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Modern Religion, Modern Race

Theodore Vial


Religion is a racialized category, even when race is not explicitly mentioned in religious contexts or when we are discussing religion. By analyzing key figures at the birth of the modern world, the world that in turn gave birth to our ideas of religion and race, we can see how the concepts of religion and race are structured, we can see how they continue to be employed as we make sense of the world and do the work of comparative religions, and we can see how religion and race are linked. The structure of these concepts and their foundational role in the social imaginary of the modern world ar ... More

Keywords: religion, race, genealogy, religious studies, comparative religions, expressivism, Kant, Herder, Schleiermacher, Müller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190212551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Vial, author
Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought, Iliff School of Theology