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Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion

Paul J. Griffiths


What social conditions and intellectual practices are necessary in order for religious cultures to flourish? This book finds the answer in “religious reading” — the kind of reading in which a religious believer allows his mind to be furnished and his heart instructed by a sacred text, understood in the light of an authoritative tradition. It favorably contrasts the practices and pedagogies of traditional religious cultures with those of our own fragmented and secularized culture and insists that religious reading should be preserved.

Keywords: social conditions, intellectual practices, religious culture, religious reading, sacred text, secularized culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. Griffiths, author
University of Chicago Divinity School
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