Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on ReligionModern Fascinations

Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on ReligionModern Fascinations

Daniel Gold

Print publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780520236134

Publisher: University of California Press

Abstract

This book addresses a fundamental dilemma in religious studies. Exploring the tension between humanistic and social scientific approaches to thinking and writing about religion, the author develops a line of argument that begins with the aesthetics of academic writing in the field. He shows that successful writers on religion employ characteristic aesthetic strategies in communicating their visions of human truths, and examines these strategies with regard to epistemology and to the study of religion as a collective endeavor. The author looks at whether a peculiarly expressive genre of writing on religion began at a specific moment in history and, if so, what this might suggest about the cultural significance about religio-historical practice.