Making magic religion, magic, and science in the modern world Randall Styers

Annotation Since the emergence of religious studies and the social sciences as academic disciplines, the concept of "magic" has played a major role in defining religion and in mediating the relation of religion to science. Across these disciplines, magic has regularly been configured as a...

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Main Author: Styers, Randall (Author)
Format: Electronic
Language:English
Published: New York Oxford University Press [2004]
Series:Reflection and theory in the study of religion.
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