Theories of Religion


Durkheim, Emile. “Concerning the Definition of Religious Phenomena.” In Durkheim on Religion, edited by W. S. F. Pickering, 74-99. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994

—. “Emile Durkheim: The Social as Sacred.” In Introducing Religion: Readings from the Classic Theorists, edited by Daniel L. Pals, 99-142. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. (reading from The Elementary Forms of Religious Life)

Lincoln, Bruce. Authority: Construction and Corrosion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. (Mainly 1-13 and 103-13)

—. Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. (Mainly 15-37)

—. “Theses on Method.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 17 (2005): 8-10.

McCutcheon, Russell T. Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

—. Religion and the Domestication of Dissent: Or, How to Live in a Less Than Perfect Nation. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2005.

Orsi, Robert A. “Everyday Miracles: The Study of Live Religion.” In Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice, edited by David D. Hall, 3-21. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

—. “Snakes Alive: Religious Studies between Heaven and Earth.” In Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them, by Robert A. Orsi, 177-204. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Smith, Jonathan Z. Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. (Mainly xi-xiii, 36-65, 135, 141-45)

—. “Religion, Religions, Religious.” In Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion, by Jonathan Z. Smith, 179-96. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.