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Personal Religion?

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This chapter explores the skeptical, historical and literary inquiry of theological assumptions of Robert McQueen Grant. André-Jean Festugière used the term "personal religion" to designate an aspect of Greek religion that subsequent scholars have not seen fit to use. The theological assumptions Festugière brought to his project were Christian. The focus Festugière preserved throughout his study, his use of evidence, and the conclusions he derived from his inquiry are remarkable in their consistency and economy. Personal religion, as Festugière construes it, is a pervasive theme that runs throughout ancient Greek religion. Festugière made intimacy between gods and humans the central feature of his concept of personal religion among the Greeks.

Keywords: André-Jean Festugière; personal religion; Robert McQueen Grant; theological assumptions



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