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1 The Nature and Substance of the Study of Religion: A Critical Perspective from the Development of Modern Western Religious Studies (从对近代西方宗教学发展的审思探讨宗教学的性质和内容 构成)

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This chapter examines the emergence and development of modern comparative religious studies in the West. Then, it comparatively and critically explores opinions regarding the nature and substance of religious studies that were put forward by the most representative Western scholars in this field. The issue of "nature and substance" is the question that must be solved before the creation of religious studies. In this book which provides a comparative critical exploration into the historical development of modern Western religious studies in the last one hundred years, the author formulates his own point of view in regard to the nature and substance of religious studies. Such an effort theoretically prepares the reader for the coming of a Chinese theoretical system of religious studies. In very recent years, Chinese academia has become increasingly aware of the importance of religious studies.

Keywords: Chinese theoretical system; modern Western religious studies; psychology; sociology



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