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A Materialist Theory of Religion: The Latin American Frame

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Abstract This review essay engages Manuel Vásquez’s new book, More than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion, from the perspective of Latin American religious practice and thought. Vásquez’s materialist theory of religion is shaped by Latin American intellectual strands, including liberationist intellectual concerns and commitments. While Vásquez’s focus remains primarily on the body, his work allows for and invites a more extended theorization of material religion (or material culture)—bringing new attention to the “objects,” the “things,” that so often anchor and define religious practice in Latin America and across the globe.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religious Studies, UC Riverside 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521 University of California Riverside USA jhughes@ucr.edu

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