Religion. Brendan Rapple LIS413 23 June, 2009 Simmons College. Very Broad Discipline. “A scholarly inquiry into the religious aspects of human societies and the cultures associated with them.” Obviously, it’s a very wide ranging discipline.
Brendan Rapple LIS413
23 June, 2009 Simmons College
“The religious studies curriculum has become, increasingly, a crazy quilt of courses encompassing many disciplines, eras, regions, languages, and methods of inquiry.”
Still, a number of techniques or modes of inquiry tend to predominate, e.g.:
In most cultures around the world, save Western traditions especially Christianity, religion and dance are practically synonymous. From the ancient Bharata natyam of South India to Hopi Kachina dances, from Jewish wedding dances to the Sufi whirling dervishes religion is not only expressed, but enacted, through dance. For many religious traditions, religion without dance is Christianity (and to a lesser extent other Western religions) and given the influence of Christian (and other Western religious) studies on the academic study of religion, dance, and to a somewhat lesser extent other forms of physical movement and ritual, have received almost no attention by students of religion. It is astonishing that the academic study of religion has been so little attentive to the religious forms by which most religious people identify their own religiousness [Sam Gill, 1994].
Scholars often make use of materials not hitherto within the purview of the study of religion:
English language work for all subjects in Catholic tradition including theology. Textbook 174
This is an electronic version of the standard 15 volume reference work published during 1907-1913. The articles are still in the process of being digitized but a great many are already available and still useful despite the dated scholarship.
In addition to Thomas's entire corpus of writings, this includes 61 other works contemporary to Thomas.
As a computerized Patrology, it covers the period from the late second century to the fifteenth century -- Latin texts from Tertullian to William of Ockham.
A quarterly publication established in 1975, offers abstracts of recent books from the entire array of subfields in the discipline.
English titles predominate, although other languages are also represented. It also includes recent dissertations, and dissertations in progress.
However, its usefulness is limited by the lack of cumulative volumes or indexes other than an annual one, and by its emphasis on English-language titles.
Print and online.
Let’s take an example . . . . .
This information is often poorly documented and just as often very scattered.