Challenging Preconceptions of Divinity: Through the lens of scholars of polytheism
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The divine occupies a prevalent place in the Western mind when conceiving of religion. Many when first interrogating a phenomenon for religious content look for a god or gods by which to align their understanding of that content. This essay seeks to problematize any simple construction of the terms of divinity, and, by comparing three scholars of ancient polytheistic religions, offer suggestions for critiquing such constructions. Through this comparison we can better understand how scholars who have dealt with “the gods” have understood the objects of their study. In analyzing both their approaches and their data, this paper hopes to suggest some starting points for a better understanding of the terms of divinity, and how they might academically be used.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2009
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