The Brill Dictionary of Religion
Stuckrad, Kocku von, editor
Barr, Robert, translator
Leiden: Brill, 2007 pp. xxxvi + 2100 (4 vols.). $199.00
Description: The new and impressively comprehensive Brill Dictionary of Religion addresses religion as an element of daily life and public discourse. Richly illustrated and with more than 500 entries, the dictionary is a multi-media reference source on the many and various forms of religious commitment. It is unusual in that it not only addresses the different theologies and doctrinal declarations of the official institutionalized religions but it also gives equal weight and consideration to a multiplicity of other religious phenomena.
People perceive and express religious experiences in many different ways: through dance, sensuality, in relations between sexes and in compassion at death. Religions help determine how people form and perceive their identity as part of a social group. The diverse effects of religions can also be perceived in the environment, society and the public sphere. The Brill Dictionary of Religion helps map out and define the networks and connections created by various religions in contemporary societies, and provides models for understanding these complex phenomena.
Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion
Review by Wolfram Reiss
Citation: Wolfram Reiss, review of Kocku von Stuckrad, ed., The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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