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By Jonathan Z. Smith

In this significant theoretical and methodological assertion at the heritage of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith exhibits how convert apologetic agendas can dictate the process comparative spiritual stories. As his instance, Smith experiences 4 centuries of scholarship evaluating early Christianities with religions of overdue Antiquity (especially the so-called secret cults) and exhibits how this scholarship has been dependent upon an underlying Protestant-Catholic polemic. the result's a devastating critique of conventional New testomony scholarship, a redescription of early Christianities as spiritual traditions amenable to comparability, and a milestone in Smith's debatable method of comparative spiritual studies.

"An vital ebook, and definitely probably the most major within the profession of Jonathan Z. Smith, whom one could enterprise to name the best pathologist within the heritage of religions. As in lots of precedent instances, Smith follows a typical method: he rigorously selects his sufferer, after which dissects with creative finesse and unequaled acumen. The operation is often worthy, and a deconstructor of Smith's quality is tough to find."—Ioan P. Coulianu, Journal of faith

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