By Mircea Eliade
Publish yr note: First released in 1969
In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural functionality research of the background of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the clever basic reader within the desire that what he calls a brand new humanism "will be engendered by way of a disagreement of contemporary Western guy with unknown or much less usual worlds of meaning."
"Each of those essays includes insights so that it will be fruitful and demanding for pro scholars of faith, yet whilst all of them preserve the type of cultural relevance and readability of favor which makes them obtainable to someone heavily curious about guy and his non secular possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education
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Additional info for The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion
Entret/ens avec Ogotemmeli (Paris, 1948); G. Dieterlen, Essai sur la religion bambara, (1951); do also Eo Michael Mendelson, "Some Present Trends of Social Anthropology in France," The British Journal of SOciology, 9 (1958) : 251-70. 170 Alfred Metraux, Le Vaudou hattien (Paris, 1958), and Religions et 18 HISTORY OF RELIGIONS IN RETROSPECT Parallel to Durkheim's influence, but limited at the beginning to Germany and reaching the United States, South America, and Italy only after World War II, was the impact of the sociology of religion sensu stricto, such as was exemplified by Max Weber and Ernst Troeltsch.
A new edition of the three volume Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus (Paris, 1941-45) is in preparation. A bibliography of Dumezil was published in Hommages cl Georges Dumezil (Brussefs, 1960), (Collection Latomus, vol. XLV), pp. xixxiii. On Dumezil see M. Eliade, "La souverainete et In religion indo-europeenne," Critique, 1949, p~. 342-49, and "Pour une histoire generale des religions indo-europeennes,' Annales, 4 (1949): 183-91; Huguette Fugier, "Quarante ans de recherches sur I'ideologie indo-europ6enne: la methode de M.
Of course, other scholars of Pettazzoni's generation aimed at the same goal of covering the entire domain of allgemeine Religionsgeschichte. One may mention, for instance, Carl Clemen, E. O. James, and G. van der Leeuw. , he articulated the results of the different investigations within a general perspective. He did not hesitate to handle central, though immense, problems - the origin of monotheism, the Sky Gods, the Mysteries, confessions of sin, Zarathustra and Iranian religion, Greek religion, etc.
The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion by Mircea Eliade