Are Historians of Religions Necessarily Believers?

Robert A. Segal

Abstract


As defined by leading practitioners like Mircea Eliade, the history of religions, like the phenomenology of religion, purports only to describe, not to endorse, the believer's view of the origin, function, and meaning of religion. I argue that historians, whether or not phenomenologists, in fact commit themselves to endorsing the believer's view.


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