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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (January 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195165705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195165708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very valuable textbook for students of religious studies or theology, but also for scholars who are in need of a first introduction to the study of religion. Edwin Koster, International Journal in Philosophy and Theology

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Daniel L. Pals is at University of Miami.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chairwoman MAO on February 19, 2007
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I actually needed this book for my Introduction to Religion class but I'm sure I will keep it even after I am finished with the class. Pals breaks down the theories into their simpliest forms and makes them so easy to understand. He summaries each theorist's section with an analysis and a critique which makes the interpretation of the text that much easier. This is a wonderful book and I would suggest it to anyone looking for possible explanations of some of the world's most popular religions...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Boyd on July 16, 2008
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great book and Pals uses his creativeness to cover the major philosophers and scientists in a particular order to demonstrate intellectual evolution (intelligence evolves as time passes and we learn from previous ages) and he also brings out how the fact the philisophers (as most humans) try to "prove" THEIR experiences in life as they perceive it. The perception complicates their objectiveness. For instance, Freud was an atheist so Freud was out to prove there is no God. Freud did not want to reveal "truth" but only what HE thought was truth. Whether it is truth or not, was irrelevant to him and many others. Each philosopher builds on the previous with a critical critique of each by Pal and the others. I thought this was a great book and easy to read (unlike other philosophy books which are extremely difficult) 5 stars for Pals!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on April 24, 2012
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Pals helps make confusing scholarship eloquent in a fairly comprehensive, dispassionate approach that helps interested non-academics like myself grasp some of the basic ideas and theories in religion.

He painstakingly sets up each philosopher's claims, notes gaps in their reasoning, provides criticisms to each theory, and includes a pretty decent bibliography.

If only I read this book in college!
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By Piamon on September 17, 2014
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Pals' "Eight Theories" (originally "Seven Theories") is a great resource for both undergraduate and graduate students. I've used this text at both levels. People around me sometimes wonder what exactly I am doing studying comparative religion. I usually say, "I study theories of religion." Pals' book is exactly this- an overview of the major theories of religion (why it exists, why it came to be, what purpose it serves...).
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Oh my goodness this book literally saved my life for my religion class! I learned a lot and i used it to write my 10 page term paper. I got it fast and It was in great conditions! The credibility of this seller stays intact! Would definitely buy again from this seller! thanks!
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By Josh on October 30, 2013
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I wouldn't suggest reading 50 pages a night being that the reading is extremely dense. Great points of views on each of the people's arguments though.
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By Sheri C. on October 13, 2014
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