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The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion (Midway Reprint) [Paperback]

by Mircea Eliade
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May 15, 1984 0226203867 978-0226203867
In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural function that a study of the history of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the intelligent general reader in the hope that what he calls a new humanism "will be engendered by a confrontation of modern Western man with unknown or less familiar worlds of meaning."

"Each of these essays contains insights which will be fruitful and challenging for professional students of religion, but at the same time they all retain the kind of cultural relevance and clarity of style which makes them accessible to anyone seriously concerned with man and his religious possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education

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Mircea Eliade (1907–1986) was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor at the Divinity School and professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He was one of the most influential scholars of religion of the 20th century and one of the world’s foremost interpreters of religious symbolism and myth. Eliade was the author of many works of scholarship and fiction, including A History of Religious Ideas and ten novels.

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  • Series: Midway Reprint
  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226203867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226203867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quest for Relevance--Still Relevant Today January 14, 2007
The title chapter of the book makes the book as a whole worth a good read through, especially if you are in or are influenced by the field of Religious Studies. Already in the 1960's, Eliade was lamenting the over-specialization running rampant in many humanities fields which tended to make research about little more than an exercise in pointing out random curiosities rather than contributing to the ongoing cultural discourse of our own society. If you've ever felt like academia has grown too detached and irrelevant in recent decades, you'll find a kindred spirit in Eliade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read April 20, 2011
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This is the second that my son requested. It was also VERY MEANINGFUL for him. I think the Author is about to bring out more work. I'm sure he will ask for the others. THANX !!
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