Pages: 150
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld Academic


An Historical Perspective

Wilfred Cantwell Smith

A unique historical analysis of the concept of ‘belief’ from a renowned author
9781851681662 (1 Jul 1998)
RRP £16.00 / US$22.00

The Book

Today the concept of "believing" is generally considered to be of central significance to one's faith. Smith traces the history of "believing" through a discussion of religious belief from a modern philosophical and linguistic perspective; an assessment of the history of the words "belief" and "believe"; as well as through the study of biblical passages. Smith's comprehensive enquiry reveals that this emphasis on its importance is a relatively modern phenomenon.

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 150
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Wilfred Cantwell Smith is Professor Emeritus of the Comparative History of Religion at Harvard and was also Chairman of the Study of Religion there. His academic career has taken him from Lahore, India, through Montreal to Harvard. He has published many academic texts as well as journal articles, and has been on the editorial board of seven scholarly journals in the UK and overseas.

Table of Contents

I. The Meaning of Religious Statements: Comments on a Debate.

II. The Modern History of "Believing": The Drfit Away from Faith

III. The Bible: Belief as Non-Scriptural

Notes and References

General Index

Index of Biblical Passages

Index of Some Significant Hebrew and Greek Terms.

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