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Summary: The Reproductionist Interpretation Of Religion

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However, there is disagreement with some of the statements in the second quote. This quote suggests that religion is created by the scholar’s generalizations. For instance, many approaches addressed so far such as classical psychological approaches have an overall reductionist interpretation of religion. To explain, reductionism involves simplifying knowledge in terms of basic or natural causes. For example, as seen from James’s theories, the only way to interpret the meaning of religious phenomenon is to analyze it according to its biological or psychological traits. This is considered a failure of knowledge because it leaves out the entire viewpoint. Furthermore, the classical approach is missing the element of the sacred, which is what makes

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