Taking superstitions seriously

  title={Taking superstitions seriously},
  author={Torunn Selberg},
  pages={297 - 306}
This paper discusses how the concepts of superstition and tradition are used in current discourse about new religions. A range of different associations are assigned to these concepts which are used to describe the actual religious situation—at times attacking, but also defending religious multiplicity. 

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ii Acknowledgements iii



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