The Frazerian roots of contemporary theories of religion and violence

  title={The Frazerian roots of contemporary theories of religion and violence},
  author={Robert A. Segal},
  pages={25 - 4}
Abstract The association of religion with violence rather than with peace long antedates 9/11. Among theorists of religion, the association goes back at least to J.G. Frazer, author of the classic The Golden Bough (first ed. 1890). Contemporary theorists who tie religion to violence are beholden to Frazer, even when they spurn any dependence. At the same time the function of religious violence for contemporary theorists has shifted from control over the physical world to control over the social… Expand
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