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Book: Tradition

Chapter: Pure Tradition vs. History

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38401


This chapter will review the various meanings of religion, in the rich dictionary sense. A historical overview will show the long-standing link between tradition as history and religion, for example in the Roman typology that classified Judaism and pagan systems as religio and Christianity as superstitio. The goal is to highlight the issues that will inform later theoretical discussion: origin, transmission, truth, authenticity, identity and perception. (The main examples here will be Catholic and Protestant Christianities.)

Chapter Contributors

  • Steven Engler ( - sjengler) 'Mount Royal University'