Vital Signs

Religion as a Social System

To study any vital religion is to address, as a matter of hypothesis, a striking example of how people explain to themselves who they are as a social entity. Religion as a powerful force in human culture is realized in society, not only or even mainly in theology.

Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner was research professor of religion and theology and senior fellow in the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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