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Doing Emotions History$
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Susan J. Matt and Peter N. Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038051

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038051.001.0001

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Religion and Emotions

Religion and Emotions

(p.143) Chapter 7 Religion and Emotions
Doing Emotions History

John Corrigan

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is an overview of emotions history in the context of religious studies. It remarks on several kinds of inquiry—including those having to do with popular and official religion; embodiment and objectification; words, knowledge, and feelings; religious meaning; and prospects. As intellectual history of a certain sort, the nearness of emotion to religion in the historical study of ethical thought models the ongoing influence of Christian language and the assumptions of emotional universality that are inscribed on that language. The ongoing resistance to claims for the constructedness of emotion in historical religious settings is less doctrinaire than it was in the mid to late twentieth century, but there is a strong impulse to take religious statements of emotion at face value. The result is some ongoing cultural tension between the scholarly querying of emotion and Christian-inflected thinking about religion.

Keywords:   religious studies, religion, popular religion, embodiment, objectification, constructedness, ethical thought, emotional universality, official religion

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