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In this study, Paul S. Chung charts the history of social

scientific study of religion from the axial age to the present day, and thereby

lays a foundation for a new model of constructive theology in the comparative

study of religion, culture and society. Analysing the thought of Max Weber,

Alfred Schutz, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Edmund Husserl, Max Horkheimer

and others, Chung deals effectively with material interests, power relations and

the history of race, gender and sexuality. The result is a synthesis that is at

once innovative, critical, and applicable to current methodology in theology

and the social sciences.

Paul S. Chung is distinguished professor in systematic theology and interreligious study at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has previously taught at the Graduate Theological Union, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and Luther Seminary. His previous publications include Comparative Theology among Multiple Modernities and Critical Theory and Political Theology: The Aftermath of Enlightenment.

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