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Religion - Science of Religion

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Author(s): Günter Lanczkowski | Wilhelm Keilbach | Osmund Schreuder
Part of Religion: 1. Concept of Religion 2. Science of Religion 3. Theology of Religions A. Introduction 1. The “science of religion" , a term first used by the Oxford professor Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900), is the scientific discipline, often called “comparative religion”, whose task is the empirical investigation of all religions, from those of the advanced cultures to those of the “primitives” (rather, non-literate peoples). It takes in all their past and present forms, and their relationship to civilization,…