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What do we Study When we Study Religion?1

  • J. Arthur Martin (a1)


In ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’ Laurence Sterne writes:

That of all the several ways of beginning a book which are now in practice throughout the known world, I am confident my own way of doing it is the best—I'm sure it is the most religious—for I begin with writing the first sentence—and trusting to Almighty God for the second.



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1 The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902; The Modern Library Edition, New York, p. 35.

1 A paper read at a meeting of the New England Region of the American Academy of Religion, April 1973.


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