Religious Studies:1-15 (forthcoming)

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Arif Ahmed
Cambridge University
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Is the analysis of religion best conducted in terms of the beliefs of its practitioners? I describe a Wittgenstein-inspired approach to belief on which it is dubious that religious practices satisfy the criteria for the attribution of belief. I defend this more moderate and plausible version of Needham's thesis against two natural reasons to think religious belief widespread.
Keywords Wittgenstein  Religious belief
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DOI 10.1017/s0034412519000234
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