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Imagine No ReligionHow Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities$
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Carlin A. Barton and Daniel Boyarin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271191

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.001.0001

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Introduction: What You Can See When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There

Introduction: What You Can See When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There

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(p.1) Introduction: What You Can See When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There
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Imagine No Religion
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Carlin A. Barton

Daniel Boyarin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.003.0001

When one encounters the word “religion” in a translation of an ancient text: First, cross out the word whenever it occurs. Next, find a copy of the text in question in its original language and see what word (if any) is being translated by “religion.” Third, come up with a different translation: It almost doesn’t matter what. Anything besides “religion.”...

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