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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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Conclusion: What You Find When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There

Conclusion: What You Find When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There

(p.211) Conclusion: What You Find When You Stop Looking for What Isn’t There
Imagine No Religion

Carlin A. Barton

Daniel Boyarin

Fordham University Press

Our readers will surely have noticed two “I’s” in this book: two speakers with distinct voices but a perhaps surprising degree of agreement in substance between them. This book is the product of the confluence of two projects that we were working on respectively about five years ago. Barton was studying the Roman sacrificial system (to which she will now return), and Boyarin was tracing the genealogy of “Judaism” (to which he will now return). At a certain point, reading each other’s early drafts, we realized that the propaedeutic for both projects was similar: a close study of the ancient Latin and Greek terms later taken to mean “religion” was a necessary foundation for both our projects. Barton, a Roman historian, took on the Latin work. She had long wrestled with the meanings of ...

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