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Religion, Emotion, SensationAffect Theories and Theologies$
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Karen Bray and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285679

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285679.001.0001

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Introduction: Mappings and Crossings

Introduction: Mappings and Crossings

(p.1) Introduction: Mappings and Crossings
(p.v) Religion, Emotion, Sensation

Karen Bray

Stephen D. Moore

Fordham University Press

This introduction to the volume begins with a definition of affect and proceeds to a mapping of the principal varieties of affect theory. Having critically discussed the most common mapping of the field, it proposes that affect theory may best be focused through three interconnected, yet distinct, lenses: a psychobiological lens, a prepersonal lens, and a cultural lens. The introduction then ponders possible relationships between affect theory and theology and the study of religion more broadly, and proposes that affect theory makes at least four key contributions to religious studies: it facilitates engagement with the religious significance of the non-linguistic and the non-rational; it impels attention to material encounters in the religious sphere; it highlights affective religious dimensions in contemporary cultural and political movements; and it returns us to “the fourth source of theology” after scripture, tradition, and reason—that of experience.

Keywords:   affect, affect theory, Gilles Deleuze, new materialism, Sylvan Tomkins

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