"Gold has cleverly managed to write an important new genealogy for
the history of religions, and like any good genealogist, he sets
out to resolve a shadow in our ancestry. The issue at hand is not
science versus disguised theory or imagination, but the blessed
union between a vital science and a keen sense of the aesthetics of
religiohistorical writing. This is a ground-breaking work,
essential reading for scholars and students of religion."--Joanne
Punzo Waghorne, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-editor of "Gods of Flesh, Gods of
Stone: The Embodiment of Divinity in India
"A most important and original corrective to a confused and
self-contradictory set of dogmas that have split the field of
comparative religions in disastrous ways in past decades."--Wendy
Doniger, Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religion,
University of Chicago
"An engaging, refreshing and exciting book. This impressive
account of humanistic writing about religion in the 20th century
greatly expands the history of the study. And for people who
already know the history, Gold's approach comes as a breath of
fresh air."--Greg Alles, author of "The Iliad, the Ramayana, and
the Work of Religion: Failed Persuasion and Religious
"At long last, an up-to-date, theoretically sophisticated
exploration of the history of religions and religious studies and
their development in the 20th century! Focusing on the many ways in
which influential scholars have creatively managed an intrinsic
tension between aesthetic sensitivity and scientific commitment,
Gold provides a richly documented account. Fascinating Truths is
one of those very rarediscipline-oriented books that both illumines
the past and establishes a creative trajectory for the
future."--Frank Reynolds, Professor Emeritus of History of
Religions at the University of Chicago and editor of "Religion and
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