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date: 21 October 2019

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Religion often has attended to emotion as a part of religious experience. While that has enhanced theological depth and precision, it also has framed a highly psychologized view of emotion in religion. Historical scholarship of religious practice has prompted other views of emotion, shifting attention from religious experience to culturally derived emotional frameworks. Researchers have also emphasized the cognitive element in emotion, and the biological superstructures of emotional life. Research has translated to a range of investigative projects, some blending discussion of cognition, feeling, and biology with analysis of social life and the role of culture in emotional performances in religious settings. Current research on emotion has revolved around a fairly standard listing of familiar emotions. It may be, however, that emotions or emotional clusters in religion are not easily placed on such lists. The subfield should not shy from studying emotions that seem strange.

Keywords: affect theory, cognition, culture, embodiment, emotion, experience, religion

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