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Anyone who is serious about the study of religion needs to know about the history and development of this field of academic work.
General overviews that all Religious Studies majors ought to read:
Walter H. Capps, Religious Studies, Minneapolis, fortress Press, 1995
Eric Sharpe, Comparative Religion: A History, London, Duckworth, 1994
Louis Henry Jordan, Comparative Religion, Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1905
Classical texts that every Religious Studies graduate student ought to know about:
Friedrich Schliermacher, Speeches On Religion, New York, Harper & Row, 1958
David F. Strauss, The Life of Jesus critically examined, Philadelphia : Fortress, 1972
David F. Strauss, The old faith and the new A confession, London, Asher & Co., 1873
David F. Strauss, The Christ of faith and the Jesus of history : a critique of Schleiermacher's Life and Jesus, Philadelphia : Fortress Press, c1977.
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity, New York, Harper & Row, 1957
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, On Religion, Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1955
Max Müller, Introduction to the Study of Religion, London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873
Emile Durkheim                                    The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Ernst Troeltsch, Religion in History, Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 1991
Ernst Troeltsch, The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches, London, George Allen & Unwin, 1931
Max Weber, Sociology of Religion, London, Methuen & Co., 1956
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, New York, Charles, Scribner’s & Sons, 1958
Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy, New York, Oxford University Press, 1957.
Friedrich Heiler, Prayer New York : Oxford University Press, 1958
James Johnston, Centenary Conference on Protestant Missions, 1888, London, James Nisbet & Co, 1889
S.H. Kellogg, Handbook of Comparative Religion, Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1929
J.W. Hanson, ed., The World’s Congress on Religion: Addresses and Papers, Chicago, Ill., Mammoth Publishing, 1894
Friedrich von Hügel, Essays & addresses on the philosophy of religion, London, J. M. Dent & Sons, 1926