Jonathan Z. Smith

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Jonathan Zittell Smith (November 21, 1938 – December 30, 2017) was a historian of religions and Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago.


  • Religion is not a native category. It is not a first-person term of self-characterization. It is a category imposed from the outside on some aspect of native culture.
    • Relating Religion (2004), p. 179.

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