Studying Religion An Introduction Through Cases

ISBN-10: 0072986190
ISBN-13: 9780072986198
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Gary E. Kessler
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List price: $64.06
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Key features include a new section on fieldwork & suggested fieldwork assignments that are now integrated with each chapter.

Preface
Preliminaries
Thinking about Being a Student of Religion
Insider's and Outsider's Perspectives
Qualities Worth Having
Openness
Honesty
Critical Intelligence
Careful Observing, Reading, and Listening
Critical Tolerance
Why Study Religion?
Plan of the Book
Review Questions Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
On Defining and Studying Religion
Marks of a Good Definition
Usefulness
Precision
Freedom from Bias
Two Definitions
Superstition, Magic, and Religion
Toward a Working Definition of Religion
A Simple Map of the Field
Goals and Methods
Description
Interpretation
Explanation
Evaluation
Fieldwork
A Controversy
Review Questions Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Liminaries
Sacred Power
Two Case Studies
Dao (Tao)
Anselm on God
Comparison
Forms of Sacred Power
Spirits, Ancestors, and Totems
Goddesses and Gods
Monotheism and Deism
Dualism Divine
Pantheism and Monism
Agnosticism and Atheism
Review Questions
Research Case: Ganesha Questions on the Case of Ganesha Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Myth as Sacred Story
Two Case Studies
Enuma elish
Moses
Comparison
Types and Functions
Theories of Myth
Myth and Science
Review Questions
Research Case: The Primal Man Questions on the Case of the Primal Man Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Ritual as Sacred Action
Two Case Studies
Akitu Festival
Her Alone They Sing Over (Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan)
Comparison
Types and Functions
Sacrifice
Magic, Performatives, and Ritual
Myth and Ritual
Review Questions
Research Case: Seder Questions on the Case of the Seder Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Sacred Space, Time, and Art
Two Case Studies
Mount Kilimanjaro
The Dreamtime
Comparison
Features of Sacred Space and Time
Religion and Art
Architecture
Music
Review Questions
Research Case: The Cathedral of St. Andrew Questions on the Case of the Cathedral of St. Andrew Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Experiencing the Sacred
Two Case Studies
Muhammad
The Buddha
Comparison
Debates about the Nature of Religious Experiences
Shamanic Ecstasy
Mystical Techniques and States
Typologies of Mystical Experiences
Mystical Experience: Pure or Culturally Conditioned?
Mystical Techniques
Psychoanalytic Theories
Review Questions
Research Case: St. Teresa of Avila Questions on the Case of St. Teresa of Avila Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Evil
Two Case Studies
Karma
The Mahdi
Comparison
Types of Theodicies
Karma Theodicies
Eschatological Theodicies
Theodicies of Participation
Dualistic Theodicies
The Theological Problem of Evil
How Theodicies Work
Review Questions
Research Case: Manichaeism Questions on the Case of Manichaeism Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources
Religion and Morality
Two Case Studies
Divine Command Theor
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