Studying Religion An Introduction Through Cases

ISBN-10: 0073386596
ISBN-13: 9780073386591
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Gary E. Kessler
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List price: $150.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.30" wide x 9.10" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Through the use of thought-provoking case studies, summaries, and review questions, this introductory level text shows students how to engage in the academic, objective study of religion and helps instructors address some of the typical problems they encounter when introducing students to the study of religion. Kessler guides students through an unbiased and varied study of religious beliefs and practices such as sacred power, myths and rituals, religious art, the problem of evil, and the relationship between religion and morality. The text also addresses issues of gender and religious institutionalization.

Preface
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?
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
Is Secular Humanism a 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
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 and Violence
Myth and Ritual
Review Questions
Research Case-Seder
Questions on the Case of the Seder
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Sacred Space and Time
Two Case Studies
Mount Kilimanjaro
The Dreamtime
Comparison
Features of Sacred Space and Time
Glimpsing the Sacred
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
Explaining 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 Theory
Confucian Virtue
Comparison
Identifying and Legitimating Moral Norms
What are the Elements of a Religious Morality?
Retribution
Overcoming Moral Failure
Review Questions
Research Case-Jain Nonviolence
Questions on the Case of Jain Nonviolence
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Religion and Politics
Two Case Studies
Inside the Mind of a Religious Terrorist
Separation of Church and State
Comparison
Patterns of Political Engagement
Just War and Holy War
Civil Religion
Theocracy
Review Questions
Research Case-The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Questions on the Case of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Organizing the Sacred
Two Case Studies
Tibetan Buddhism
Jonestown
Comparison
The Dilemmas of Institutionalization
Types of Authority
Scripture
Gender
Review Questions
Research Case-Shinto
Questions on the Case of Shinto
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Human Existence and Destiny
Two Case Studies
Sikhism
Christianity
Comparison
Religions of Salvation and Society
Where are We Going?
Review Questions
Research Case-Zen Buddhism
Questions on the Case of Zen Buddhism
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Religious Diversity and Truth
Why Can't We All Get Along?
Exclusivism, Inclusivism, and Pluralism
Exclusivism
Inclusivism
Pluralism
Can We Determine Religious Truth?
Language Games
Critical Tolerance and the Principle of Charity
The Blind People and the Elephant
The Elephant Principle
Review Questions
Research Case-Baha'l
Questions on the Case of Baha'i
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Resources
Notes
Glossary
Credits
Index

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