Exploring Religious Meaning

ISBN-10: 0130923869

ISBN-13: 9780130923868

Edition: 6th 2003 (Revised)

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Description: For courses in Introduction to Religion and Religion and Culture. This text provides the tools and resources for exploring the many dimensions of religion as a central reality of human life. It was designed for introductory courses in religion, religion and culture, religion and society, and the humanities. It can also been used as a main or supplementary text for courses in comparative religion, sociology of religion, and philosophy of religion .

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List price: $95.20
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 5/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Preface or Some Ways of Using This Text
Religion and Religious Traditions
Toward a Definition of Religion
Reliance upon a Pivotal Value
Person-in-Community
An Individual and Person-in-Community
Other Values Subordinate to Central Value
Authentic to the Individual
Religious Tradition
Life-Governing Value
Understanding Based on Dialogue
Communication
Religious Traditions
Hinduism
Buddhism
Taoism
Confucianism
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Summary
Basic Tenets of the Major World Religions
Experiencing Religion
Religious Experience
God's Call, Moses' Response
Gautama's Quest for Nirvana
Sufi Encounters
Saint Teresa's Ecstasy
Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mahatma Gandhi's Religious Journey
Elements of Religious Experience
The Role of Symbols in Religion
The Role of Ritual in Religion
Myth and Religious Insight
Magic: Theory and Practice
Ecstatic Religious Phenomena
Mysticism in Religious Experience
Religion in Artistic Expression
Art as Symbolic Vehicle
Images of Jesus as Christ in the Early Church
Luminous Wholeness in Western European Medieval Architecture
The Divine
Knowledge, Belief, Authority, and Tradition
How Do We Know? What Can We Know?
Interpretation and Verification of Religious Knowledge
General and Special Revelation, Reason and Faith
Authority in Religion
Tradition: Its Meaning and Function
The Anatomy of Faith
Ways of Conceiving the Divine
The Holy
The Divine Expressed in Religious Texts
Conceptual Expressions of the Divine
Spirit
The Self and Religion
Evil: Its Reality and Meaning
Why Suffering?
Concepts of Evil
Institutionalized Forms of Evil
Understanding the Self
The Nature of Humanity
On the Meaning of Person
Views of Being Human, East and West
Freedom and the Self
Human Freedom
Concepts of Christian Choosing: Grace, Predestination, and Accountability
Sin and Guilt
Roles of Shame and Guilt
Guilt and Religious Experience
Judeo-Christian Concepts of Sin
Death and the Self
Attitudes Toward Death
How It May Feel To Die
Death and the Afterlife: Cultural Perspectives
Resurrection and Monotheistic Faith
Salvation and Redemption
Salvation
Eschatology: The Coming Fulfillment
Religion and the Sociocultural Context
The Religious Matrix of Interpersonal Relations
The Individual and the Community
Love and Duty
Act and Motive
Corporate Expressions of Ethical Concerns
Liberation Theology and Justice
Peace or Justice?
Religion and the Social Status of Women
Sexuality and Human Liberation
Poverty and Race
Ethnic Pluralism and Contemporary American Religion
Religious Traditions and Social Stability
Community of Faith
Wholeness of Life in a Simply Structured Society
Wholeness of Life in Classical Greece
Japanese Fondness of Simplicity
Religious Traditions and Social Change
Population Growth and World Hunger
Religion, Humanity, and Technology
Secularization
Characteristics of Modernization
Modernism and Postmodernism: Some Variations
New Religious Movements
Religion and the Natural Order
Human Response to the Natural Process
Humanity and the World
Nature and the Natural
Order and Origins
Religious Views on the Origin of the Universe
Religious Vision and Scientific Method
The Temporal and Eternal
Index of Religious Traditions
Index of Names and Subjects
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