Rethinking Religion A Concise Introduction

ISBN-10: 0195169816
ISBN-13: 9780195169812
Edition: 2004
Authors: Will Deming
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 9.02" wide x 6.42" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The overwhelming majority of people in the world--85%--are religious, and more religions are now practiced in the United States than in any other country. Religion plays a critical role in international politics, in the global economy, and in a wide variety of social and cultural interactions on the domestic front. Even though religion is such an integral part of today's world, many Americans have difficulty discussing it publicly. They are often unfamiliar with any religion buttheir own, finding other religions mysterious or even threatening. Offering a brief and accessible point of entry into the subject, Rethinking Religion: A Concise Introduction begins by highlighting the significance of religion in modern society and providing a simple definition that goes beyond vague notions of "faith" or "belief in God." Drawing material from a diverse range of religions--including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and primalreligions--author Will Deming walks readers through thirty examples of how religions"work," exploring the significance of religious events and pronouncements. He also considers several topics that continue to fascinate and challenge Westerners: the ethics of studying someone else's religion, the "truth" of religion, the possibilities for preferring one religion over another, religiouspluralism, and the contentious dialogue between science and religion. Enhanced by an innovative glossary of religious terms and numerous pictures and analyses of everyday religious activities, Rethinking Religion: A Concise Introduction is ideal for introducing students to the concept of religion and for courses in comparative and world religions. It is also captivating reading for theologians, scholars, and anyone interested in the topic.

Preface
Introduction
Starting Points
Why Study Religion?
What Is Religion?
Religious Symbols
Thirty Examples
Hinduism
Buddhism
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Primal Religions
Complexities, Limits, Ethics
Change in Symbolic Systems over Time
Further Complexities of Analysis
The Limits of Analysis
The Ethics of Analysis
Comparison and Evaluation
The Comparison of Religions
The Evaluation of Religion
The Evaluation of Religions
Conclusion
Postscript: Science and Religions
Notes
Analytical Glossary of Religious Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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