Introduction to the Study of Religion-2nd Edition

ISBN-10: 1570759979
ISBN-13: 9781570759970
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Description: This introductory text helps students think through the basic questions that arise in the study of religion. What is the nature of religious experience? How does religion shape the actions of individuals and communities? How does religion promote or  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

This introductory text helps students think through the basic questions that arise in the study of religion. What is the nature of religious experience? How does religion shape the actions of individuals and communities? How does religion promote or inhibit human development and well-being? This 2nd edition has been updated throughout, including new examples, new themes such as religious fundamentalism and violence, and a new emphasis on environmental issues.

Introduction to the Second Edition
Human Experience and Religion
Creating Order and Meaning
Shaping Human Experience
Order and Meaning
The Symbolic Process
Cultures and Cosmologies
Experience and Imagination
The Aryans and Vedic Religion
The Haudenosaunee and Longhouse Religion
Resources
Religious Understandings of Life
The Power of Life
Land in Warlpiri Experience
Freedom in Jewish Experience
Sacred Space and Sacred Time
Person, Self, and Experience
Resources
The Study of Religion
Nature, Culture, and Religion
Culture-A Shared Pattern for Living
Studying Religion
Defining Religion
Science and Religion
Symbolic Forms
Resources
Religious Action
Ritual Action
Religious Ritual
Symbolic/Expressive Dimensions of Ritual
Personal and Social Functions of Ritual
Types of Religious Ritual
Summary
Resources
Ethical Action
Religious Ethics
Religion as a Source of Ethics
Norms for Moral Conduct
Norms for Moral Character
Social Ethics
The Relationship between Symbolic and Practical Religious Action
Ritual and Moral Pedagogy
Ritual and Moral Redemption
Ritual and Moral Transformation
Summary
Resources
Religious Language
Talking about the Sacred
Religious Language and Figurative Language: Sides of the Same Coin
Religious Metaphors: Here One Century, Gone the Next
Myth
Prophets Who Challenge the Status Quo
Many Types of Religious Language
Summary
Resources
Scriptures, Canons, and Creeds
Scripture
Why Scripture and Not the Bible?
Reading Religious Literature
Critical Reading for Meaning Inside and Outside a Religious Tradition
The World within the Text
Thinking with Scriptures
Doctrines and Creeds
Summary
Resources
Religious Change
Personal Religious Change
Personal Religious Change as Development
Personal Religious Change as Conversion
Development and Conversion in an Individual Life
Personal Conversion and New Religions
From Personal to Communal Religious Development
Summary
Resources
Communal Religious Change
Renewal and Reform within a Religion
Social Change as a Catalyst for Religious Change
Cultural Contact and Religious Change
Religion as a Catalyst for Social Change
Resistance to Change
Summary
Resources
Religious Authenticity
Alienation
The Religious Legitimation of Cultural Biases
Alienating Images of God
The Tendencies of Religious Authorities to Control
Religious Responses in the Face of Suffering
Personal Sources of Alienation
Responses to Alienation
Cults
Religion Understood as Totally Alienating
The Ambiguity of Religion
Summary
Resources
Reconcilling Religion
Personal Reconciliation within the Community
Conflicting Worldviews
The Confession of Transgressions
Reconciliation between Religious Groups
Reconciliation to Oneself
Buddhism and Inner Peace
The Concept of Reconciliation in Review
Conclusion
Resources
Glossary
Index

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