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Sacred Quest An Invitation to the Study of Religion

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ISBN-10: 0136061524

ISBN-13: 9780136061526

Edition: 5th 2010

Authors: Lawrence Cunningham, John Kelsay

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This text provides a thematic and comparative approach to the study of religion. The focus of individual chapters gives equal weight to both theoretical issues and to practices as they are reflected in the major religions of the world.
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Book details

List price: $43.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 6/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The Breadth and Depth of Religious Experience
A Brief Outline of the Phenomenological Method
Attitudes and Institutions in the Study of Religion
A Final Word
Suggestions for Further Reading
Toward a Definition of Religion
The Search for a Definition of Religion
Elements of Religion
Religion and Human Thought
Religion and Feeling
Religion and Action
Individual and Social Existence
Values and Religion
Substance or Function?
Toward Resolution
A Proposal
In Conclusion
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Nature of the Sacred
The Complex Character of the Sacred
The Concept of Sacred Reality
Specially Distinctive
To Some Extent, Beyond the Volitional Control of Human Beings
Specially Prominent with Respect to Human Welfare
Properly Determinative of Various Aspects of Human Existence
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Appearance of the Sacred
Types of Sacred Appearance
Varieties of Media
Sacred Persons
Sacred Objects
Sacred Time
Sacred Space
Sacred Appearance and the Complexity of Traditions
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Language(s) of the Sacred
Story as Parable
The Preservation of Sacred Language
Oral Cultures
Scriptural Cultures
A Summary and Synthesis
The Language of Theology
The Visual Language of Religion
Language and Truth
Suggestions for Further Reading
Myth(os) and Ritual
The Passover
Holy Communion (The Eucharist)
Rites of Passage
Birth Rituals
Rituals of Initiation
Rituals of Mourning and Death
Temporal Rites and Celebrations
The Religious Meaning(s) of Ritual
Ritual as a Problem
Ritual as a System
Suggestions for Further Reading
Sacred Communities
The Social Character of Religion
Religion and Social Resistance
Tradition and Innovation
The Social Aspects of Worship
A Word of Conclusion
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Problem of Evil
Identifying Evil
Responses to Evil: Some Classic Patterns
Evil and Karma: The Indian Context
The Consolation of Promise
The Appeal to Sovereignty
Are the Answers Adequate?
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion and Morality
Defining the Issues
Religion, Morality, and Justification
Justification: General Considerations
Practical Justification: Three Cases
Hinduism: The Caste System
Islam: The Justification and Limitation of War
Christianity: Why Pray?
Religion and Morality: Patterns
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Quest for Salvation
Concepts of Salvation
Individual Salvation in This World
The Search for Meaning
The Desire to Be Remembered
The Ideal of Completion
Individual Salvation in Another World
Joining the Spirit World
Cosmic Cycling or Expansion
The Idea of Judgment
Group Salvation in This World
Salvation Through the People
Salvation Through the Tradition
Salvation in the Kingdom of God in This World
Group Salvation in Another World
Now That Distinctions Have Been Made
Paths to Salvation
The Path of Knowledge
The Path of Action
The Path of Aesthetics
The Path of Submission
The Path of Grace
A Closing Reminder
Suggestions for Further Reading