Religion in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0205567797

ISBN-13: 9780205567799

Edition: 2009

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The compelling readings inFaith and Religion in the 21 st Centuryreflect the wide variety of ways in which people use writing to think and communicate about issues of religion-a timely topic in 21 st century America. This brief, affordable reader examines how faith and religion are written about in many kinds of texts-personal, sacred, and academic-as well as in the public square and in popular culture. Readers are encouraged to explore the rhetorical strategies used in writing about faith by looking at how faith shapes writing and how writing shapes faith, how we talk and write about faith, and how language shapes the way we engage with faith.
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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Religion in Personal Writing
Introduction: How do individuals write about religion?
from The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-Three Women Search for Understanding
Three mothers form a group to learn, and to help their children learn, about each other's faith
"Physics and Grief"
Monaghan struggles to find meaning in the death of her husband
"The Water Will Hold You"
The writer tries to find comfort in prayer as her mother battles a terminal illness
from The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
During a trip to Jerusalem, the author discovers beauty and compassion not only in her own religion of Christianity, but also in the unfamiliar faiths of Judaism and Islam
Connecting the Readings
Writing Projects
For Further Reading
Religion in Sacred Writing
Introduction: How do stories create and affirm religious belief?
Judaism: from the Torah (JPS)
The story of Abraham commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac
Christianity: from the New Testament (NSRV)
The Sermon on the Mount and the Parable of the Good Samaratin
Islam: from the Qur'an
The story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers
Hinduism: from The Bhagavad Gita
The story of Krisha revealing himself to the warrior Arjuna
Buddhism: from Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama
The story of Siddhartha's birth, temptation, and discovery of suffering in the world
Taoism: from Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The riddles of the Tao: If the Tao can be understood, then it is not the Tao
Connecting the Readings
Writing Projects
For Further Reading
Religion in Academic Writing
Introduction: How do academic disciplines write about matters of religion?
Literary Studies: Jack Miles, "Can God's Life Be Written?" from God: A Biography
The author explores God as a character who is unlike any other character
Religious Studies: Elaine Pagels and Karen King, "Reading Judas" from Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
Two scholars investigate the recent discovery of a new, unknown gospel and consider its implications
Cognitive Science: Steven Pinker, "The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion"
The author-using biology, psychology, and neuroscience-explores how the human brain is "wired" to form beliefs
Sociology: Christian Smith et al., from "Mapping American Adolescent Subjective
Religiosity and Attitudes of Alienation toward Religion" in the journal Sociology of Religion
Researchers survey the attitudes of teenagers and college students
Psychology: Paul Harris and Melissa Koenig, from "Trust in Testimony: How Children Learn about Science and Religion" in the journal Child Development
Two researchers perform experiments with children to find out at what stage of development human beings form beliefs
Economics: Laurence R. Iannaccone, "Progress in the Economics of Religion."
An economist proposes that economics can be used to understand religious choices and the "marketplace" of religion
Questions about Content and Rhetorical Analysis
Connecting the Readings
Writing Projects
For Further Reading
Religion in Public Issues
Introduction: How are issues of religion written about in a pluralistic society?
What should the role of religion be in American society?
"Take Back the Faith"
"One Nation Under Secularism"
"Atheists' Bleak Alternative"
Student Essay, "Is the U.S. a Christian Nation?"
This chapter presents two readings from a liberal perspective and two from a conservative perspective
What is our responsibility to the environment?
Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, by the Evangelical Climate Initiative
The Cornwall Declaration, by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Two organizations take conservative and progressive approaches to the environment
Should Evolution and Intelligent Design be Taught in Schools?
"Teach Evolution, and Ask Hard Questions"
"To Debate or Not to Debate Intelligent Design?"
Stanley Fish, "Academic Cross-Dressing: How Intelligent Design Gets its Arguments from the Left"
Two professors-one in the sciences and one in the humanities-argue that schools should "teach the conflict" of evolution vs. intelligent design. A third professor explores the rhetoric of that argument
Is a Religious Display on Public Property Acceptable?
"Why the Commandments Make for Such Messy Law"
An expert on law explores the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the argument: should the Ten Commandments be displayed on public property?
Is there a "Culture War"?
"This Season's War Cry: Commercialize Christmas, or Else"
"The Lord of Misrule is Coming to Town"
Is Christmas being banned from stores, schools, and public property? Two writers with different political perspectives debate this question about Christmas
Questions about Content and Rhetorical Analysis
Connecting the Readings
Writing Projects
For Further Reading
Religion in Our World
Introduction: How will we write about religion in the coming years?
Popular Culture
Student Essay, "E-Faith in the Shopping Mall"
The writer explores the impact of new developments such as electronic Bibles, video games, web sites, and mega-churches
"How Does It Feel?"
The author describes what life is like for a Muslim in the U.S. after 9/11
"Muslims in America"
A professor of Islamic studies describes Muslim communities and their struggle against prejudice
"E.T. and God"
A scientists speculates: if we find life elsewhere in the universe, what effect will that discovery have on faith and religion here on earth?
"Is God an Accident?"
A scientist wonders how science in the future might discover why belief exists
Questions about Content and Rhetorical Analysis
Connecting the Readings
Writing Projects
For Further Reading
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