Religion Today A Critical Thinking Approach to Religious Studies

ISBN-10: 0742563723

ISBN-13: 9780742563728

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ross Aden

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List price: $92.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 452
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.002

Introducing a Critical Thinking Approach to Religious Studies
Chapter Summary
How Religion Complicates Life in the Twenty-First Century
The Widespread Ignorance of Religion and Its Consequence
Religious Studies: Avoiding Hazards and Gaining Benefits
A Textbook for the Twenty-First Century
The Advantages of Studying Religion
Key Terms
Key Questions
Methods of Studying Religion
Chapter Summary
Defining the Problem: The Muslim Headscarf in Personal Experience
Focusing the Problem: Assumptions, Frames of Reference, and Associations of Ideas
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: The Development of Religious Studies
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: Strategies to Avoid Bias
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: No Easy Way Out
Key Terms
Key Questions
Would You Believe! Religious Beliefs and Their Reasons
Chapter Summary
Defining the Problem: Opinions without Sufficient Evidence
Focusing the Problem: What Is the Nature of Religious Belief When People Are Free to Believe Anything?
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: The Justification of Religious Belief
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: Beliefs and the Questions They Answer
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: Ways of Seeing and Ways of Life
Key Terms
Key Questions
The Right to Sacred Things: Symbol, Myth, and Ritual
Chapter Summary
Discovering the Problem: Old Bones Create New Controversy
Focusing the Problem: Museums Change Their Ways
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: Investigating Symbol, Myth, and Ritual
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: The Ritual Context within a Social Setting
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: Dispute over a Hawaiian Object
Key Terms
Key Questions
Inside the Religious Brain: New Research into Religious Experience
Chapter Summary
Discovering the Problem: Finding Religion in the Brain
Focusing the Problem: The Current Challenges to Past Studies
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: Essentialist and Contextualist Theories
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: A Three-Point Program
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: Prayers, Nursery Rhymes, and a Test Case
Key Terms
Key Questions
Trouble in the Global Village: Violence in the Name of Religion
Chapter Summary
Discovering the Problem: Strange Actions and Odd Alliances
Focusing the Problem: The Complexities of Religious Violence
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: What Does Violence Have to Do with Religion?
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: A Multiple Conditions Approach
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: Empirical and Practical Tests
Key Terms
Key Questions
Making It After All: The Future of Religion
Chapter Summary
Discovering the Problem: The Secularization Thesis Revisited
Focusing the Problem: Evidence for a "Resurgence of Religion"?
Surveying the Alternative Approaches: Four Theories of Prediction
Proposing the Most Promising Solution: The Rational Choice Theory
Evaluating the Most Promising Solution: A Test of Two Catholic Settings
Key Terms
Key Questions
Glossary
Key Scholars of Religious Studies
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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