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In an era plagued by religious conflict, the Third Edition of Gods in the Global Village directly responds to issues of social problems prevalent in the world today. Using an engaging, thought-provoking style, author Lester R. Kurtz focuses on the relationship among the major faith traditions that inform the thinking and ethical standards of most people in the emerging global social order. This book focuses on a central aspect of that common crisis. A major assumption of this book is that all knowledge is shaped by the social context of the knower; therefore, both religious traditions and our studies of them are shaped by the context in which we construct them. The author argues that religious pluralism will be a necessary precondition of the global village for the foreseeable future. The question that faces us as a human community is not "Which religious tradition is true?" or even "Is any religious tradition true?" but rather "How can we enable the various religious and secular traditions to coexist peacefully on the planet?" The text supports the belief that the sociology of religion-itself a pluralistic discipline-can provide invaluable insight into the most pressing problems of our time.
Table of Contents
|About the Author||p. vii|
|Religious Life in the Global Village||p. 1|
|Religion and the Globalization of Social Life||p. 4|
|Religion and the Sociological Tradition||p. 6|
|Tools of the Trade||p. 9|
|Major Themes in the Sociology of Religion||p. 42|
|A Sociological Tour: Turning East||p. 45|
|Types of Religious Traditions||p. 47|
|Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma||p. 53|
|Religious Life in China and East Asia||p. 76|
|The Tour: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam||p. 89|
|Tribal Continuities in Judaism and Islam||p. 112|
|The Social Construction of Religious Traditions||p. 115|
|The Elementary Forms of Religious Life||p. 121|
|Indigenous Religions||p. 125|
|Indigenous Beliefs||p. 128|
|Indigenous Rituals||p. 136|
|Indigenous Institutions||p. 141|
|Indigenous Environmentalism||p. 142|
|The Religious Ethos||p. 145|
|Constructing a Religious Ethos||p. 145|
|Religion and Identity Construction||p. 149|
|Religion and Stratification||p. 158|
|Religious Taboo Lines and Ethical Systems||p. 164|
|Religion and Sexuality||p. 182|
|Religion and Politics||p. 191|
|The Ethos of the Global Village||p. 202|
|Modernism and Multiculturalism||p. 205|
|From Local to Cosmopolitan||p. 206|
|The Challenge of Modernism||p. 208|
|Historical Outcomes of the Modernist Crisis||p. 215|
|The Modernist Crisis and the Twenty-First Century||p. 221|
|The Crisis of Multiculturalism||p. 223|
|Religious Movements for a New Century||p. 245|
|Civil Religion and Nationalism||p. 245|
|Religious Syncretism and Alternative Religious Movements||p. 249|
|New Forms of Religiosity||p. 265|
|Women's Movements||p. 266|
|Environmental Movements||p. 274|
|Constructing and Reconstructing Religious Life||p. 276|
|Religion and Social Conflict||p. 279|
|A Theory of Religious Conflict||p. 281|
|Religion and the Problem of Violence||p. 283|
|Religious Contributions to Nonviolence||p. 291|
|Islam and Nonviolence||p. 300|
|Chaos or Community?||p. 311|
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