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Sacred Quest, The: An Invitation to the Study of Religion,9780130209948

Sacred Quest, The: An Invitation to the Study of Religion

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9780130209948

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0130209945
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Religion. 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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction 1(1)
The Breadth and Depth of Religious Experience
1(2)
A Brief Outline of the Phenomenological Method
3(3)
Attitudes and Institutions in the Study of Religion
6(3)
A Final Word
9(1)
Notes
10(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
10(1)
Toward a Definition of Religion
11(16)
The Search for a Definition of Religion
12(1)
Elements of Religion
13(4)
Religion and Human Thought
13(1)
Religion and Feeling
14(1)
Religion and Action
15(1)
Individual and Social Existence
15(1)
Values and Religion
16(1)
Substance or Function?
17(2)
Toward Resolution
19(2)
A Proposal
21(3)
In Conclusion
24(1)
Notes
25(1)
Thought Experiments
25(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
26(1)
The Nature of the Sacred
27(12)
The Complex Character of the Sacred
27(1)
The Concept of Sacred Reality
28(9)
Specially Distinctive
29(3)
To Some Extent, Beyond the Volitional Control of Human Beings
32(2)
Specially Prominent with Respect to Human Welfare
34(1)
Properly Determinative of Various Aspects of Human Existence
35(2)
Summary
37(1)
Notes
37(1)
Thought Experiments
38(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
38(1)
The Appearance of the Sacred
39(19)
Types of Sacred Appearance
41(1)
Varieties of Media
41(13)
Sacred Objects
46(2)
Sacred Time
48(3)
Sacred Space
51(3)
Sacred Appearance and the Complexity of Traditions
54(2)
Notes
56(1)
Thought Experiments
57(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
57(1)
The Language(s) of the Sacred
58(17)
Myth
59(2)
Stories
61(3)
Story as Parable
64(1)
The Preservation of Sacred Language
65(2)
Oral Cultures
65(1)
Scriptural Cultures
66(1)
A Summary and Synthesis
67(2)
The Language of Theology
69(1)
The Visual Language of Religion
70(1)
Language and Truth
71(2)
Notes
73(1)
Thought Experiments
73(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
74(1)
Ritual
75(15)
Myth(os) and Ritual
76(2)
The Passover
76(1)
Holy Communion (The Eucharist)
77(1)
Rites of Passage
78(3)
Birth Rituals
79(1)
Rituals of Initiation
79(1)
Rituals of Mourning and Death
80(1)
Temporal Rites and Celebrations
81(1)
The Religious Meaning(s) of Ritual
82(3)
Adoration
83(1)
Thanksgiving
84(1)
Petition
84(1)
Penance/Purification
84(1)
Ritual as a Problem
85(2)
Ritual as a System
87(1)
Notes
88(1)
Thought Experiments
88(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
88(2)
Sacred Communities
90(17)
The Social Character of Religion
91(1)
Religion and Social Resistance
92(4)
Heresy/Schism/Division
96(3)
Tradition and Innovation
99(3)
The Social Aspects of Worship
102(2)
A Word of Conclusion
104(1)
Notes
105(1)
Thought Experiments
105(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
106(1)
The Problem of Evil
107(17)
Identifying Evil
108(4)
Responses to Evil: Some Classic Patterns
112(7)
Evil and Karma: The Indian Context
112(2)
The Consolation of Promise
114(2)
The Appeal to Sovereignty
116(2)
Dualism
118(1)
Are the Answers Adequate?
119(2)
Notes
121(1)
Thought Experiments
122(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
123(1)
Religion and Morality
124(18)
Defining the Issues
125(2)
Religion, Morality, and Justification
127(1)
Justification: General Considerations
128(1)
Practical Justification: Three Cases
129(9)
Hinduism: The Caste System
130(2)
Islam: The Justification and Limitation of War
132(3)
Christianity: Why Pray?
135(3)
Religion and Morality: Patterns
138(1)
Notes
139(1)
Thought Experiments
140(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
141(1)
The Quest for Salvation
142(17)
Concepts of Salvation
143(1)
Individual Salvation in This World
144(3)
The Search for Meaning
144(1)
The Desire to Be Remembered
145(1)
The Ideal of Completion
146(1)
Individual Salvation in Another World
147(3)
Joining the Spirit World
147(1)
Cosmic Cycling or Expansion
148(1)
The Idea of Judgment
149(1)
Group Salvation in This World
150(2)
Salvation Through the People
150(1)
Salvation Through the Tradition
151(1)
Salvation in the Kingdom of God in This World
151(1)
Group Salvation in Another World
152(1)
Now That Distinctions Have Been Made
153(1)
Paths to Salvation
153(4)
The Path of Knowledge
154(1)
The Path of Action
154(1)
The Path of Aesthetics
155(1)
The Path of Submission
155(1)
The Path of Grace
156(1)
A Closing Reminder
157(1)
Notes
157(1)
Thought Experiments
158(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
158(1)
Glossary 159(8)
Index 167


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