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Understanding Religion In A Global Society

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9780534559953

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0534559956
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Pub. Date:
8/24/2004
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

UNDERSTANDING RELIGION IN GLOBAL SOCIETY is an accessible and timely introduction to religion that encourages students to explore actively thebreadth and depth of the religious within the context of the current geo-political outlook. Using the phenomenological method, major religioustraditions are analyzed in light of the opportunities and challenges posed by the forces of globalization. Organized topically, this textbookfosters deeper levels of understanding via engaging commentary and pedagogy and a robust website. Above all, this text assists students inquestioning, exploring, and analyzing diverse religious contexts and in comparing the beliefs, rituals, texts, art, and individual and social aspectsof religion.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction: Studying Religion in Global Society
1(28)
Introductory Questions
3(1)
Welcome
3(2)
Why Study Religion?
5(5)
Preparing for Global Society
10(9)
Globalization and the Creation of Global Society
19(7)
Conclusion
26(1)
Works Cited
27(1)
For Further Reading
28(1)
What Is Religion?
29(32)
Introductory Questions
30(1)
What Is Religion?
31(13)
Religion as Illusion
44(2)
Religion: Individual and Society
46(11)
Conclusion
57(1)
Works Cited
57(3)
For Further Reading
60(1)
The Absolute, the Ultimate, the Holy
61(26)
Introductory Questions
63(1)
Introduction
64(1)
The Holy and the Numinous Experience
64(2)
The Absolute, Ultimate, and Holy
66(3)
The Logic of the Absolute
69(4)
Conceptions of the Absolute
73(7)
Religious Disagreement in a Global Community
80(5)
Conclusion
85(1)
Works Cited
85(2)
Origins and Founders
87(24)
Introductory Questions
89(1)
Approaches to Origins
89(14)
Origins
103(2)
Globalization, the Mother Goddess, and History
105(2)
Conclusion
107(2)
Works Cited
109(1)
For Further Reading
110(1)
World Scriptures
111(28)
Introductory Questions
113(1)
World Scriptures
114(2)
Sources of Scripture: Writers and Revelation
116(2)
Authority and Canon
118(3)
Interpretation of Scriptures
121(9)
Creeds and Philosophies
130(3)
Anti-Doctrine and Ineffability
133(1)
Scripture, Changing Worlds, and Globalization
134(2)
Conclusion
136(1)
Works Cited
137(1)
For Further Reading
138(1)
Myths, Stories, and History
139(30)
Introductory Questions
141(1)
Text and Language
142(1)
Language Games
143(2)
Myth
145(6)
Poetry
151(2)
Historical Language in Scripture
153(5)
Instruction
158(2)
Humor
160(2)
Silence
162(1)
Globalization, History, and Faith
163(3)
Conclusion
166(1)
Works Cited
166(1)
For Further Reading
167(2)
Suffering and Evil
169(27)
Introductory Questions
170(1)
Introduction
171(2)
The Sacred Canopy
173(2)
Origins of Evil
175(5)
Suffering and Monotheism
180(2)
Haunting Spirits/Helping Spirits
182(1)
Karma and Reincarnation
183(4)
Balance and Acceptance
187(1)
Responses to Suffering
188(2)
Globalization and an Unspeakable Evil
190(3)
Conclusion
193(1)
Works Cited
194(1)
For Further Reading
195(1)
Suggested Viewing
195(1)
Religion and Art
196(28)
Introductory Questions
198(1)
Religion and Art
198(1)
Art and Experience
199(4)
Religious Art
203(9)
The Power of Art
212(9)
Conclusion
221(1)
Works Cited
222(1)
For Further Reading
223(1)
Images
223(1)
Ritual
224(27)
Introductory Questions
226(1)
Introduction
226(1)
What Is Ritual?
227(1)
Rites of Passage
228(5)
Seasonal Rituals and Historical Commemoration
233(3)
Worship, Prayer, and Magic
236(7)
The Problem of Ritual
243(2)
Globalization and Religious Ritual
245(3)
Conclusion
248(1)
Works Cited
249(1)
For Further Reading
250(1)
Religion, Morality, and Ethics
251(29)
Introductory Questions
254(1)
The Moral Imperative of Religion
255(4)
Historical Origins and Sources of Morality
259(4)
External and Internal Sources of Religious Morality
263(4)
Categorizations of the Sources of Morality
267(3)
Morality and Ethics as an Expression of Religion and Culture
270(2)
Globalization, Religion, Ethics, Violence, and Peace
272(3)
Religious Morality and Rational Morality
275(2)
Works Cited
277(2)
For Further Reading
279(1)
Religious Experience
280(30)
Introductory Questions
282(1)
Introduction to Religious Experience
283(1)
The Importance of Religious Experience
283(2)
Experiencing the Holy
285(4)
Experiences of Oneself
289(4)
Experiencing the World
293(2)
The Problem of Evaluating Religious Experience
295(8)
Globalization, Experiencing the World, and the Environment
303(3)
Conclusion
306(1)
Works Cited
307(2)
For Further Reading
309(1)
Salvation and the Meaning of Life
310(22)
Introductory Questions
312(1)
Salvation and the Meaning of Life
312(2)
Soteriological Goals
314(6)
Soteriological Means
320(7)
Globalization, Evangelism, Human Rights, and Cultural Identity
327(2)
Conclusion
329(1)
Works Cited
330(1)
For Further Reading
331(1)
Religion, Personality, and the Individual
332(27)
Introductory Questions
334(1)
Introduction
334(1)
Individuality, the Soul, and the Existential Self
335(3)
Personality, Community, and Religion
338(3)
The Mind, Human Behavior, and Religion
341(3)
Religion and Personality
344(9)
Identity, Religion, and Globalization
353(3)
Conclusion
356(1)
Works Cited
356(1)
For Further Reading
357(2)
Religion and Society in a Global Age
359(23)
Introductory Questions
361(1)
Introduction
361(1)
Religion and Culture
362(2)
Religion, Culture, and Civilization
364(1)
Religion, Culture, and the World
365(3)
Religion and Social Structure
368(7)
The Changing Context: Religion and Globalization
375(4)
Conclusion
379(1)
Works Cited
380(1)
For Further Reading
381(1)
Glossary 382(7)
Index 389


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