Anatomy of the Sacred : An Introduction to Religion

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  • Copyright: 1989-01-01
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with an Overviewand ends withNotes, Key Words, Review Questions,and Suggestions for Further Readings
The Study of Religion
What Is Religion?
How Is It Studied?
Defining Religion
Why Are Humans Religious?
Why Study Religion?
The Perspective of the Studentndash;Commitment and Objectivity
The Ways Religion Is Studied
Interpreting and Explaining Religion
Universal Forms of Religious Experience and Expression
The Sacred and the Holy
The Concept of Sacred Power
The Ambivalence of Sacred Power
The Holy as Mysterium Tremendum and Fascinans
Sacred Space and Sacred Time
Religion as Ultimate Concern
Sacred Symbol, Myth, and Doctrine
Symbolic Communication
Religious Symbols
Metaphor, Parable, and Story
Religious Myths
Models and Doctrines
Sacred Ritual
Ritual Action
Types of Sacred Ritual
Ritual and Sacrifice
Rituals as Sacraments
Sacred Scripture
The Pervasive Role of Sacred Scripture
Using the Term Scripture
Some Distinctive Features of Sacred Scripture
The Authority and Canonicity of Scripture
The Reception and Uses of Scripture
The Interpretation of Scripture
Society and the Sacred: The Social Formations and Transformations of Religion
The Reciprocal Relationship between Religion and Society
Types of Religious Communities
Voluntary Religious Communities
Protest and Change in Voluntary Religious Communities
The Sect
The Cult: New Religious Movements
Universal Components of a Religious Worldview
Deity: Concepts of the Divine and Ultimate Reality
Polytheism and the Worship of Nature
Pantheism and Monism
Cosmogony: Origins of the Natural and Social Order
The Practical Basis of Cosmogony
Emergence or Procreation from a Primal Substance or Being
The Sexual Union of a Primal Male and Female
Creation by Conflict and the Ordering of Chaos
Creation by a Divine Craftsman
Creation by Decree or from Nothing
The Rejection of Cosmogonic Speculation
Cosmogony Today
Anthropology: The Human Problem
Modern Views of Our Human Plight
Theravada Buddhism
Theodicy: Encountering Evil
The Persistent Demand for Theodicy
Theodicy of "Mystical Participation."
A Future, This-Worldly Theodicy
Other-Worldly Theodicy
The Karma-SamsaraTheodicy
Monotheistic Theodicies
Ethics: Patterns of Moral Action
Virtues and Obligations
The Sources and Norms of Moral Authority
Soteriology: Ways and Goals of Salvation and Liberation
Ways of Salvation and Liberation
The Way of Grace through Faith
The Way of Devot
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