Exploring Religious Meaning

Exploring Religious Meaning

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For courses in Introduction to Religion and Religion and Culture. This text provides the tools and resources for exploring the many dimensions of religion as a central reality of human life. It was designed for introductory courses in religion, religion and culture, religion and society, and the humanities. It can also been used as a main or supplementary text for courses in comparative religion, sociology of religion, and philosophy of religion .show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 178 x 234 x 20mm | 539.99g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 0130923869
  • 9780130923868

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"Very comprehensive in terms of topics covered." - Anne Wetherilt, Emmanuel College "I find the selections introducing the world's religions very helpful and one of the strongest parts of the book ... I find it very helpful to have this stretched all through the texts and it offers a way to teach this class that allows it to be an interesting introduction." - Jeffrey C. Pugh, Elon Universityshow more

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This new edition explores the many dimensions of religion as a central reality of human life. It provides a functional definition of religion that suggests that religion is important to everyone because each person's life is shaped by, and all persons are concerned about, occasions in their lives that threaten or promote fulfillment of the individual's basic values and commitments. FEATURES: A broad approach to defining religion in terms of value and commitment--Allows examination of traditional religious issues, beliefs, and patterns.A functional definition of religion--Provides "several definitions of religion"--with emphasis upon that which gives "pivitol value" to life.A variety of resource materials--Drawn from the Scriptures and classic literature of the world's great religions, as well as from classic and contemporary sources that seek to interpret religion in its various dimensions.NEW TO THIS EDITION: Updated contemporary examples from popular culture--Features poetry, drama, cinema, comics, news stories, and song lyrics.Expanded and revised content throughout--E.g., ecstatic religion, religion and gender, myth, religious understandings of evil, and postmodernism.Examination of recent world events--As they relate to religion.Fuller treatment of religious orientations and movements in simpler and contemporary society.show more

Table of contents

Preface. I. RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS. 1. Toward a Definition of Religion. 2. Religious Traditions. II. EXPERIENCING RELIGION. 3. Religious Experience. 4. Elements of Religious Experience. 5. Religion in Artistic Expression. III. THE DIVINE. 6. Knowledge, Belief, Authority, and Tradition. 7. Ways of Conceiving the Divine. IV. THE SELF AND RELIGION. 8. Evil: Its Reality and Meaning. 9. Understanding the Self. 10. Freedom and the Self. 11. Sin and Guilt. 12. Death and the Self. 13. Salvation and Redemption. V. RELIGION AND THE SOCIOCULTURAL CONTEXT. 14. The Religious Matrix of Interpersonal Relations. 15. Corporate Expressions of Ethical Concerns. 16. Religious Traditions and Social Stability. 17. Religious Traditions and Social Change. VI. RELIGION AND THE NATURAL ORDER. 18. Human Response to the Natural Process. 19. Order and Origins. Index of Religious Traditions. Index of Names and Subjects.show more

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