Sacred Quest

Sacred Quest : An Invitation to the Study of Religion

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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.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6.35mm | 256g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0131923773
  • 9780131923775

Table of contents

Preface.



Introduction.

The Breadth and Depth of Religious Experience

A Brief Outline of the Phenomenological Method

Attitudes and Institutions in the Study of Religion

A Final Word

Notes

Suggestions for Further Reading.





1. Toward a Definition of Religion.

The Search for a Definition of Religion

Elements of Religion

Religion and Human Thought

Religion and Feeling

Religion and Action

Individual and Social Existence

Values and Religion

Substance or Function?

Toward Resolution

A Proposal

In Conclusion

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



2. The Nature of the Sacred.

The Complex Character of the Sacred

The Concept of Sacred Reality

Specially Distinctive

To Some Extent, Beyond the Volitional Control of Human Beings

Specially Prominent with Respect to Human Welfare

Properly Determinative of Various Aspects of Human Existence

Summary

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading



3. The Appearance of the Sacred.

Types of Sacred Appearance

Varieties of Media

Sacred Objects

Sacred Time

Sacred Space

Sacred Appearance and the Complexity of Traditions

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading



4. The Language(s) of the Sacred.

Myth

Stories

Story as Parable

The Preservation of Sacred Language

Oral Cultures

Scriptural Cultures

A Summary and Synthesis

The Language of Theology

The Visual Language of Religion

Language and Truth

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



5. Ritual.

Myth(os) and Ritual

The Passover

Holy Communion (The Eucharist)

Rites of Passage

Birth Rituals

Rituals of Initiation

Rituals of Mourning and Death

Temporal Rites and Celebrations

The Religious Meaning(s) of Ritual

Adoration

Thanksgiving

Petition

Penance/Purification

Ritual as a Problem

Ritual as a System

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



6. Sacred Communities.

The Social Character of Religion

Religion and Social Resistance

Heresy/Schism/Division

Tradition and Innovation

The Social Aspects of Worship

A Word of Conclusion

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



7. The Problem of Evil.

Identifying Evil

Responses to Evil: Some Classic Patterns

Evil and Karma: The Indian Context

The Consolation of Promise

The Appeal to Sovereignty

Dualism

Are the Answers Adequate?

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



8. Religion and Morality.

Defining the Issues

Religion, Morality, and Justification

Justification: General Considerations

Practical Justification: Three Cases

Hinduism: The Caste System

Islam: The Justification and Limitation of War

Christianity: Why Pray?

Religion and Morality: Patterns

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



9. The Quest for Salvation.

Concepts of Salvation

Individual Salvation in This World

The Search for Meaning

The Desire to Be Remembered

The Ideal of Completion

Individual Salvation in Another World

Joining the Spirit World

Cosmic Cycling or Expansion

The Idea of Judgment

Group Salvation in This World

Salvation Through the People

Salvation Through the Tradition

Salvation in the Kingdom of God in This World

Group Salvation in Another World

Now That Distinctions Have Been Made

Paths to Salvation

The Path of Knowledge

The Path of Action

The Path of Aesthetics

The Path of Submission

The Path of Grace

A Closing Reminder

Notes

Thought Experiments

Suggestions for Further Reading.



Glossary.



Index.
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