Ritualized faith : essays on the philosophy of liturgy by Terence Cuneo

By Terence Cuneo

Even supposing the participation in liturgy is important to the non secular lives of many, few philosophers have given it cognizance. during this number of essays, Terence Cuneo turns his recognition to liturgy, contending that the subject proves itself to be either philosophically wealthy and profitable. Taking the liturgical practices of jap Christianity as its point of interest, Ritualized religion examines matters akin to what the ethical Read more...

summary: even if the participation in liturgy is significant to the spiritual lives of many, few philosophers have given it cognizance. during this selection of essays, Terence Cuneo turns his awareness to liturgy, contending that the subject proves itself to be either philosophically wealthy and profitable. Taking the liturgical practices of jap Christianity as its point of interest, Ritualized religion examines matters reminiscent of what the moral value of ritualized spiritual actions could be, what it truly is to immerse oneself in such actions, and what the importance of liturgical making a song and iconography are

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The Naturalness of Religious Ideas: A Cognitive Theory of by Pascal Boyer

By Pascal Boyer

Why do humans have non secular rules? And why thosereligious principles? the most topic of Pascal Boyer's paintings is that vital elements of spiritual representations are restricted by way of common houses of the human mind-brain. Experimental effects from developmental psychology, he says, can clarify why definite non secular representations usually tend to be bought, kept, and transmitted through human minds. contemplating those common constraints, Boyer proposes an exhilarating new solution to the query of why related non secular representations are present in such a lot of assorted cultures. His paintings should be extensively mentioned via cultural anthropologists, psychologists, and scholars of faith, background, and philosophy.

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Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements by Lola Williamson

By Lola Williamson

Yoga, karma, meditation, guru—these phrases, as soon as vague, at the moment are part of the yankee lexicon. Combining Hinduism with Western techniques and values, a brand new hybrid kind of faith has constructed within the usa during the last century. In Transcendent in America, Lola Williamson strains the historical past of varied Hindu-inspired routine in the US, and argues that jointly they represent a discrete class of non secular perform, a special and identifiable type of new religion.

Williamson presents an outline of the emergence of those activities via studying exchanges among Indian Hindus and American intellectuals resembling Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and illuminates how Protestant traditions of internal adventure cleared the path for Hindu-style pursuits’ reputation within the West.

Williamson makes a speciality of 3 movements—Self-Realization Fellowship, Transcendental Meditation, and Siddha Yoga—as consultant of the bigger of phenomenon of Hindu-inspired meditation routine. She presents a window into the ideals and practices of fans of those hobbies by way of supplying concrete examples from their phrases and studies that make clear their global view, way of life, and dating with their specialists. Drawing on scholarly learn, a number of interviews, and a long time of private event with Hindu-style practices, Williamson makes a resounding case that Hindu-inspired meditation pursuits are specific from either immigrant Hinduism and different kinds of Asian-influenced or “New Age” groups.

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Online Arab Spring: Social Media and Fundamental Change by Reza Jamali

By Reza Jamali

What's the position of social media on basic switch in Arab international locations within the center East and North Africa? Online Arab Spring responds to this question, contemplating 5 nations: Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, and Tunisia, besides extra examples. The booklet asks why the penetration price for social media differs in numerous international locations: are mental and social elements at play? each one bankruptcy considers nationwide identification, the legitimacy predicament, social capital, details and media literacy, and socialization. spiritual attitudes are brought as a key think about social media, with Arabic international locations within the center East and North Africa being characterised by means of Islamic tendencies. The perception received might be precious for analysing on-line social media results across the world, and predicting destiny hobbies in a social context.

  • provides cutting edge interdisciplinary learn, incorporating media reports, cultural elements, identification and psychology
  • presents an in depth learn of things corresponding to nationwide history, cultural homogeneity, trust method and purchaser ethnocentrism
  • focuses on spiritual attitudes within the context of on-line media

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Saving the Forsaken: Religious Culture and the Rescue of by Pearl M. Oliner

By Pearl M. Oliner

Does faith motivate altruism on behalf of these who don't belong? Are the very spiritual prone to be altruistic towards outsiders than those people who are much less spiritual? during this ebook Pearl M. Oliner examines info on Christian rescuers and nonrescuers of Jews through the Holocaust to make clear those very important questions.Drawing on interviews with greater than Christians—Protestant and Catholic, very non secular, irreligious, and reasonably spiritual rescuers and nonrescuers dwelling in Nazi-occupied Europe, Oliner bargains a sociological standpoint at the values and attitudes that wonderful every one workforce. She offers numerous case reviews of rescuers and nonrescuers inside of every one team after which translates the individual’s habit because it pertains to his or her crew. She reveals that the price styles of the non secular teams vary considerably from each other, and he or she is ready to spotlight these elements that seem to have contributed so much towards rescue inside every one workforce.

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Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader (Blackwell by Lorne L. Dawson

By Lorne L. Dawson

What's a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies equivalent to Waco and Jonestown happen? This reader brings jointly the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of faith to deal with those key questions about new spiritual pursuits.

  • Looks at theoretical causes for cults, why humans subscribe to and what occurs once they do.
  • Brings jointly the simplest paintings on cults by means of sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion.
  • A broad-ranging, balanced and obviously geared up number of readings.
  • Includes assurance of topical concerns, comparable to the 'brainwashing' controversy, and cults in cyberspace.
  • Section introductions through the editor situate the character, worth, and relevance of the chosen readings in context of present discussions.

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Christ and Culture (Challenges in Contemporary Theology) by Graham Ward

By Graham Ward

This paintings via Graham Ward, essentially the most visionary theologians of his iteration, includes 9 interrelated stories of representations of Christ. Drawn from assets as diversified because the New testomony and twentieth-century continental philosophy, Ward develops his personal unique incarnational theology. From his exploration of up to date different types corresponding to the physique, gender, wish, politics and the elegant, a Christology emerges that's either rooted in Scriptural exegesis and anxious with today’s cultural concerns; and a imaginative and prescient appears to be like of the probabilities for residing oriented in the direction of the nice, the real, the gorgeous and the simply.

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Battle for the soul: Métis children encounter evangelical by Keith R. Widder

By Keith R. Widder

In 1823 William and Amanda Ferry opened a boarding institution for Mtis kids on Mackinac Island, Michigan Territory, environment in movement an extreme non secular conflict to win the souls and alter the lives of the kids, their mom and dad, and all others dwelling at Mackinac. conflict for the Soul demonstrates how a bunch of enthusiastic missionaries, empowered by way of an uncompromising spiritual motivation, served as brokers of Americanization. The Ferrys' excessive hopes crumbled, besides the fact that, as they watched their paintings lead to a revival of Catholicism and their scholars refuse to desert the fur exchange as a life-style. the tale of the Mackinaw undertaking is that of people that held differing global perspectives negotiating to create a "middle-ground," a society with room for all.

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The Orthodox Church (Denominations in America) by Thomas E. FitzGerald

By Thomas E. FitzGerald

The 1st entire creation to the Orthodox Church within the usa from 1794 to the current, this publication contains a succinct photograph of the distinct heritage of Orthodoxy and its specific views at the Christian religion. awareness is given to the contacts among the Orthodox Church and different Christian church buildings, in addition to its contributions to the ecumenical stream. Over eighty biographies of significant Orthodox leaders in the USA are also incorporated besides an annotated bibliography of the writings of the foremost Orthodox theologians.The booklet starts off with a assessment of the historic features and designated religion affirmations of Orthodoxy, which has a historical past that's fairly assorted from Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. next chapters study the historic improvement of the Orthodox Church during this kingdom, with distinct recognition being paid to the early project in Alaska, the consequences of immigration, the organizational advancements of parishes and dioceses, the consequences of outdated global politics, the stream towards better solidarity, and the specific positive factors of yankee Orthodoxy this day. the fabric is clean and inclusive, overlaying all significant branches and treating them with an irenic spirit. The biographies are considerate and informative, and there's a super volume of bibliographic and reference fabric. students, practitioners in each religion, and laypersons will locate this quantity integral.

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The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, by Arthur Waskow, Visit Amazon's Joan Chittister Page, search

By Arthur Waskow, Visit Amazon's Joan Chittister Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Joan Chittister, , Saadi Shakur Chishti

Lately there was an explosion of interest and debate approximately Islam and in regards to the function of faith, either on this planet and within the Arab-Israeli clash. the varied books released on those questions converse to problems with politics, historical past, or worldwide safeguard. None speaks to the guts and the spirit, and but thousands of individuals adventure those matters now not as political, financial, or highbrow questions yet as questions of deep non secular, emotional, and non secular significance.The Tent of Abraham presents readers with tales that may deliver all of the faiths jointly. Written through Saadi Shakur Chishti, a Scottish American Sufi, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, an American Jew, and Joan Chittister, a Benedictine sister, the publication explores in obtainable language the mythic caliber and the lessons of reconciliation which are embedded within the Torah, the Qur'an, and the Bible. It additionally weaves jointly the wisdoms of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions right into a deeper, extra unified whole.The Tent of Abraham is the 1st ebook to inform the total tale of Abraham as present in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim resources and to reenergize it as a foundation for peace."At a time after we have visible an excessive amount of simple task [of dogmatic faith], The Tent of Abraham reminds us that the type of confusion, worry, and dismay that such a lot of folks are experiencing might be the beginning of a brand new spiritual quest . . . The Tent of Abraham brings 3 non secular traditions jointly in order that we might all develop into extra conversant in the faiths lived via the strangers round us."--Karen Armstrong, from the ForewordRabbi Arthur Waskow is the director of The Shalom heart in Philadelphia and writer of various books, together with Seasons of Our pleasure (Beacon/ 3611-0/ $18.00 pb) and Down-to-Earth Judaism. Joan Chittister, OSB, is a best-selling author and lecturer. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. Saadi Shakur Chishti (Neil Douglas-Klotz) is an the world over recognized Sufi pupil and author. His most up-to-date publication is The Sufi publication of Life.Rabbi Arthur Waskow, one of many authors of The Tent of Abraham: tales of wish and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims is the "weaver" of a brand new haggadah or "telling" for Passover. it truly is known as "The Passover of Peace: A Seder for the kids of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah." This Seder is outfitted at the Biblical and Muslim tales of Abraham, Hagar and Sarah, Ishmael and Isaac, instead of at the tale of the Exodus from Egypt. it's been and will be used as a context for suggestion and motion towards peace within the heart East, through Jewish households, congregations, and groups; by means of teams of Jews and Palestinians or Jews and Muslims: or via teams of all 3 Abrahamic faiths.

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