Anatomy of the Sacred / Edition 5

Anatomy of the Sacred / Edition 5

by James C. Livingston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131835645

ISBN-13: 9780131835641

Pub. Date: 06/29/2004

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Jim Livingston's Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion is a comprehensive introduction to the nature and variety of religious belief and practice. The text explores the issues inherent in the study of religion, examines the universal forms of religious experience, offers a crosscultural study of a broad range of classic types of religious

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Jim Livingston's Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion is a comprehensive introduction to the nature and variety of religious belief and practice. The text explores the issues inherent in the study of religion, examines the universal forms of religious experience, offers a crosscultural study of a broad range of classic types of religious belief and practice in terms of the seven basic concepts of a religious world view, and surveys the challenges faced by religions today.

New to the Fifth Edition:
  • Entirely new chapter on the response of religion to Modernity, drawing examples from Islamic and American Protestant Fundamentalism
  • Extensive discussion of gender and the role of women, using examples largely from Roman Catholicism and Islam
  • A new discussion of recent New Age religious movements
  • More illustrative material from contemporary religious life, including an expanded discussion of science and religion
  • Pedagogy, including Key Words, Review Questions, and Suggestions for Further Reading have been revised and updated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131835641
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
06/29/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with an Overview and ends with Notes, Key Words, Review Questions, and Suggestions for Further Readings .)

I. THE STUDY OF RELIGION.

1. What Is Religion? How Is It Studied?

Defining Religion. Why Are Humans Religious? Why Study Religion? The Perspective of the Student–Commitment and Objectivity. The Ways Religion Is Studied. Interpreting and Explaining Religion.

II. UNIVERSAL FORMS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND EXPRESSION.

2. 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.

3. Sacred Symbol, Myth, and Doctrine.

Symbolic Communication. Religious Symbols. Metaphor, Parable, and Story. Religious Myths. Models and Doctrines.

4. Sacred Ritual.

Ritual Action. Types of Sacred Ritual. Ritual and Sacrifice. Rituals as Sacraments.

5. 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.

6. 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.

III. UNIVERSAL COMPONENTS OF A RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEW.

7. Deity: Concepts of the Divine and Ultimate Reality.

Polytheism and the Worship of Nature. Dualism. Pantheism and Monism. Monotheism.

8. 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.

9. Anthropology: The Human Problem.

Modern Views of Our Human Plight. Stoicism. Christianity. Theravada Buddhism. Confucianism.

10. Theodicy: Encountering Evil.

The Persistent Demand for Theodicy. Theodicy of "Mystical Participation." A Future, This-Worldly Theodicy. Other-Worldly Theodicy. Dualism. The Karma-Samsara Theodicy. Monotheistic Theodicies.

11. Ethics: Patterns of Moral Action.

Virtues and Obligations. The Sources and Norms of Moral Authority.

12. Soteriology: Ways and Goals of Salvation and Liberation.

Ways of Salvation and Liberation. The Way of Grace through Faith. The Way of Devotion. The Way of Action and Obligation. The Way of Mediation and Insight. Goals of Salvation and Liberation. Psychic Wholeness and a Healthy Social Order. Resurrection, Immortality, and Eternal Life. Samadhi and Nirvana.

IV. THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR IN MODERNITY.

13. The Sacred and the Secular in Modernity.

Secularization and Pluralism. The Reactions of Religious Fundamentalisms Today. The Characteristics of Contemporary Religious Fundamentalism. The Role of Women in Modern Christianity. The Role of Women in Islam.

 

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