Anthropology and Theology: Gods, Icons and God-Talk

Anthropology and Theology: Gods, Icons and God-Talk

by William Randolph Adams, Frank A. Salamone
     
 

Anthropology and Theology is a stimulating exploration of the anthropology of theology, a new field of research that is still being shaped and defined. This follow up to Explorations in Anthropology and Theology includes contributions by theologians, most notably Mark Taylor. Together, the contributing anthropologists and theologians delve into the world of

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Anthropology and Theology is a stimulating exploration of the anthropology of theology, a new field of research that is still being shaped and defined. This follow up to Explorations in Anthropology and Theology includes contributions by theologians, most notably Mark Taylor. Together, the contributing anthropologists and theologians delve into the world of indigenous religious systems, treating them with the respect and attention that is usually given only to the major world religions. The topics covered include American secular rituals, feminist spirituality, the impact of modernization on traditional religions, alternative approaches to the sacred, and implications for field work. Most of the major ethnographic areas of the world are represented, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Arctic, and the United States. This collection of works is indispensable as a source that addresses the relevance of theology and anthropology to one another. Recommended for various courses in theology, anthropology of religion, symbolic anthropology, and field work.

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Presents papers from a 1994 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, plus six additional essays by theologians, representing inquiry into the anthropology of theology. Touches on subjects such as spirit in the researching of cultural worlds, what theologians can learn from anthropology, the social location of sacred knowledge, feminist spirituality, African polygamy, Maya mythology, and sacraments and society. Adams teaches at Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Salamone teaches anthropology and sociology at Iona College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761814771
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

William Randolph Adams is Researcher at the Drug and Alcohol Research Studies Program at Brown University. Frank A. Salamone is Professor of Anthropology at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

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