Battleground: Religion [2 volumes]

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Overview

Is there a controversial issue in the contemporary world that does not involve religion? Whether it's a debate over the beginning of life, or on sexuality and family life, or on the stewardship of humans over the environment, almost all of the most contentious matters that impact today's society involve people's deeply held religious beliefs. Battleground: Religion helps clarify these complex topics by examining how various religious beliefs and practices impact current political, social, and cultural debates. Each of the approximately 100 entries examines a hot-button issue—from war and peace to the culture wars—and discusses, in a balanced and objective way, the points of view on these topics from all parts of the religious spectrum. Students will come away from Battleground: Religion with a better understanding of the issues that they will be encountering for years to come.

Each entry includes a bibliography or resources for further information.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Battleground series provides references to inform debate on major issues in the US, and the topic of these volumes is the impact of religion on modern social and political issues. Entries present data and summarize positions on such matters as abortion, capitalism and socialism, deep ecology and radical environmentalism, health reform movements,

Nation of Islam, right-wing extremism, same-sex marriage, and vegetarianism as religious witness. They are written by scholars of religion, literature, culture, and other disciplines and by religious practitioners. Extensive topic-specific bibliographies are provided, along with some cross-references. The two volumes are paged and indexed together."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The 72 signed entries by scholars in the field provide a brief, middle-of-the-road assessment of each issue. The 'further

reading' lists provide some excellent written and online materials for research at many levels. Cross-references within

some articles are a big help. Material on liberation theology is especially well presented. The general bibliography

could have been more expansive. This set provides good, basic material for a wide range of readers and researchers. . . . Highly recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313340987
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Battleground Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER is a professor in the Department of Theological Studies and a director of Peace Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

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Table of Contents

Guide to Related Topics

Introduction

Entries:

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