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In an era plagued by religious conflict, the Second Edition of Gods in the Global Village directly responds to issues of social problems prevalent in the world today. Using an engaging, though-provoking style, author Lester R. Kurtz focuses on the relationship among the major faith traditions that inform the thinking and ethical standards of most people in the emerging global social order.
About the Author Foreword Preface Acknowledgments
1 Religious Life in the Global Village Religion and the Globalization of Social Life Religion and the Sociological Tradition Major Themes in the Sociology of Religion
2 A Sociological Tour: Turning East Types of Religious Traditions Hinduism Buddhism Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism Indigenous Religions
3 The Tour: Judaism, Christianity and Islam Judaism Christianity Islam The Social Construction of Religious Traditions
4 The Religious Ethos Constructing a Religious Ethos Religion and Identity Construction Religion and Everyday Life Religion and Stratification Religious Taboo Lines and Ethical Systems Religion and Politics The Ethos and the Global Village
5 Modernism and Multiculturalism From Local to Cosmopolitan The Challenge of Modernism Historical Outcomes of the Modernist Crisis The Modernist Crisis and the Twenty-First Century Cultural Wars and Protest Theologies Revitalizing the Ancient Traditions
6 Religious Movements for a New Century Civil Religion and Nationalism Religious Syncretism and Alternative Religious Movements New Forms of Religiosity Women’s Movements Environmental Movements Constructing and Reconstructing Religious Life
7 Religion and Social Conflict A Theory of Religious Conflict Religion and the Problem of Violence Religious Contributions to Nonviolence Islam and Nonviolence Chaos or Community?
Notes References Glossary/Index