Introducing Religion: Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 4

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Overview

Places religious studies squarely within the twenty-first century

Introducing Religion, 4/e explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. A broad overview to religious studies as a discipline introduces students to the various subjects of religion. Introducing Religion teaches readers how to think in academic religious studies and its main areas, including: sociology of religion, psychology of religion, history of religion, religion and art, ethics, and more.

The fourth edition has been expanded with new chapters exploring topics of contemporary interest: myth, spiritual paths, religion and popular culture, religion in the computer age, religion and war. Contemporary topics engage today’s students, relating the topics to the changing world around them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205987597
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/24/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 480,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Illinois, Robert Ellwood received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. After serving as an Episcopal priest and Navy chaplain, he obtained a Ph.D. in the History of Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1967. He then taught religious studies at the University of Southern California for thirty years, and since retirement has lived in Ojai, California. He has published books on Japanese religion, American religion, mythology, and religious studies.

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Table of Contents

In This Section:

I) Brief Table of Contents

II) Detailed Table of Contents


I) Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How to Study Religion

Chapter 2. History of Religion on Planet Earth

Chapter 3. Myth: Our Lives, and the World's, Are Stories

Chapter 4. Magic Doorways: Symbol, Rite, and Religion

Chapter 5. Oases of the Mind: The Psychology of Religion

Chapter 6. Inner Adventure: The Spiritual Path, the Way of Faith

Chapter 7. Why Evil?

Chapter 8. Faith through Form: Religion and Art

Chapter 9. Ghost Marriages and Country Music: Popular Religion

Chapter 10. Cyberaltars: Religion in the Computer Age

Chapter 11. Traveling Together: The Sociology of Religion

Chapter 12. Truth Messages: The Conceptual Expression of Religion

Chapter 13. Worlds to Come: Religious Eschatology and the Afterlife

Chapter 14. How Shall We Live? Religion and Ethics

Chapter 15. Horror and Glory: Religion Confronting War


II) Detailed Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How to Study Religion

Pictures of religion

Another reality

Definitions of religion

The forms of religious expression, and a working definition

The structure of this book

Chapter 2. History of Religion on Planet Earth

Human religious beginnings

The religion of early hunters

Archaic agriculture

Ancient empires

The Axial Age

The great religions

Five stages in the development of great religions

Chapter 3. Myth: Our Lives, and the World's, Are Stories

Your story as myth

Stories before writing

Coyote

Kinds of myth and the creation myth

The myth of the hero

The warrior hero

The savior hero

Myth and meaning

Chapter 4. Magic Doorways: Symbol, Rite, and Religion

Signs and symbols

Categories of religious symbols

Audio symbols

Myth and doctrine as symbol

Public and private symbols

Symbols and meaning

The orchestration of symbols in rite

Initiation

Chapter 5. Oases of the Mind: The Psychology of Religion

Mental shifts

Subuniverses

Development and change

Awareness of self

Religious states of consciousness

Psychological interpretations of religion

Religious development

Chapter 6. Inner Adventure: The Spiritual Path, the Way of Faith

Ways to go

The way of realization

Insight

Faith and monks who hated God

The meeting of the twain

Chapter 7. Why Evil?

What exactly is evil?

Myths of the origin of evil

Evil myth, evil ritual, evil initiation: Can religion create evil?

Why do bad things happen? Religious thought and evil

Chapter 8. Faith through Form: Religion and Art

Stained-glass windows

Painting

Sculpture

Architecture

Music

Poetry

Drama

Novels and stories

Chapter 9. Ghost Marriages and Country Music: Popular Religion

Two kinds of religion

Popular expressions of mainstream religion

The devil's share

Global Christianity

Theories of popular religion

Camouflages of the sacred

Are they religion?

Chapter 10. Cyberaltars: Religion in the Computer Age

The way we live now

Levels and life

Information please

Alone together: Religious talk online

Gamesmanship

Gateways to wonder

Cyber apocalyptic

Chapter 11. Traveling Together: The Sociology of Religion

All religion is social

Religious groups

Great and little traditions

Established religion

Emergent religion

The transformation of society by religion

Religion and the interpretation of history

Chapter 12. Truth Messages: The Conceptual Expression of Religion

What is said and how it is said

God

Creation

The path to salvation

Determining truth in religion

Are religious beliefs irrefutable?

Chapter 13. Worlds to Come: Religious Eschatology and the Afterlife

On the one hand, on the other. . .

How important is it?

Now or later

Islamic end-time

Christian judgment

One death or many: Heaven and hell versus reincarnation

Eternal recurrence

What kind of heaven?

Near-death experiences

Chapter 14. How Shall We Live? Religion and Ethics

Taking it to the streets

Ethics and morality

Down from on high 1

Kinds of ethical thought

Law and love

Similarities and differences in religious ethical traditions

Contemporary issues in religious ethics

The abortion controversy

The role of women in religion

Religion and Ecology

Chapter 15. Horror and Glory: Religion Confronting War

Introducing war

The feel of war

Just war theory

To the right and left of just war

A remarkable discovery

Protection and more than protection

Living the dream

The joy of battle

Terrorism

Mythic Time and Ourselves Again

The horror of war

War and moral meaning

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