The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion

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Chicago and London 2012 Softcover 248 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. RELIGION. Why has religion persisted across the course of human history? Secularists have predicted the ... end of faith for a long time, but religions continue to attract followers. Meanwhile, scholars of religion have expanded their field to such an extent that we lack a basic framework for making sense of the chaos of religious phenomena. To remedy this state of affairs, Martin Riesebrodt here undertakes a task that is at once simple and monumental: to define, understand, and explain religion as a universal concept. Instead of propounding abstract theories, Riesebrodt concentrates on the concrete realities of worship, examining religious holidays, conversion stories, prophetic visions, and life-cycle events. In analyzing these practices, his scope is appropriately broad, taking into consideration traditions in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto. Ultimately, Riesebrodt argues, all religions promise to avert misf Read more Show Less

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Why has religion persisted across the course of human history? Secularists have predicted the end of faith for a long time, but religions continue to attract followers. Meanwhile, scholars of religion have expanded their field to such an extent that we lack a basic framework for making sense of the chaos of religious phenomena. To remedy this state of affairs, Martin Riesebrodt here undertakes a task that is at once simple and monumental: to define, understand, and explain religion as a universal concept.

Instead of propounding abstract theories, Riesebrodt concentrates on the concrete realities of worship, examining religious holidays, conversion stories, prophetic visions, and life-cycle events. In analyzing these practices, his scope is appropriately broad, taking into consideration traditions in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto. Ultimately, Riesebrodt argues, all religions promise to avert misfortune, help their followers manage crises, and bring both temporary blessings and eternal salvation. And, as The Promise of Salvation makes clear through abundant empirical evidence, religion will not disappear as long as these promises continue to help people cope with life.

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Editorial Reviews

Die Presse
"Riesebrodt has worked small wonders and written a well crafted study of religion without lecturing and moralizing, clear and with a sure eye for verifiable facts. This has rarely happened since Eliade."-Die Presse, on the German edition
Die Zeit
"With his theory of religion, which gets by equitably without claims to absolute truth, Riesebrodt sociologically bridges the conflict potential of religions. In times of violent fundamentalisms, enlightened indifference, and naturalistic appropriation, this is no small feat."—Die Zeit, on the German edition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226006932
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Riesebrodt is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Chicago and the author of several books, including Pious Passion: The Emergence of Modern Fundamentalism in the United States and IranSteven Rendall has translated numerous books, including On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines by Harald Weinrich, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Religion as Discourse: On the Critique of the Concept of Religion

Modern Religious Discourses

The Indispensability of the Concept of Religion

On Discourse-Theory Criticism

On Postcolonial Criticism

On the Necessity of Analytical Concepts

From Language to Social Reference

2. Religion as Social Reference: On Justifying the Concept of Religion

Demarcation

Superposition

Assimilation

The Politics of Religion

Travelers’ Reports

Conclusions

3. Scholarly Imaginations of Religion

Religion as a Divine Gift of Reason

Religion as an Experience of Revelation

Religion as Projection

Religion as Protoscience

Religion as Affect

Religion as a Function of the Brain

Religion as Sacralized Society

Religion as an Interest in Salvation

Religion as a Commodity

Outlook

4. Religious Practice and the Promise of Salvation:

Outline of a Theory of Religion

Defining Religion

Understanding Religion

Explaining Religion

5. Averting Misfortune: General Religious Practices

Religious Calendars

Life-Cycle Practices

Variable Practices

6. The Radical Quest for Salvation: The Practices of Religious Virtuosos

On the Concept of Virtuosity

Shamans

Christians

Jews

Muslims

Buddhists

Japanese Virtuosos

Daoists

On the Logic of Virtuoso Practices

7. Turning toward Salvation: Religious Propaganda

Conversion and Propaganda

Conversion Narratives

Reports of Enlightenment

Prophetic Promises

8. The Future of Religion

On the Universality of Religion

Secularization, Disenchantment, and Deinstitutionalization

The Return and the Future of Religion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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