Religion Today: A Reader

Religion Today: A Reader

by Susan Mumm
     
 

Religion Today: A Reader in Tradition, Modernity and Change presents a broad selection of primary and secondary texts for studying the central themes and issues in contemporary religion. This volume accompanies the five textbooks published in the Open University/Ashgate Religion Today Series, but also offers an independent, comprehensive Reader for all those… See more details below

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Religion Today: A Reader in Tradition, Modernity and Change presents a broad selection of primary and secondary texts for studying the central themes and issues in contemporary religion. This volume accompanies the five textbooks published in the Open University/Ashgate Religion Today Series, but also offers an independent, comprehensive Reader for all those studying and interested in religion today. The Reader is structured around five key themes: Sacred text to internet; Religion and social transformation; Civil religions; Global religions in regional context; Alternative spiritualities. Each section includes an introduction by the editor, and presents an international range of the most important textual sources for study.

Religion Today: Tradition, Modernity and Change - an Open University/Ashgate Series

This new Open University/Ashgate series of textbooks with accompanying reader offers an in-depth introduction to contemporary themes and challenges in religious studies, highlighting the central issues and ideas that are shaping religion today - and will continue to do tomorrow. Spanning many countries and religions, the textbooks include plentiful contemporary case studies and integrate methods of analysis and theoretical perspectives seamlessly into the text, ensuring that students understand the relevance of methodologies to lived experience and gain the abilities to transfer analytic skills and explanatory devices to the breadth of nations and religions. The 5 textbooks offer introductions to the following key issues in contemporary religious studies: representation and interpretation; modernity and social change; civil religion; the impact of globalisation on religion; the growth of alternative religion. The accompanying Reader presents primary source material structured around these core themes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754607434
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
19th Century Series
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IFrom Sacred Text to Internet
1.1Mark's Gospel3
1.2Does the Historical Jesus Matter?7
1.3Seeing the Sacred15
1.4Idolatry and the Defence of Hindu Theism17
1.5Idol Worship20
1.6Defence of Image Worship22
1.7Glimpses of Religion23
1.8Images as an Aid to Worship24
1.9The Principles of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order25
1.10The FWBO and the Buddhist Tradition27
1.11Learning about Buddhism28
1.12Kadampa Buddhism29
1.13Training as a Qualified Dharma Teacher30
1.14Bhikku Sangha: The Order of Monks34
1.15Zaynab al Ghazali: Islamist Feminist?38
1.16The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace43
Pt. IIReligion and Social Transformations
2.1Christianity in the Post-Communist Vacuum49
2.2How Can a Muslim Live in this Era?57
2.3Human Rights Declaration, 194863
2.4Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam67
2.5Who is Mary for Today's Asian Women?74
2.6Asian Women Writing Theology77
2.7Mary in the Christian Community: Model for Liberation78
2.8Black Feminism and Theology80
2.9Self-understanding of Biblical Scholarship82
2.10God as Mother84
2.11A Buddhist Life is a Green Life88
2.12A Zone of Peace90
2.13Saving Forests so There can be Forest Monks93
Pt. IIIPerspectives on Civil Religion
3.1Civil Religion in America101
3.2Baptized in Blood106
3.3Completing the Theological Circle: Civil Religion in America113
3.4War Memorials116
3.5Say Goodbye to Grandad118
3.6How Did Uncle Edmund Die?121
3.7War Grave Pilgrimage125
3.8Communion at the Wall132
3.9The Things They Leave Behind134
3.10Night Rounds: A Visit to the Vietnam Memorial136
3.11To Heal a Nation137
3.12Notice Announcing the Proposed Rededication of Siena to the Virgin, June 18 1944141
3.13Act of Donation of the City of Siena to the Most Holy Virgin Mary142
3.14The Day of the Palio144
3.15Palio146
Pt. IVGlobal Religious Movements in Regional Context
4.1Looking Back, Reaching Forward151
4.2The Charismatic Movement in the Church of England155
4.3Christianity for a New Age159
4.4Can Evangelicalism Survive its Success?161
4.5Recovering the Primacy of Evangelism168
4.6The Legacy of John Wimber169
4.7Which Part of the Great Commission Don't You Understand?172
4.8Some Reflections on the Meaning and Practice of Worship from Inside South America176
4.9View from the Other Side182
4.10Dawa and its Significance for the Future184
4.11Does Anybody Care?: The Umma at a Charity Dinner188
4.12Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo: Soka Gakkai Introduction Card194
4.13Happiness in this World195
4.14The One Essential Phrase196
4.15Soka Gakkai International Charter198
4.16President Ikeda's Guidance200
4.17Adapting the Precepts to the Locality202
4.18Flood Disaster in Venezuela204
Pt. VBelief Beyond Boundaries
5.1Pagan Theologies209
5.2Neopaganism211
5.3Ritual is My Chosen Art Form214
5.4New Age or Pagan217
5.5The Stations of the Sun220
5.6The Celtic Year224
5.7Three 'p's226
5.8Are the Modern Celts Bogus?228
5.9Three Things There Are, That Are Seldom Heard231
5.10Apologies to Native People237
5.11Behind the Buckskin Curtain239
5.12Nature and First Nations' Religions241
5.13Spokespersons for Indian Spirituality244
5.14An Earth First! Activist on the Importance of Ritual247
5.15Drawing Down the Moon250
5.16There Have Been Witches in All Ages253
5.17The Burning Times256
5.18Sorceresses258
5.19The Witches of Eastwick260
5.20The Worst Witch261
5.21The Ride-by-Nights262
5.22Witch at Home263
5.23Science and Religion267
5.24Whose Science? Whose Religion?269
5.25Psychology and Religion272
5.26Syncronicity275
5.27Foreword to the I Ching277
5.28Why Jung Would Doubt the New Age280
Acknowledgements283
Index289

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