Religious Studies and Theology: An Introduction

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Though they are intimately related, most textbooks cover either religious studies or theology, leaving students lacking in exposure to one or the other of these associated disciplines. Religious Studies and Theology: An Introduction offers a comprehensive introduction to both subjects in one inclusive volume.

The text is written in an accessible style and is meant for beginning students and all those interested in learning about these fields. It is divided into six sections, ...

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Overview

Though they are intimately related, most textbooks cover either religious studies or theology, leaving students lacking in exposure to one or the other of these associated disciplines. Religious Studies and Theology: An Introduction offers a comprehensive introduction to both subjects in one inclusive volume.

The text is written in an accessible style and is meant for beginning students and all those interested in learning about these fields. It is divided into six sections, including Theories of Religion; World Religions; Biblical Studies; Practical Theology; Systematic Theology; and The Philosophy of Religion. The volume also contains a guide for further reading as well as boxes to explain key terms. Offering thorough and cutting-edge coverage of all aspects of these fields, it is the only introduction to the whole of religious studies and theology in a single-volume format.

Contributors: Douglas J. Davies, Seth D. Kunin, Hugh Goddard, Martin A. Mills, Matthew Wood, F. Michael Perko, Paul Ellingworth, Ken Aitken, Helen K. Bond, John Swinton, Henry R. Sefton, Francesca Aran Murphy, and Derek Cross.

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"Will become a standard."

-Rodney Taylor,University of Colorado at Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814799147
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Bond is Lecturer in New Testament, Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh.

Seth D. Kunin is Head of the School of Divinity and Religious Studies and

Francesca Murphy is Reader in Systematic Theology, both at the University of Aberdeen.

Francesca Murphy is Reader in Systematic Theology, both at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Sect. 1 Theories of Religion 7
1 The Theology of Religion 7
2 Psychological and Phenomenological Theories of Religion 31
3 Anthropological and Sociological Theories of Religion 55
Sect. 2 Case Studies 95
1 Indigenous Traditions and Anthropological Theory 95
2 Judaism 119
3 Christianity 161
4 Islam 185
5 Hinduism and Buddhism 223
6 New Religious Movements and the New Age 265
7 Recent Trends in Religion 283
Sect. 1 Biblical Studies 313
1 Ways of Reading the Bible 313
2 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 327
3 Introduction to the New Testament 349
Sect. 2 Practical Theology 379
1 What is Practical Theology? 379
Sect. 3 Systematic Theology 411
1 An Overview of Christian History 411
2 Christology from the Apostolic Age to Chalcedon 435
3 The Bases of Systematic Theology 457
4 The Holy Spirit, Creeds and the Church 485
5 Revelation and the Trinity 509
Sect. 4 Philosophy of Religion 537
1 The Philosophy of Religion 537
Select Bibliography 609
Index 618
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