The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations

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This comprehensive volume focuses on the world's religions and the changes they have undergone as they become more global and diverse in form. It explores the religions of the world not only in the regions with which they have been historically associated, but also looks at the new cultural and religious contexts in which they are developing. It considers the role of migration in the spread of religions by examining the issues raised for modern societies by the increasing interaction of different religions. The volume also addresses such central questions as the dynamics of religious innovation which is evidenced in the rise and impact of new religious and new spirituality movements in every continent.

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'The thrust of this reference work is to reflect and understanding continuity and transformation and it does this well' — Reference Reviews

'There is food for thought here for the most emphatic of theists and atheists and the book is a useful addition to the thinking of anyone int he field, and to libraries serving their needs.' — Reference Reviews

'a vademecum for students, scholars, and all those interested in ‘institutional’ and ‘voluntary’ religious orders, to borrow from Troeltsch, in their historical and contemporary archetypes.' Amidu Olalekan Sanni, Lagos State University

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In 1988, Clarke (history & sociology of religion, emeritus, Oxford) coedited a reference work for G.K. Hall with the same main title as this resource by Routledge. Here, Clarke, Beyer (sociology of religion, Univ. of Ottawa), and 48 other contributors explore the religions of the world not only in the context of the regions with which they are associated, but also in relation to such complex issues as the interaction of different religions and the rise of new spirituality movements around the world, among others. A lengthy introduction, which also serves as an overview of current religious studies, is followed by 54 chapters ranging in length from 5000 to 10,000 words and treating a wide range of topics: "African traditional religion and its modern fate," "animism," "Confucian heritage," "defining religion," "fundamentalism," and "Zoroastrianism."
—Rosanne M. Cordell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415397254
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 808
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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