Tag: Religious

Religious Pluralism and Political Stability


David Golemboski, "Religious Pluralism and Political Stability "
English | ISBN: 1032185430 | 2022 | 224 pages | PDF | 11 MB
This book argues that the principles and institutions of political liberalism are necessary conditions for achieving reliable stability amid conditions of pluralism. Only a political system of this sort can bring citizens’ moral, religious, and political loyalties into robust agreement.

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Wilderness in Mythology and Religion Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas of Wild Nature


Wilderness in Mythology and Religion: Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas of Wild Nature By Laura Feldt
2012 | 320 Pages | ISBN: 1614512248 | PDF | 4 MB
Wilderness is one of the most abiding creations in the history of religions. It has a long and seminal history and is of contemporary relevance in wildlife preservation and climate discourses. Yet it has not previously been subject to scrutiny or theorising from a cross-cultural study of religions perspective. What are the specific relations between the world´s religions and imagined and real wilderness areas? The wilderness is often understood as a domain void of humans, opposed to civilization, but the analyses in this book complicate and question the dualism of previous theoretical grids and offer new perspectives on the interesting multiplicity of the wilderness and religion nexus. This book thus addresses the need for cross-cultural anthropological and history of religions analyses by offering in-depth case studies of the use and functions of wilderness spaces in a diverse range of contexts including, but not limited to, ancient Greece, early Christian asceticism, Old Norse religion,the shamanism-Buddhism encounter in Mongolia, contemporary paganism, and wilderness spirituality in the US.

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Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China


Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China By Philip Clart
2014 | 349 Pages | ISBN: 1614514992 | PDF | 7 MB
Scholarly interest in print culture and in the study of religion in modern China has increased in recent years, propelled by maturing approaches to the study of cultural history and by a growing recognition that both were important elements of China’s recent past. The influence of China in the contemporary world continues to expand, and with it has come an urgent need to understand the processes by which its modern history was made. Issues of religious freedom and of religion’s influence on the public sphere continue to be contentious but important subjects of scholarly work, and the role of print and textual media has not dimmed with the advent of electronic communication. This book, Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China1800-2012, speaks to these contemporary and historical issues by bringing to light the important and abiding connections between religious development and modern print culture in China. Bringing together these two subjects has a great deal of potential for producing insights that will appeal to scholars working in a range of fields, from media studies to social historians. Each chapter demonstrates how focusing on the role of publishing among religious groups in modern China generates new insights and raises new questions. They examine how religious actors understood the role of printed texts in religion, dealt with issues of translation and exegesis, produced print media that heralded social and ideological changes, and expressed new self-understandings in their published works. They also address the impact of new technologies, such as mechanized movable type and lithographic presses, in the production and meaning of religious texts. Finally, the chapters identify where religious print culture crossed confessional lines, connecting religious traditions through links of shared textual genres, commercial publishing companies, and the contributions of individual editors and authors. This book thus demonstrates how, in embracing modern print media and building upon their longstanding traditional print cultures, Christian, Buddhist, Daoist, and popular religious groups were developed and defined in modern China. While the chapter authors are specialists in religious traditions, they have made use of recent studies into publishing and print culture, and like many of the subjects of their research, are able to make connections across religious boundaries and link together seemingly discrete traditions.

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Religious Polemics and Encounters in Late Antiquity Boundaries, Conversions, and Persuasion


Religious Polemics and Encounters in Late Antiquity: Boundaries, Conversions, and Persuasion (Studies on the Children of Abraham) edited by Timo Nisula, Anni Maria Laato, Pablo Irizar
English | October 21, 2021 | ISBN: 9004466835 | True PDF | 308 pages | 2 MB
This volume explores the intricate identarian formation and negotiations of early encounters of the Abrahamic religions. Its aim is to understand the ever-pressing challenges arising from polemical inter-religious encounters by analyzing the dynamics of apologetic debate, the negotiation and formation of boundaries of belonging, and the argumentative thrust for persuasion and conversion.

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Religious Narratives in Italian Literature After the Second Vatican Council A Semiotic Analysis


Religious Narratives in Italian Literature After the Second Vatican Council: A Semiotic Analysis By Jenny Ponzo
2019 | 186 Pages | ISBN: 3110499843 | PDF | 2 MB
This book presents a semiotic study of the re-elaboration of Christian narratives and values in a corpus of Italian novels published after the Second Vatican Council (1960s). It tackles the complex set of ideas expressed by Italian writers about the biblical narration of human origins and traditional religious language and ritual, the perceived clash between the immanent and transcendent nature and role of the Church, and the problematic notion of sanctity emerging from contemporary narrative.

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Integrative Religious Education in Europe A Study-of-Religions Approach


Integrative Religious Education in Europe: A Study-of-Religions Approach By Wanda Alberts
2007 | 442 Pages | ISBN: 3110196611 | PDF | 12 MB
This book is a contribution to the development of the young discipline of the didactics of the Study of Religions (Religionswissenschaft) in international perspective. Integrative religious education refers to education about different religions in classrooms with children of various religious and non-religious backgrounds. Cornerstones of recent debates about theory and methodology in the academic study of religions and in education are discussed in the first chapter. They form the basis of the following analysis and evaluation of current approaches to integrative religious education in Europe, with a special focus on England and Sweden. Particular attention is paid to the different underlying concepts of religion, education and ways of representing religious plurality in these approaches. Building on a discussion of the current situation of teaching and learning about religions in schools in Europe in the context of wider cultural, social and political debates, the book concludes with the suggestion of a framework for integrative religious education in Europe, from a perspective that combines insights from the study of religions and education.

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices (3 Volume Set)


Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices (3 Volume Set) by Thomas Riggs
English | November 18, 2005 | ISBN: 0787666122, 0787666130, 0787666149 | 1990 pages | PDF | 103 Mb
Provides information on current religious practices around the world, with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers. Volume 1, Religions of the World, contains 20-to-25-page entries on 13 major religions, such as Christianity and Islam, and 3-to-5 page entries on 28 religious subgroups, such as Shi’ites or Baptists. Volumes 2 and 3 focus on the significant religions in 193 countries; entries range from 3-8 pages. The entries provide for easy access to information and encourage comparisons across different religions, religious groups, and countries. Standardized rubrics for entries include: founder, date of origin, major theologians and authors, history, leaders, number of followers, what is sacred, rituals, rites of passage, festivals and holidays, houses of worship and holy places, dietary practices, modes of dress, social aspects, cultural impact, political impact (in country entries), controversial issues, social justice, and degree of religious tolerance (in country entries)

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