The Anthropology of Religious Charisma: Ecstasies and by C. Lindholm

By C. Lindholm

In keeping with Max Weber, air of secrecy is against bureaucratic order. This assortment unearths the bounds of that formulation. The participants convey how air of mystery is part of cultural frameworks whereas maintaining its ecstatic personality between American and Italian Catholics, Syrian Sufis, Taiwanese Buddhists, Hassidic Jews, and Amazonian shamans, between others.

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Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics: by Jame Schaefer

By Jame Schaefer

Earth is imperiled. Human actions are adversely affecting the land, water, air, and myriad sorts of organic existence that include the ecosystems of our planet. signs of worldwide warming and holes within the ozone layer inhibit capabilities important to the biosphere. Environmental harm to the planet turns into harmful to human healthiness and health now and into the longer term - and too usually that harm impacts people who are least in a position to guard themselves.Can faith make a good contribution to combating extra destruction of organic range and ecosystems and threats to our earth? Jame Schaefer thinks that it may well, and she or he examines the idea of Christian Church fathers and medieval theologians to bare and retrieve insights which can communicate to our present plight. by means of reconstructing the lessons of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and different vintage thinkers to mirror our present medical knowing of the area, Schaefer indicates easy methods to 'green' the Catholic religion: to worth the goodness of construction, to understand the great thing about construction, to recognize creation's compliment for God, to recognize the kinship of all creatures, to exploit production with gratitude and reticence, and to dwell virtuously in the earth neighborhood.

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The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and by Scott R. Appleby, Theodore M. Hesburgh

By Scott R. Appleby, Theodore M. Hesburgh

Terrorists and peacemakers may well develop up within the comparable neighborhood and cling to an identical non secular culture. The killing conducted by way of one and the reconciliation fostered by means of the opposite point out the diversity of dramatic and contradictory responses to human affliction via spiritual actors. but religion's skill to encourage violence is in detail regarding its both outstanding strength as a strength for peace, particularly within the growing to be variety of conflicts around the globe that contain spiritual claims and religiously encouraged fighters. This e-book explains what non secular terrorists and spiritual peacemakers percentage in universal, what factors them to take assorted paths in combating injustice, and the way a deeper figuring out of spiritual extremism can and needs to be built-in extra successfully into our wondering tribal, local, and foreign clash.

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Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes

By Bruce David Forbes

Written for everybody who loves and is at the same time pushed loopy via the vacation season, Christmas: A Candid background provides an enlightening, wonderful standpoint on how the yearly yule social gathering received to be what it's at the present time. In a desirable, concise journey via heritage, the publication tells the tale of Christmas—from its pre-Christian roots, throughout the start of Jesus, to the holiday's unfold throughout Europe into the Americas and past, and to its mind-boggling transformation via smooth consumerism. filled with interesting tales, in response to study into myriad resources, choked with insights, the publication explores the historic origins of traditions together with Santa, the reindeer, present giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and flicks, and extra. The publication additionally bargains a few provocative principles for reclaiming the enjoyment and that means of this loved, but usually problematic, season amid the pressures of our fast paced buyer culture.


For 3 centuries Christians didn't have a good time Christmas?

Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal?

St. Nicholas is an elf in the well-known poem "The evening ahead of Christmas"?

President Franklin Roosevelt replaced the dateof Thanksgiving so as to prolong the Christmas purchasing season?

Coca-Cola helped model Santa Claus's glance in an advertisements campaign?

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The A to Z of Taoism by Julian F. Pas

By Julian F. Pas

Taoism, the set of philosophical teachings and non secular practices rooted within the realizing of the chinese language personality Tao, or "The Way," was once based by means of the chinese language thinker Laozi within the sixth Century BCE, whose paintings, the Tao Te Ching (The booklet of how and its Virtue) laid the philosophical origin for the religion's ideals. This quantity starts off, because it should still, with a close chronology of Taoism and its dating either to China and different teachings. The creation inserts it extra during this easy context. Then the dictionary part, together with a number of hundred cross-referenced entries, presents a extra distinctive remedy of vital individuals, nonpersons (gods and demons), recommendations, practices, rituals, scriptures, and faculties. The bibliography indicates extra analyzing.

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Buddhism, Christianity and the question of creation: karmic by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the area created by way of a divine writer? Or is it the consistent fabricated from karmic forces? the difficulty of construction used to be on the center of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days, it may be discovered on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the primary barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover many of the elements of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the assumption of a divine author in addition to Christian chances to satisfy the Buddhist critique. half asks for the aptitude fact on each side and indicates a stunning manner that the barrier could be conquer. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with difficult insights for either.

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Priests, Witches and Power: Popular Christianity after by Maia Green

By Maia Green

This anthropological account of a Catholic group in East Africa unearths how Catholicism got here to have common popularity in Southern Tanzania and the way this background at present impacts working towards Catholics. Maia eco-friendly offers a descriptive account of these contemplating themselves Catholics in japanese Africa in courting to Western assumptions of "conversion". She hence encourages a brand new method of the results of large-scale shifts in non secular association. The ebook additionally includes information regarding different ritual practices touching on kinship, getting older and demise.

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War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture by Katherine Allen Smith

By Katherine Allen Smith

"An tremendous fascinating and demanding book... makes a tremendous contribution to the heritage of medieval monastic spirituality in a formative interval, while additionally becoming into wider debates at the origins, improvement and impression of principles on crusading and holy war." Dr William Purkis, college of Birmingham

Monastic tradition has in most cases been visible as set except the medieval battlefield, as "those who prayed" have been set except "those who fought". besides the fact that, during this first learn of where of conflict inside of medieval monastic tradition, the writer indicates the constraints of this department. via a large interpreting of Latin sermons, letters, and hagiography, she identifies a monastic language of conflict that awarded the monk because the archetypal "soldier of Christ" and his lifetime of prayer as a continual strive against with the satan: certainly, priests' claims to supremacy at the religious battlefield grew even louder as Church leaders prolonged the identify of "soldier of Christ" to put knights and crusaders. So, whereas medieval monasteries have generally been portrayed as peaceable sanctuaries in a violent international, right here the writer demonstrates that monastic id was once negotiated via actual and imaginary encounters with warfare, and that the concept that of non secular battle knowledgeable almost each point of existence within the cloister. It hence breaks new floor within the historical past of eu attitudes towards war and warriors within the age of the papal reform move and the early crusades.

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The Religious Context of Early Christianity: A Guide to by Hans Josef Klauck

By Hans Josef Klauck

This can be a uniquely well-informed and entire advisor to the realm of faith within the Graeco-Roman atmosphere of early Christianity. Drawing at the most recent scholarship, the amount paints a delicately nuanced portrait of the Christians' non secular context. along with describing usual family and civic faith and renowned trust (including astrology, divination and 'magic'), there's prolonged dialogue of poser cults, ruler and emperor cults, the non secular dimensions of philosophy, and Gnosticism. A precious textbook for complicated scholars, in addition to an authoritative reference paintings for students.

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