• Religious Studies
  • New Age Spirituality: Rethinking Religion by Steven J. Sutcliffe, Ingvild Saelid Gilhus

    By Steven J. Sutcliffe, Ingvild Saelid Gilhus

    New Age and holistic ideals and practices - also known as the "new spirituality" - are commonly allotted throughout sleek international society. The fluid and renowned nature of latest age makes those hobbies a really tough box to appreciate utilizing conventional versions of spiritual research. instead of treating new age as an unique specimen at the margins of 'proper' faith, "New Age Spirituality" examines those events as a kind of daily or lived faith. The publication brings jointly a global variety of students to discover the most important matters: perception, therapeutic, divination, meditation, gnosis, outstanding stories, and interactions with gods, spirits and superhuman powers. Combining dialogue of up to date ideals and practices with state of the art theoretical research, the booklet repositions new age spirituality on the leading edge of the modern examine of faith.

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  • Society, Spirituality, and the Sacred: A Social Scientific by Donald S. Swenson

    By Donald S. Swenson

    In Society, Spirituality, and the Sacred, Swenson attracts on either Weber's Charisma and Routinization of air of secrecy and Thomas O'Dea's Dilemmas of the Institutionalization of faith to demonstrate how faith has either a favorable and damaging impression on humans. relocating from the person event of the sacred to the extra institutional spiritual event, the ebook explores the numerous manifestations of spiritual lifestyles and provides a synthesis of people religions, new religions, the recent Age stream, and the demanding situations posed via the secularization of up to date existence. This method of learning the sociology of faith bargains a tougher and provocative chance for college students in comparison to different texts at the market.

    The moment variation has been completely revised and up-to-date to combine the newest advancements within the box and to supply a extra international method of the learn of faith. New chapters on ladies and faith and new spiritual activities were further and discussions of Islam, indigenous religions and postmodernism were considerably expanded.

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  • Shamanism: An Introduction by Margaret Stutley

    By Margaret Stutley

    Shamanism strains the background, ideology and rites of the shamans' interesting belief-system in its many worldwide manifestations. taking a look at the types and capabilities of shamanic practices from Siberia to China and past, it presents an authoritative and obtainable advisor to a couple of the main infamous and most often misrepresented elements of shamanism. solutions questions reminiscent of how shamans' twin souls roam the realm of the useless looking for misplaced souls and why the Yukaghir humans put on "grandfather" amulets made up of the flesh and bones of useless family.

    Placing specific emphasis at the climatic, geographic, and cultural pressures lower than which shamanic traditions arose, Shaminism summarizes and obviously explains the good judgment of a religion whose fantastical components have a unique position in renowned mind's eye.

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  • Atheism And The Case Against Christ by Matthew S. Mccormick

    By Matthew S. Mccormick

    Countless numbers of thousands of individuals think that Jesus got here again from the lifeless. This cogent, forcefully argued ebook offers a decidedly unpopular view —namely, that the relevant guideline of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus, is fake. the writer asks a few probing questions:

    Is the proof approximately Jesus because it has been relayed to us over the centuries of enough volume and caliber to justify trust within the resurrection? How do we settle for the resurrection yet reject magic on the Salem witch trials? What mild does modern examine approximately human rationality from the fields of behavioral economics, empirical psychology, cognitive technology, and philosophy shed at the resurrection and spiritual trust? do we use modern learn in regards to the reliability of people’s ideals within the supernatural, miracles, and the mystical to make clear the origins of Christianity and different religions? Does it make feel that the omnipotent writer of the universe could hire miracles to accomplish his ends? Can a Christian think by means of religion on my own and but kind of deny the supernatural claims of different religions? Do the arguments opposed to Christianity help atheism?

    By conscientiously answering each one of those questions, this publication undermines Christianity and theism at their foundations; it supplies us a robust version for higher serious reasoning; and it builds a compelling case for atheism. with no stooping to condescension or conceitedness, the writer bargains persuasive arguments which are obtainable, considerate, and new.

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  • The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion: A by Russell T. McCutcheon

    By Russell T. McCutcheon

    What students of faith have come to understand because the insider/outsider challenge could be the main the most important theoretical and methodological factor that this day confronts the scholar of human behaviour and tradition. An insider process is one who examines a specific faith via a practitioner or suggest - an insider - of that faith. an intruder method is one undertaken via a "neutral" observer. the previous values better perception, and the latter higher objectivity. This anthology collects and introduces twenty-eight classics and modern readings - from such writers as Karen McCarthy Brown, Wendy Doniger-O'Flaherty, Mircea Eliade, Immanuel Kant, Rudolf Otto and Ninian shrewdpermanent - that examine the ways that students of faith have grappled with the family among learning, working towards and advocating. relocating from influential readings in linguistics and anthropology, the volume's thematically prepared chapters introduce readers to the strengths and weaknesses of numerous renowned concepts in addressing the insider/outsider challenge.

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