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Studying Religion: An Introduction Through Cases

Studying Religion: An Introduction Through Cases

ISBN 9780073386591
Edition 3
Publication Date
Publisher McGraw-Hill Australia
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Overview
Preface Chapter 1: Thinking about Being a Student of Religion 1.1 Insider's and Outsider's Perspectives 1.2 Qualities Worth Having 1.3 Why Study Religion? Review Questions Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 2: On Defining and Studying Religion 2.1 Marks of a Good Definition 2.2 Two Definitions 2.3 Is Secular Humanism a Religion? 2.4 A Simple Map of the Field 2.5 Goals and Methods 2.6 Fieldwork 2.7 Controversy Review Questions Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 3: Sacred Power 3.1 Two Case Studies 3.2 Comparison 3.3 Forms of Sacred Power 3.4 Agnosticism and Atheism Review Questions Research Case: Ganesha Questions on the Case of Ganesha Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 4: Myth as Sacred Story 4.1 Two Case Studies 4.2 Comparison 4.3 Types and Functions 4.4 Theories of Myth 4.5 Myth and Science Review Questions Research Case: The Primal Man Questions on the Case of the Primal Man Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 5: Ritual as Sacred Action 5.1 Two Case Studies 5.2 Comparison 5.3 Types and Functions 5.4 Sacrifice and Violence 5.5 Magic, Performatives, and Ritual 5.6 Myth and Ritual Review Questions Research Case: Seder Questions on the Case of the Seder Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 6: Sacred Space, Time, and Art 6.1 Two Case Studies 6.2 Comparison 6.3 Features of Sacred Space and Time 6.4 Glimpsing the Sacred Review Questions Research Case: The Cathedral of St. Andrew Questions on the Case of the Cathedral of St. Andrew Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 7: Experiencing the Sacred 7.1 Two Case Studies 7.2 Comparison 7.3 Debates about the Nature of Religious Experiences 7.4 Shamanic Ecstasy 7.5 Mystical Techniques and States 7.6 Psychoanalytic Theories Review Questions Research Case: St. Teresa of Avila Questions on the Case of St. Teresa of Avila Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 8: Explaining Evil 8.1 Two Case Studies 8.2 Comparison 8.3 Types of Theodicies 8.4 The Theological Problem of Evil 8.5 How Theodicies Work Review Questions Research Case: Manichaeism Questions on the Case of Manichaeism Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 9: Religion and Morality 9.1 Two Case Studies 9.2 Comparison 9.3 Identifying and Legitimating Moral Norms 9.4 What are the Elements of a Religious Morality? 9.5 Retribution: Overcoming Moral Failure Review Questions Research Case: Jain Nonviolence Questions on the Case of Jain Nonviolence Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 10: Religion and Politics 10.1 Two Case Studies 10.2 Comparison 10.3 Patterns of Political Engagement Review Questions Research Case: Shinto Questions on the Case of Shinto Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 11: Organizing the Sacred 11.1 Two Case Studies 11.2 Comparison 11.3 Types of Religious Organizations 11.4 The Dilemmas of Institutionalization 11.5 Types of Authority 11.6 Scripture 11.7 Gender 11.8 Civil Religion Review Questions Research Case: Shinto Questions on the Case of Shinto Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 12: Human Existence and Destiny 12.1 Two Case Studies 12.2 Comparison 12.3 Religions of Salvation and Society 12.4 What Is Wrong with Human Existence? 12.5 Three Paths to Salvation 12.6 Where Are We Going? Review Questions Research Case: Zen Buddhism Questions on the Case of Zen Buddhism Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 13: Religious Diversity and Truth 13.1 Why Can't We All Get Along? 13.2 Exclusivism, Inclusivism, and More 13.3 What Is Truth? 13.4 Critical Tolerance and the Principle of Charity Review Questions Research Case: Baha'i Questions on the Case of Baha'i Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources

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