Download Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites by Arthur J. Magida PDF

By Arthur J. Magida

This daring, pioneering publication explores rites of passage in the USA via sifting during the debts of influential thinkers who skilled them. Arthur J. Magida explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and real perform of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies. In infrequent interviews, popular artists and intellectuals akin to Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, holistic guru Deepak Chopra, singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, cartoonist Roz Chast, interfaith maven Huston Smith, and lots of extra speak in detail approximately their non secular backgrounds, the rites of passage they went via, and the way those occasions formed who they're today.Magida compares those coming of age ceremonies' origins and evolution, considers their final that means and goal, and gauges how their that means alterations with members through the years. He additionally examines cutting edge rites of passage which are now being "invented" within the usa. Passionate and lyrical, this soaking up booklet finds our deep, final desire for coming-of-age occasions, in particular in a society as fluid as ours.Conversations with: Bob Abernethy, Huston Smith, Julia Sweeney, Roz Chast, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Elie Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Coleman Barks, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), And others

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Download Introducing World Religions by Victoria Kennick Urubshurow PDF

By Victoria Kennick Urubshurow

Introducing international Religions deals an exhilarating new method of the learn of the world's religions. Taking its suggestion from functionality experiences and utilizing an cutting edge dramatic metaphor, it permits scholars to discover non secular rules and tradition by way of the avid gamers (key figures), the script (foundational texts) and function (religious practices). The dialogue of key gamers treats human and non-human figures at the global degree, together with the primary (God, Dharma, Dao), imaginal figures (angels, baals, bodhisattvas), unprecedented people (founders, prophets, gurus), and ancient folks (significant avid gamers within the drama of religions). The dialogue of the foundational texts contains fabrics that stability or problem mainstream texts with an alternate point of view. The part on functionality explores non-verbal non secular actions resembling pilgrimage, icon portray, dance, divination, and meditation.

Those concerned about introducing ''post-colonial'' discourse to scholars with no wasting the vintage classification of ''the sacred'' may still locate this textbook to be balanced and evocative. It offers achievable techniques from the camps of either ''religionists'' and ''reductionists'' and scholars are challenged to maneuver among ''inside'' and ''outside'' positions as they survey what were known as (controversially) ''world religions''.

Specially designed to aid studying it includes:

  • chapter timelines displaying key individuals, occasions and dates
  • themed containers to motivate methodological enquiry
  • key-point bankruptcy summaries to help figuring out and review
  • study inquiries to help school room discussion
  • maps, charts andВ photographs
  • glossary of keyword phrases and concepts
  • key studying, a finished bibliography and index

Ideal for one-semester or modular introductory survey classes at the world's religions, Introducing international Religions could be crucial analyzing for any scholar of religions, around the globe. The accompanying site to this booklet are available at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415772709 .

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Download A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, by Karen Armstrong PDF

By Karen Armstrong

"An admirable and bold paintings of synthesis that may supply perception and pride to millions of lay readers."
THE WASHINGTON put up publication WORLD

In this stunningly clever booklet, Karen Armstrong, one in every of Britain's ultimate commentators on non secular affairs, lines the background of ways women and men have perceived and skilled God, from the time of Abraham to the current. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the trendy age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong plays the close to miracle of distilling the highbrow background of monotheism into one fantastically readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.

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Download Gewalt im Namen Gottes. Die Verantwortung der Religionen für by Severin J. Lederhilger PDF

By Severin J. Lederhilger

Der Islamische Staat in Syrien und im Irak, die Massaker von Boko Haram in Nigeria - immer neue religiös motivierte Terrorakte rufen weltweite Betroffenheit hervor, auch unter gläubigen Menschen. Weder Bibel noch Koran rechtfertigen einfach jegliche Gewalttat oder Krieg im Namen Gottes, wenn guy sich mit Sprache und Sinn dieser Texte kritisch auseinandersetzt. Der Tagungsband der 16. Ökumenischen Sommerakademie Kremsmünster 2014 dokumentiert Vorträge mit unterschiedlichem konfessionellen, religiösen und weltanschaulichen Hintergrund. Sie alle beschäftigen sich mit der Thematik religiös motivierter Gewalt aus der Perspektive der Philosophie, der Praktischen Theologie und Religionspädagogik, der Religions-, Bibel- und Islamwissenschaft. Zu Wort kommen auch Repräsentanten der Friedensarbeit im Militär, in christlichen Vereinigungen und in der kirchlichen Pastoral.

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Download Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond by István Keul PDF

By István Keul

The essays during this quantity, written by way of experts operating within the box of tantric reports, try to hint tactics of transformation and move that happened within the heritage of tantra from round the 7th century and as much as the current. the amount gathers contributions on South Asia, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Japan, North the USA, and Western Europe by means of students from numerous educational disciplines, who current ongoing examine and inspire dialogue on major issues within the starting to be box of tantric experiences. as well as the huge geographical and temporal diversity, the chapters of the amount hide a large thematic sector, which include sleek Bengali tantric practitioners, tantric ritual in medieval China, the South Asian cults of the mum goddesses, the best way of Buddhism into Mongolia, and countercultural echoes of up to date tantric stories.

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Download End-Timers: Three Thousand Years of Waiting for Judgment Day by Martin Ballard PDF

By Martin Ballard

End-Timers: 3 Thousand Years of expecting Judgment Day examines the low and high issues of millennial expectation around the centuries. It exhibits how and why such ideals first built in antiquity, and it explores how end-timers prompted occasions as different because the persecutions of Hellenistic ruler Antiochus Epiphanes and Roman Emperor Nero, the Crusades, the cost of North the United States, and the 20th-century debacles at Jonestown and Waco.Suggesting that any one who needs to appreciate the center East this day must penetrate the heritage of recent fundamentalism in the 3 Semitic religions, the writer illuminates the half performed by way of Christian Zionists in selling the go back of the Jews to the "promised land" and the ensuing formation of the nation of Israel, in addition to next fundamentalist reactions inside of either Judaism and Islam. He additionally follows the delivery of the "Christian correct" in 19th-century Britain and its improvement and transforming into effect within the usa. ultimately, the publication examines how non secular end-timers confront the 4 horsemen of the 21st-century apocalypse: global inhabitants raise, depletion of average assets, complicated weaponry, and international warming.

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Download Secular Steeples: Popular Culture and the Religious by Conrad Ostwalt PDF

By Conrad Ostwalt

During this provocative quantity, Conrad Ostwalt contends that secularization has now not and won't break faith, yet really that it shifts the "authority" to precise spiritual beliefs from the normal, institutional church to different cultural entities, reminiscent of govt and media. spiritual associations already use well known secular media like tv, videos, and mass-market song to make teachings correct. whilst non secular associations now not dominate tradition, they lose their grip on striving for the Sacred, the writer says, and their messages locate different retailers. hence, modern day secular tradition may possibly actually comprise extra actual spiritual content material than reputable church teachings.

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