People usually choose their faith solely on what is culturally relevant to them, what their family believes or community dictates without considering other options.This book strives to encourage the reader to consider the available choices ...
Author: Tor Constantino
In A Question of Faith author Tor Constantino presents one of the biggest questions in life: What religion is best for me to believe? This book poses that very question in a provocative, multiple-choice approach that includes the six major world religions. The author supplies a summarized distillation of each religion, so that the reader has the introductory grounding of each faith tradition. Constantino then adds a unique and original spin by introducing proven, test-taking tactics to help the reader work through the choices and theology. While the author's conclusions may not appeal to everyone, the book presents a fresh approach regarding this fundamental question. The reality is that most people never take the time to really think for themselves when adopting a religion. People usually choose their faith solely on what is culturally relevant to them, what their family believes or community dictates without considering other options.This book strives to encourage the reader to consider the available choices and then provides a helpful process toward selecting the faith that best fits.A Question of Faith may anger some and be dismissed as too “one-dimensional” by others, but this powerful and impressive little volume is anything but simple. It is quite simply a precise and actionable guide that sheds light and clarity on one of the most tangled problems in people's lives. In a crowded and competitive faith-based marketplace, it is a rare find to discover a book with such precision, power, and unflinching honesty.A Question of Faith is a must read that is sure to please anyone considering their own faith choices, but also anyone looking to grow, deepen, or shore-up their current understanding of religion.
Easy, enlightening and mind-stretching, here are answers to the 20 biggest questions of religion and its attempts to give meaning to our world.
Author: Mark Vernon
Easy, enlightening and mind-stretching, here are answers to the 20 biggest questions of religion and its attempts to give meaning to our world. The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts address the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers based on the latest research. This ambitious project is a unique distillation of humanity's best ideas. In The Big Questions: God, Mark Vernon answers the 20 key questions:Can reason prove the existence of God? Will science bring the end of religion? Why do people still have religious beliefs? Is religion a mistake of evolution? Can drugs induce religious experiences? Can you be spiritual without being religious? Have you seen a miracle? What is the literal meaning of Scripture? If you're not religious, is nothing sacred? Can an agnostic pray? Is religion inherently violent? What is it like to be a fundamentalist? What is Buddhist enlightenment? Is Confucianism a religion? Is nature divine? Is there a perennial philosophy? Does human suffering rule out God? Can we be good without God? Are we living in the end times? Is there life after death?
This unique book will help Christians clarify their beliefs regarding difficult issues and better face challenges--from within and from others--to their faith.
Author: John Polkinghorne
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
How did the universe begin? Can God's existence be proven? Do humans matter more than animals? For many years people have sent the scientist-turned-priest John Polkinghorne these and other questions about science and belief. In question-and-answer format, Polkinghorne and his collaborator Nicholas Beale offer their highly informed opinions about some of the most frequently asked of these questions. Readers can follow their own paths through the book, selecting questions that interest them and looking at the additional material if they choose. This unique book will help Christians clarify their beliefs regarding difficult issues and better face challenges--from within and from others--to their faith.
When you get tired, the mother picks you up in her arms and walks. When you get stuck, mother rescues. This book deals with 170+ questions that every religion tried to answer but failed. And you would know why they failed.
Author: Sanjeev Newar
Why am I? What to do? What is the Purpose of life? Does God exist? If yes, why did (S)he create me? Which religion is true? Every kid raises these questions in their mind. But slowly, they are silenced by the laws of blasphemy. Because in most religions, asking questions is an insult to God. Customs replace questions. Fear of blasphemy replaces the quest for truth. When you are surrounded with blasphemies and fear, Hinduism comes for the rescue. You may not question your God. But Hindu God invites you to question Her. Talk to Her. Mock Her. And even reject Her. There is no blasphemy. Reject if you don’t get answers. Accept if you like it. In religions, you are slaves of God. In Hinduism, you are a child of God. In religions, you fear hell and do ‘good’ out of fear. In Hinduism, you love Mother God and do good out of love. Hinduism is all about holding Supreme’s hands and talk, love, laugh, question, joke and walk together. When you get tired, the mother picks you up in her arms and walks. When you get stuck, mother rescues. This book deals with 170+ questions that every religion tried to answer but failed. And you would know why they failed. Because it’s not about finding answers, It’s about finding mother’s lap where all questions vanish…
Some of the pressing questions that are addressed by the contributors to this volume are: What is truth? What is theological truth? How does the issue of truth arise from interreligious encounter?
Author: Frederiek Depoortere
In today¿s world, the boundaries within which Christian theologians operate are becoming ever more permeable, and Christian theology is increasingly influenced and challenged by multiple ¿outside¿ factors. In Western Europe, two such factors stand out in particular: the so-called ¿turn to religion¿ in continental philosophy and religious diversity. Theologians working with contemporary continental philosophers and theologians engaging the multireligious world tend to work quite separately from one another. The aim of the present book is therefore to initiate a conversation between these two groups of theologians. The question of truth was chosen because it is both a key issue in contemporary-philosophical debates (in the continental and analytic traditions) and one that arises in complex and problematic ways in the praxis of, and theoretical reflection on, interreligious dialogue. Some of the pressing questions that are addressed by the contributors to this volume are: What is truth? What is theological truth? How does the issue of truth arise from interreligious encounter? To what extent can or should the nature of truth be discussed explicitly during interreligious dialogue? Or should the question of truth be rather postponed in the interest of successful interreligious encounter? Is there a hermeneutical concept of truth and, if so, how can it be of help for theological reflection on the question of truth and on the role and place of truth in the context of dialogue between religions?
This book explores new configurations of local, national and global religious communities through ethnographic studies from two regions, Central Asia and East-Central Europe.
Author: C. M. Hann
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Category: Social Science
Assumptions of increasing secularization have been called into question across the globe but under the socialist variants of modernity traditional forms of religious belief and practice were subject to quite specific forms of repression in favour of 'scientific atheism'. What is the legacy of this socialist experience for the postsocialist era? How is religion mobilized in the public sphere to support assertions of ethnic identity and the building of nations and states? In the private sphere, how does religion help persons to cope with uncertainty and dislocation? What has been the impact of external influences, including pressures to implement religious human rights as well as the missionising efforts of modernist, 'universalizing' faiths, both Christian and Muslim? This book explores new configurations of local, national and global religious communities through ethnographic studies from two regions, Central Asia and East-Central Europe. The main focus is on the consequences of changes in the sphere of religion for generalized civility, which is understood minimally as the acceptance of diverse beliefs and practices in everyday social life.
Is it the case that religion has 'returned' to a world from which it was absent for most of the twentieth century? Or is this primarily a question of ...
Author: Andrew McKinnon
Religion lies near the heart of the classical sociological tradition, yet it no longer occupies the same place within the contemporary sociological enterprise. This relative absence has left sociology under-prepared for thinking about religion’s continuing importance in new issues, movements, and events in the twenty-first century. This book seeks to address this lacunae by offering a variety of theoretical perspectives on the study of religion that bridge the gap between mainstream concerns of sociologists and the sociology of religion. Following an assessment of the current state of the field, the authors develop an emerging critical perspective within the sociology of religion with particular focus on the importance of historical background. Re-assessing the themes of aesthetics, listening and different degrees of spiritual self-discipline, the authors draw on ethnographic studies of religious involvement in Norway and the UK. They highlight the importance of power in the sociology of religion with help from Pierre Bourdieu, Marx and Critical Discourse Analysis. This book points to emerging currents in the field and offers a productive and lively way forward, not just for sociological theory of religion, but for the sociology of religion more generally.
Yet even if we are willing to acknowledge that religious–moral discourses may embody ideal as well as material interests, there remains a question about the ...
Author: Bruce Grelle
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Antonio Gramsci and the Question of Religion provides a new introduction to the thought of Gramsci through the prisms of religious studies and comparative ethics. Bruce Grelle shows that Gramsci’s key ideas – on hegemony, ideology, moral reformation, "traditional" and "organic" intellectuals – were formulated with simultaneous considerations of religion and politics. Identifying Gramsci’s particular brand of Marxism, Grelle offers an overview of Gramsci’s approach to religion and applies it to contemporary debates over the role of religion and morality in social order and social change. This book is ideal for students and scholars interested in Gramsci, religion, and comparative ethics.
A Question of Inheritance is the most important study to date of the deep and enduring cultural and religious differences between North and South Louisiana.
Author: James G. Dauphine
Publisher: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The social dichotomy in Louisiana between Protestantism and Catholicism, already statistically apparent by religious census data in 1890, remained apparent into the twentieth century. By 1936, the date of the United States government's fifth and last religious census, North and South Louisiana had become more firmly differentiated by religious affiliation than in 1890, when the first government religious census was taken. From the beginning of Louisiana's settlement by different ethnic and national populations, religion was the primary social institution that reinforced ethnic, linguistic, economic, and other differences of custom, allowing cultural identities, once formed, to persist even once other cultural boundary-maintaining mechanisms weakened or disappeared. Louisiana's cultural dichotomy perpetuated itself throughout the period of rapid social change between Reconstruction and World War II, largely through the survival of different cultural identities associated with Catholicism and with evangelical Protestantism. During the twentieth century, Catholics and Protestants alike used Louisiana's developing public school system not only to maintain and strengthen their own influence in those geographic areas where they were dominant, but they also used public education to help preserve the cultural boundary between the northern and southern sections of the Pelican State. A Question of Inheritance is the most important study to date of the deep and enduring cultural and religious differences between North and South Louisiana.
By engaging with the core questions and suggesting a pathway through the various answers that have been proposed in recent years, this is an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will help stimulate ideas and discussions.
Author: Gavin D'Costa
Why has the reality of other religions become a big problem for Christianity? In the past, Christianity has been able to largely ignore other religions but in recent decades, not just the reality, but the vitality of other religions has become a challenge. This accessible book tackles a number of questions arising from these changes: is belonging to one religion rather than another merely a matter of cultural preference?; is salvation the same among all religions?; and what can be learned from other religions? Considering wider issues of how modernity has defined “religion,” Gavin D’Costa provides a substantial critique of secular ways of controlling religions, and shows how Christianity is very well suited to deal with religious plurality at the doctrinal and social level. The book makes a decisive contribution to debates about the clash between Islam and the West, arguing that the major threat to religious freedoms come from secularism, and that Islam and Christianity both have the resources to develop a vibrant and pluralist “public square” informed by intellectual debate. By engaging with the core questions and suggesting a pathway through the various answers that have been proposed in recent years, this is an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will help stimulate ideas and discussions.
This book brings together leading scholars to consider how these two questions are entangled historically and in the present day.
Author: Bashir Bashir
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
Nineteenth-century Europe turned the political status of its Jewish communities into the “Jewish Question,” as both Christianity and rising forms of nationalism viewed Jews as the ultimate other. With the onset of Zionism, this “question” migrated to Palestine and intensified under British colonial rule and in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Zionism’s attempt to solve the “Jewish Question” created what came to be known as the “Arab Question,” which concerned the presence and rights of the Arab population in Palestine. For the most part, however, Jewish settlers denied or dismissed the question they created, to the detriment of both Arabs and Jews in Palestine and elsewhere. This book brings together leading scholars to consider how these two questions are entangled historically and in the present day. It offers critical analyses of Arab engagements with the question of Jewish rights alongside Zionist and non-Zionist Jewish considerations of Palestinian identity and political rights. Together, the essays show that the Arab and Jewish questions, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which they have become subsumed, belong to the same thorny history. Despite their major differences, the historical Jewish and Arab questions are about the political rights of oppressed groups and their inclusion within exclusionary political communities—a question that continues to foment tensions in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Shedding new light on the intricate relationships among Orientalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, colonialism, and the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book reveals the inseparability of Arab and Jewish struggles for self-determination and political equality. Contributors include Gil Anidjar, Brian Klug, Amal Ghazal, Ella Shohat, Hakem Al-Rustom, Hillel Cohen, Yuval Evri, Derek Penslar, Jacqueline Rose, Moshe Behar, Maram Masarwi, and the editors, Bashir Bashir and Leila Farsakh.
Marcel's greatest fear , I suspect , and precisely out of religious reverence , was the reduction of God to our concepts . Yet clearly his religious faith ...
Author: Claire Elise Katz
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. His work influencing a wide range of intellectuals such as Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray and Jean-Luc Marion.
It is often made a religious issue , and yet it is a scientific question and religion
here overlaps the field of science . Is the biblical narrative of creation true ? or is
the evolutionary theory of creation true ? Here again questions that are called ...