Approaches to the Study of Religion

Author: Peter Connolly

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144117849X

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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It has been argued that religious studies is a polymethodic discipline, and that the student of religion should be familiar with the approaches of the major disciplines concerned with understanding the nature of religion, not least because the approach adopted has profound influence on the phenomena chose for investigation and the conclusions reached.This book is the first textbook, specifically designed for undergraduate students, that provides the essential background on methods of the major relevant disciplines.Presenting each of the significant approaches to religion in an informed manner, the book brings together experienced researchers from feminism, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. It presents a consistent approach throughout, with each chapter dealing with the same themes: the historical development of the approach, the characteristics of the approach, and the surrounding issues and debates.

Challenging Religion

Author: James A. Beckford,James T. Richardson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134392044

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 4939


Leading scholars examine the growth of new religious movements or cults in the US and Europe over the last 50 years and state attempts to monitor and control them, debating the political, practical and ethical issues which arise.


Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

Author: Murphy Pizza

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131708439X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

View: 758


Paganistan - a moniker adapted by the Twin Cities Contemporary Pagan community - is the title of a history and ethnography of a regionally unique, urban, and vibrant community in Minnesota. The story of the community traces the formation of some of the earliest organizations and churches in the US, the influence of publication houses and bookstores, the marketplace, and the local University, on the growth and sustenance of a distinct Pagan community identity, as well as discussions of the patterns of diversifying and cohesion that occur as a result of societal pressure, politics, and generational growth within it. As the first ever study of this long-lived community, this book sets out to document Paganistan as another aspect of the increasing prevalence of Paganism in the US and contributes to the discussion of the formation of new American religious communities. Revealing how canonical theories about community formation in anthropology do not always fit comfortably nor accurately describe how a vibrant Pagan community creates and sustains itself, this book will be of interest to scholars of religion and new religious movements worldwide, and offers a valuable contribution to discussions within both urban anthropology and sociology.

New Religious Movements in Europe

Author: Johannes Aagaard,Helle Meldgaard

Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag


Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 8343


This volume surveys the religious and spiritual movements growing in popularity in Western Europe. They include theosophy, transcendental meditation, the Rosicrucians, Mormonism, the occult (including Satanism and Wicca), Jehovah's Witnesses, the Unification Church, Scientology, the Hare Krishna and the Baha'i. Stimulated by travel, mass media and education, individuals have spent the 20th century questioning organised religion and, as the end of the millennium approaches, many are turning to spirituality rooted in ancient practice, but modernised by secular experience. The book opens with analyses of how receptive Europeans are, and have been, to peripheral beliefs, including astrology and reincarnation. Today, nearly one-third of all religious bodies in Europe are based on metaphysical or esoteric tenets or derived from Asian beliefs. Individual chapters then discuss new religious movements in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany (east and west), Austria and Denmark and the Nordic/Scandinavian countries, as well as the Catholic Church's relationship to new religions.

Through the Global Lens

An Introduction to the Social Sciences

Author: Michael J. Strada

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780130979506

Category: Social Science

Page: 486

View: 6671


Make your studies interactive with "Through the Global Lens: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, Second Edition." Companion Website(TM) -- In tandem with the text, students can now take full advantage of the Internet to enrich their study of the social sciences. Features of the Website include chapter objectives, study questions, links to "The New York Times" and the "USA Today Census 2000" in addition to other links on the Web that can reinforce and enhance the content of each chapter. Use of the site is free to all students and faculty. Simply visit the Website at http: // A Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online Resources (available for Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, or Psychology) These guides provide a brief introduction to navigating the Internet, along with references related specifically to each discipline. Also included with each guide is access to ContentSelect(TM). Developed by Prentice Hall and EBSCO, the world leader in online journal subscription management, ContentSelect(TM) is a customized research database for students of sociology. Your choice of one of these guides is free to students when packaged with "Through the Global Lens, Second Edition."