Ghosts: A Haunted History is a broad-ranging, clear-eyed survey of the ghost. Lisa Morton covers the early history of ghosts in folklore, literature and history as well as modern examples such as Ghost Hunters and The Conjuring.
What does belief in God amount to? Can we reasonably believe in God's existence without argument or evidence? Can God's existence be proved? Can we believe in miracles? Is there life after death? In this book, Brian Davies provides a critical examination of some fundamental questions posed by religious belief.
The author's knowledge of East-Indian philosophy and spirituality is used in this elaboration of Steven Pressfield's novel "The Legend of Bagger Vance" in which Pressfied restructured the 700 verse "Bhagavad-Gita" (a spiritual poem containing universal truths), in terms of a golf novel.
This is a translation of the work of the great English mystic, Julian, who lived most of her life in a hermit's cell where she perceived the psychological dimension of spirituality. Her powerful images continue to inspire seekers in our time.
The story of the Holy Land, encompassing the three millennia that saw the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar and is highly illustrated with paintings, photographs, and ancient texts.
Focusing on everyday rituals, this book includes essays that look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African-descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms.
Witchcraft: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the scholarly study of witchcraft. It explores the phenomenon of witchcraft from its earliest definitions in the Middle Ages through to the modern day, and uses case studies to analyse the roles of culture, religion, gender, social hierarchy, governance and more in witchcraft throughout history.
Atheism: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the belief in the non-existence of deities.The book considers key arguments around atheism, making this an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a full introduction to the arguments between those who hold religious beliefs and those who do not.
Thoroughly updated throughout, this second edition explores religious traditions from around the world and provides insights from across the sciences, making this book essential reading for all those wishing to come to their own understanding of some of the most important debates of our day.
Gives material on a wide range of traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Insights are provided into new religious movements, Afro-Caribbean religious groups, and the diffuse beliefs and practices of the silent majority who are not committed to institutional religion.
The field of `science and religion' is exploding in popularity among both academics and the reading public. This is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the debate, written by the leading experts yet accessible to the general reader.
This collection of essays by historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics.
Religion appears to be about God, messiahs, churchgoing, and morality, but that is only the appearance. It is really about lust, rage, grief, love and the other core emotions. Why We Need Religion is about the way religion successfully manages human emotions, for the good of the individual and the group.
Bridging the subject fields of psychology and religion, this volume interweaves theories with first-hand accounts, clinical insight, and empirical research to look at such questions as whether religion is a help or a hindrance in times
In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Durkheim investigated the enduring source of human social identity and fellowship by studying the simplest form of documented religion, totemism among the Aborigines of Australia. His book about the origin and nature of religion and society continues to enthrall sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, philosophers, and theologians.
'The Seat of the Soul changed the way I see myself. Selling over three million copies worldwide, this iconic book will show you how to become the authority in your own life, changing the way you see the world.
The Seat of the Soul is the ultimate guide to a life of purpose and fulfilment.
Presents religions as contemporary ways of life that motivate and inspire people. Because religious people refer to sacred texts, honour the founders of their religions, learn from elders, or mould their lives according to authoritative teachings, this work explains the relationship between tradition and contemporary practice.
This valuable book is the first to bring together theory and policy with analysis of key areas of the public realm to explore what religious literacy is, why it is needed and what might be done about it. It is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in the continuing presence of religion and belief in the public sphere.
This book presents a crisis of religion and belief literacy to which education at every level is challenged to respond. It provides a clear pathway for engaging well with religion and belief diversity in public and shared settings.
With growing diversity of religion and belief in every sector comes the potential for new dialogues across previously impermeable policy and disciplinary silos. This volume critically challenges policy makers to re-imagine religion and belief as an integral part of public life that contains resources, practices, forms of knowledge and experience.
The world's religions have emerged as one of the great geopolitical forces shaping our lives. This title explores the impact of major world religions, their divisions and contemporary challenges. It shows, country by country, how religions spread their influence through broadcasting, missionary work, education and banking.
The Blackwell Guide to Theology of Popular Culture outlines various general theories of popular culture, identifies theologians and theological concepts that are conducive to analyzing popular culture, and explores religious themes that are asserting themselves through popular movies, novels, music, television shows and advertising.
Intends to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the subject of religion and film is developing for more experienced scholars. This companion considers films as diverse as "The Passion of the Christ", "The Matrix", "Star Wars" and "Groundhog Day".
Offers an upper-level introduction to Political Theology. This title explores several of the central issues addressed in political theologies. It helps theological students to approach courses and readings in political theology with renewed confidence.
Explores the causes of evil in myth, encompassing themes such as defilement, the figure of the trickster, evil people both within and outside the society, and traumatic initiations. This title also looks at 'cures' for evil: laughter, sacrifice, the flood, the hero's quest, initiation, the saviour, divine wisdom and the end of days.
Sects & Stats aims to overturn the conventional wisdom by drawing on current quantitative data from two sources: questionnaire research on select NRMs and relevant national census data collected by Anglophone countries. Sects & Stats also makes a strong argument for the use of longitudinal methods in studying alternative religions.
Drawing on a wide range of material - ranging from the spiritual character of the world religions to the findings of contemporary neuroscience - this title argues that compassion is hardwired into our brains, yet is constantly pushed back by our more primitive instincts for selfishness and survival.
Europe is a relatively secular part of the world in global terms. Why is this so? And why is the situation in Europe so different from that in the United States? This book considers these questions. It explores the nature of Eurosecularity (variations on the theme) - paying attention to its historical, philosophical and institutional dimensions.