Martyrdom has a long history; as long as individuals have been dying for their faith or cause, others have been telling and more importantly, interpreting their stories. This book aims to illuminate the way these conflict stories have been told and function (principally, though not exclusively) within Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities.
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.
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.
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.
Arguments concerning the existence and nature of God have been a staple of western philosophy for over 2,000 years. This title offers a historical overview of this field. It also includes essays that introduce and explore the contributions of those philosophers who have shaped the subject and the central issues and arguments therein.
Suitable for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time, this title sets traditional arguments such as the problem of evil or the concept of God within the contexts of contemporary debates. It also covers the modern debates such as those on reformed epistemology, theological non-realism and foundationalism.
What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? Containing contributions from distinguished scholars from disciplines, such as: philosophy, political theory, anthropology, classics, and religious studies, this book seeks to address this question.
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.
Practical Theology and Qualitative Research examines methodologies of the social sciences and questions how they can enable the task of theological reflection. Practical theology is a growing discipline in its own right, and the authors offer the latest thinking in this area; of how to use theological learning in practical situations.
* Explores religion both as a social phenomenon and as a form of inner experience. * Explains why people believe what they do. * Looks at the effects of religious and spiritual belief upon behaviour, and upon physical and psychological health.
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.
Arguments between those who hold religious beliefs and those who do not are at fever pitch. This collection is one of the first books to move beyond this deadlock. Specially commissioned chapters address major areas that cut across the debate between the two sides. A key feature of the collection is a dialogue between Raymond Tallis and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.
Jeffrey Haynes adopts a chronological and conceptual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and development in the developing world, focusing on key themes including environmental sustainability, health and education.
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.
From the debates about faith schools to the polemics of Richard Dawkins, Religion is an important debated part of modern life in the twenty first century. This title offers an introduction to religion and contemporary culture. It includes discussions of the psychology of religion, and globalisation and multiculturalism.
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.
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.
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.