Drawing on political philosophy and theology, theory and practice, this essay collection tackles the complex questions arising from the interface of religion and public life. Includes critical analyses of theorists Rawls, Stout and Habermas, and discussion of key issues such as religious education and human rights.
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".
Argues that Christian understanding of salvation is not about a future in heaven but a way of life that shapes the present. This book also argues that such ways of thinking about salvation must be given greater prominence when thinking about inter-faith questions.
Thinking critically about Christianity today means taking the sceptics seriously. Following the tradition of authors of the last century, Robert Reiss engages sympathetically with people's religious doubt, resulting in a thought provoking book about what it means, practically, to be Christian today.
Science and Religion assesses the impact of social, political and intellectual change upon Anglican circles, with reference to Oxford University in the decades following the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars.
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.
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.
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.