Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, International Tenth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available- and the first full color textbook of its kind. Featuring the authors' clear and extensive translations of original sources, it brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style.
Looks at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific. This title deals with: the cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; Cold War psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and, the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture.
* Offers an updated edition of this introduction to the anthropology of religion. * Discusses the origin and development of ideas within the discipline, as well as where the subject is going. * Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies.
Religion in Britain evaluates and sheds light on the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain; it explores the country s increasing secularity alongside religion s growing presence in public debate, and the impact of this paradox on Britain s society.
Providing a comprehensive exploration of the teachings and beliefs of the world's living faiths, the third edition of this popular book has been revised and updated to reflect the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century.
This prestigious Companion offers the most comprehensive survey to date of the study of religion. Featuring a team of international contributors, and edited by one of the most widely respected scholars in the field, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion provides an interdisciplinary and authoritative guide to the subject.
Beginning with stories of Earth's creation and its early rulers, the Titans, this book recounts the major episodes and figures of Greek and Roman mythology. It contains sections on the gods of the sky, the sea, the earth and the underworld; the Fates and the Muses; monsters; human heroes; and the "Iliad", the "Odyssey" and the "Aeneid".
Traces the global, national, and local origins of the conflict between Muslims and Jews in France, challenging the belief that rising anti-Semitism in France is rooted solely in the unfolding crisis in Israel and Palestine.
Features the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey home. This title draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic. It deals with the masterful work of literature.
An exploration of 'new' religious movements which have originated since 1950, setting them within their social and cultural context. It analyses the concepts we use to discuss new religions, and surveys a range of different movements which were established in the second half of the 20th century.
The Spirituality Revolution addresses the major social issue of spirituality which requires immediate attention if we are to creatively respond to spiralling outbreaks of depression, suicide, addiction and psychological suffering.
In this book Gay Watson offers an alternative view of emptiness via a tour of early and non-Western philosophy, taking us from Buddhism, Taoism and religious mysticism to the contemporary world of philosophy, science and art practice.
Traces the history of the Jain community from founding sage Mahavira to the present day. This book explores asceticism, worship, the life of the Jain layperson, relations between Jainism and other Indic traditions, the Jain philosophy of relativity, and the implications of Jain ideals for the contemporary world.
Investigating what the atheists mean when they use the words 'atheism' and 'God', this book explores the differences and similarities between 'old' and 'new' atheism, and places atheism of either variety in context by examining the naturalistic worldview that grounds it. It also examines various arguments against God-belief.
It is arguably Confucianism, not Communism, which lies at the core of China's deepest sense of self. This introduction argues rather that Confucianism is profoundly spiritual, and must be treated as such. It offers coverage of the tradition's sometimes neglected metaphysics, and its varied manifestations in education, art, literature and culture.
Almost from the moment, some five centuries ago, that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak, Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity. This book outlines and explains the core Sikh beliefs, and explores the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus in Sikhism's Holy Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The "Mahapuranas" embody the received tradition of Hindu mythology. This anthology contains fresh translations of these myths. It includes chapters such as: "Origins"; "Seers, Kings and Supernaturals"; "Krsna," "Visnu," and "Siva"; and, "The Goddess" that presents stories of the wives and lovers of the gods, as well as of Kali, the battle goddess.
Written by David Leeming, one of the world's most trusted voices on mythology, The Oxford Companion to World Mythology promises to be a lively non-pedantic yet intellectually sound book that will engage the reader and reveal the extraordinary depth and beauty of the world of myth.
This book has a potentially huge market right across the allied health, social care and education professions. Working interprofessionally is the new concept in vogue for effective health and social care provision and right at the top of the agenda in teaching in the related professions.
On November 26, 2010, intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens went head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western world's most openly devout political leaders, on the highly charged topic of religion. This title deals with the question: Is religion a force for good in the world?
The Ramayana is one of the great epics of the ancient world, with versions spanning the cultures, religions and languages of Asia. By drawing on scenes originating in versions such as those from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as the better-known Indian Ramayanas, the author creates a multicultural Ramayana.
Focuses on the 'God-shaped hole' that opened up in the author's life following the death of his best friend. This title offers a look at modern faith that will leave you laughing out loud and examining your own beliefs in equal measure.
Mysticism is one of the most enduring and fascinating aspects of religious life, and one of the most difficult to unpick. This book enables readers to understand the nature of mysticism, and examines in detail the traditional methods used by mystics in seeking an intimate understanding of the spiritual world.
In this new book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view, opposing the arguments given by renowned authors of books on atheism, such as Richard Dawkins. Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground by questioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself.
Part of the Nursing and Health Care Practice series, this book provides pre-registration nursing and health care students with all the tools required to fully understand and develop skills for reflective practice, with the goal of becoming a successful reflective practitioner. It also includes a wide number of examples and illustrations.
A wave of modern atheists have taken center stage and brought the long-standing debate about the existence of God back into the headlines. The author shows how his commitment to following the argument wherever it leads resulted, to his own astonishment, in his conversion to belief in a creator God.
Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, the author shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
Is humanity on the brink of destroying itself? This book intends to disprove the link between religion and bloodshed. It deals with ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.
Critical reflection is an essential skill for all health practitioners, and the new edition of this market leading title (previously called 'Critical Reflection for Nursing') provides the knowledge that underpins its development. This thoroughly revised text has been expanded to address international dimensions and interprofessionalism.
Communitas is inspired fellowship; a group's pleasure in sharing common experiences; being 'in the zone' - as in music, sport, and work; the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning. The experience of Communitas, almost beyond strict definition and with almost endless variations, often appears unexpectedly.