Religions in Practice

Author: John R. Bowen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317344476
Release Date: 2015-08-07
Genre: Social Science

Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

Religions in Practice

Author: John Richard Bowen
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 0205418147
Release Date: 2004-06
Genre: Religion

This widely used textbook offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices, such as prayer, sacrifice, pilgrimage, and dress, as well as investigates major issues of gender, nation-states, and laws with respect to religion. Highlights of the Third Edition Chapter 1, "Studying Religion through Practice" brings the entire volume up to date by relating the approach taken in the text to post-9/11 concerns. A new Chapter 2, "Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religion," considers the role of social theory in shaping the study of religion through an examination of the contemporary importance of work by Tylor, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Freud, and more recent theorists. Chapters 3 and 4 from the Second Edition have been combined into a single chapter--Chapter 4, "Rituals and the Shaping of Emotions." Chapter 6, "Patterns, Powers, and the Self" includes new sections on sports magic and new religions in the United States including Wicca or modern witchcraft. An entirely new Chapter 14, "Religion, Violence, and War," examines the role that religious beliefs and organizations play in promoting violence and war. Don't Miss These Special Value Package Options Research Navigator(TM) "Research Navigator(TM)" can be a student's best friend when they're facing a large research project. Especially helpful with the toughest challenge--getting started--"Research Navigator(TM)" offers a comprehensive, step-by-step walk-through of the research process, along with access to some of the most respected source databases available. Access to "Research Navigator(TM)"--a $15 value--is FREE when packagedwith a new Allyn & Bacon Anthropology textbook! If this text did not come packaged with "Research Navigator(TM)," look for it in your bookstore or visit http: //www.researchnavigator.com today to purchase immediate access. Themes of the Times for Cultural Anthropology This collection of recent articles from "The New York Times" will give you insight into current issues and debates, highlight interesting research, and show some of the practical applications of studying anthropology. Available FREE when packaged with a new Allyn & Bacon Anthropology textbook! Contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative and request special packaging codes to take advantage of these great offers.

On Knowing Humanity

Author: Eloise Meneses
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315315317
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Genre:

The development of a phenomenological approach to religion and the rise of perspectivism are challenging anthropology's exclusive rootedness in the ontology of secularism. When considered with the increased interest in the anthropology of religion as an area of study, it is clear that there is a growing need for non-reductionist representations of Christian thought and experience in ethnography. This volume is intended as a critique of anthropology's epistemological and ontological assumptions and a demonstration of the value added by an expanded set of parameters for the field. The book's core argument is that while ethnographers have allowed their own perspectives to be positively influenced by the perspectives of their informants, until recently anthropology has done little in the way of adopting these other viewpoints as critical tools for analysis precisely because it has represented those viewpoints from a limited epistemological perspective. With chapters organized around topics in epistemology and ontology written by scholars of anthropology, theology and history, and an afterword by Joel Robbins, the book is essential reading for scholars of the anthropology of religion as well as other philosophically-oriented social scientists, theologians and those who are interested in gaining further insight into the human condition.

World Religions in Practice

Author: Paul Gwynne
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118972281
Release Date: 2017-05-30
Genre: Religion

A new and expanded edition of a highly successful textbook on world religions with a comparative approach which explores how six major religions are lived and expressed through their customs, rituals and everyday practices. A new edition of this major textbook, exploring the world's great religions through their customs, rituals and everyday practices by focusing on the 'lived experience' This comparative study is enriched and broadened with the inclusion of a sixth religion, Daoism Takes a thematic, comparative and practical approach; each chapter explores a series of key themes including birth, death, ethics, and worship across all six religions at each time Broadens students' understanding by offering an impartial discussion of the similarities and differences between each religion Includes an increased range of student-friendly features, designed to allow students to engage with each religion and extend their understanding

Tertullian the African

Author: David E. Wilhite
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110194538
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

This work is largely a social history of Tertullian, a Christian from Carthage (c.160 220 CE), and his ancient African context, which is viewed through a postcolonial lens.Theories from the discipline of social/cultural anthropology, e.g. kinship, class and ethnicity, are applied to selections of Tertullian s writings.Some of the issues addressed include identity politics, Roman/African relations, martyrdom and the so-called Montanist heresy. "

Ritual and Belief

Author: David Hicks
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759118577
Release Date: 2010-03-15
Genre: Social Science

Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion is intended to satisfy the needs of students in undergraduate courses in the anthropology of religion and comparative religion. It may be used either as a stand-alone text or as a supplement. This is a text that is more instructor- and student-friendly than any other anthology currently available.

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText

Author: Rebecca L Stein
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317350217
Release Date: 2015-08-07
Genre: Social Science

This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

The Great Awakening and Southern Backcountry Revolutionaries

Author: Richard J. Chacon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319045979
Release Date: 2014-07-08
Genre: Social Science

This work documents the impact that the Great Awakening had on the inhabitants of colonial America’s Southern Backcountry. Special emphasis is placed on how this religious revival furrowed the ground on which the seeds of the American Revolution would sprout. The investigation shows how the Great Awakening can be traced to the Europe’s Age of Enlightenment. This effort also demonstrates how and why this revival spread so rapidly throughout the colonies. Special focus is placed on how the Great Awakening impacted the mindset of colonists of the Southern Backcountry. Most significantly, this research demonstrates how this 18thcentury revival not only cultivated a sense of American national identity, but how it also fostered a colonial mindset against established authority which, in turn, facilitated the success of the American Revolution. Additionally, this investigation will document (from a cross-cultural perspective) how religious revivals have fueled other revolutionary movements around the world. Such analysis will include the Celtic Druid Revolt, the Maji-Maji Rebellion of East Africa along with the Mad Man’s War in Southeast Asia. Lastly, the ethical ramifications of minimizing (or denying) the role that religion played in political and social transformations around the world will be addressed. This final point is of paramount importance given current trend in academia to minimize the role that religion played in spurring revolutions while emphasizing material (i.e. economic) causal factors. This attempt at divorcing religion from history is misguided and unethical because it is not only misleading but it also fails to fully acknowledge the beliefs and values that motivated individuals to take certain actions in the first place.

Understanding Religious Ritual

Author: John P. Hoffmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136889929
Release Date: 2013-03-01
Genre: Religion

Although numerous studies of religious rituals have been conducted by religious studies scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists, it is rare to find a work that brings scholars from different disciplines together to discuss the similarities and differences in their research. This book represents contributions by leading scholars from several disciplines that show the diversity of approaches to religious rituals, while also providing cross-disciplinary perspectives on this topic. The goals of the chapters are to consider where the field currently stands in understanding religious rituals and what novel ideas can improve our knowledge about these practices; and furnish innovative applications of theory by discussing particular examples which are drawn from the authors’ fieldwork. The chapters cover Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic rituals, thus providing a view of how ritual practices vary across the globe, but also how they share some important characteristics.

Sacred Realms

Author: Richard L. Warms
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131785185
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Religion

This comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of religion is designed to give students the tools to understand and analyze religion while considering its important role in world affairs. Intended primarily for beginning courses in comparative religion or anthropology of religion, the anthology includes classic and recent essays by authors from diverse ethnic and national backgrounds. Divided into twelve major topics in faith, religion, and belief, the text concludes with a unique section written by the editors that describes fundamental aspects of five of the world's most influential religions. Each of the book's sections opens with an overview that highlights relevant and critical concepts, providing essential background information for understanding the articles that follow.

Magic witchcraft and religion

Author: Arthur C. Lehmann
Publisher:
ISBN: UVA:X001562186
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

A comparative reader that takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs, both strange and familiar.

Introduction to the Study of Religion

Author: Hillary P. Rodrigues
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134132126
Release Date: 2008-08-20
Genre: Religion

Why do people study religion? How have they studied it in the past? How do we study religion today? Is the academic study of religion the same as religious education? These and many other questions are addressed in this engaging introduction to the discipline of religious studies, written by two experienced university teachers. The authors have crafted this book to familiarize novice students with key concepts and terminology in the study of religion. More advanced students will find a varied array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the field. Topics include: definitions of religion perspectives in the study and teaching of religion how religion began to be studied: traditional perspectives – philosophical and theological how people experience religion: perspectives in the study of religious consciousness and perception – phenomenological and psychological studying religion within communities: Social and cultural perspectives – anthropological, sociological, political and economic judging religion: critical perspectives –feminist approaches, the interaction of popular literature and religion contextual perspectives – historical and comparative. The book encourages students to think critically about the theories and methods presented. Students will find arguments for the strengths and limitations of these approaches, understand connections among religious studies and other intellectual movements, and develop their own ideas of how they might want to go about the study of religion. Summary boxes, a timeline, a glossary and other pedagogic aids help students grasp key concepts, along with a companion website at www.sastor.com.

Why Gods Persist

Author: Robert A. Hinde
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135252793
Release Date: 2009-10-30
Genre: Religion

What is it about religion that appeals to people? Why do religions and religious beliefs persist in the face of increasing secularisation, harsh criticism and even political persecution? Robert Hinde argues that it is not enough simply to criticize religion, we must understand it - not only how it causes so much conflict, but also how it brings comfort to many. Hinde, a distinguished scientist, draws on a wide range of psychological, developmental and evolutionary research to explore this fascinating question. This second edition of Why Gods Persist is designed for everyone interested in the subject, either as a student of psychology and anthropology of religion or as a follower of the current controversies over the value of religious belief.

Religion Politics and Globalization

Author: Galina Lindquist
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857459046
Release Date: 2012-01-15
Genre: Religion

While social scientists, beginning with Weber, envisioned a secularized world, religion today is forthrightly becoming a defining feature of life all around the globe. The complex connections between religion and politics, and the ways in which globalization shapes these processes, are central themes explored in this volume by leading scholars in the field of religion. Does the holism of numerous past and present day cosmologies mean that religions with their holistic orientations are integral to human existence? What happens when political ideologies and projects are framed as transcendental truths and justified by Divine authority? How are individual and collective identities shaped by religious rhetoric, and what are the consequences? Can mass murder, deemed terrorism, be understood as a form of ritual sacrifice, and if so, what are the implications for our sensibilities and practices as scholars and citizens? Using empirical material, from historical analyses of established religions to the everyday strife of marginalized groups such as migrants and dissident movements, this volume deepens the understanding of processes that shape the contemporary world.

Ayahuasca Ritual and Religion in Brazil

Author: Beatriz Caiuby Labate
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134961191
Release Date: 2016-04-08
Genre: Religion

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive drink used for healing and divination among religious groups in the Brazilian Amazon. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' is the first scholarly volume in English to examine the religious rituals and practices surrounding ayahuasca. The use of ayahuasca among religious groups is analysed, alongside Brazilian public policies regarding ayahuasca and the handling of substance dependence. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' will be of interest to scholars of anthropology and religion and all those interested in the role of stimulants in religious practice.