The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Author: Peter Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199279799
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Philosophy

An expert team of international scholars provide fifty-one essays as entry points into the sociological study and understanding of religion and in-depth surveys into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. Issues discussed range from ecology to law, art to cognitive science, crime to health care.

The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Author: Chad V. Meister
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195340132
Release Date: 2010-12-23
Genre: Religion

This substantial volume of thirty-three original chapters covers the full range of issues in religious diversity. An indispensable guide for scholars and students, its essays make novel contributions and are crafted by recognized experts who represent a wide variety of religious and philosophical perspectives and backgrounds.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Author: Michael Jerryson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190270094
Release Date: 2015-11-01
Genre: Violence

Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world. The forty original essays in this volume include overviews of major religious traditions, showing how violence is justified within the literary and theological foundations of the tradition, how it is used symbolically and in ritual practice, and how social acts of violence and warfare have been justified by religious ideas. The essays also examine patterns and themes relating to religious violence, such as sacrifice and martyrdom, which are explored in cross-disciplinary or regional analyses; and offer major analytic approaches, from literary to social scientific studies. The contributors to this volume--innovative thinkers who are forging new directions in theory and analysis related to religion and violence--provide novel insights into this important field of studies. By mapping out the whole field of religion and violence, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence will prove an authoritative source for students and scholars for years to come.

The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Author: Inga B. Tollefsen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190466176
Release Date: 2016-04-25
Genre: Cults

The study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) is one of the fastest-growing areas of religious studies, and since the release of the first edition of The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements in 2003, the field has continued to expand and break new ground. In this all-new volume, James R. Lewis and Inga B. Tøllefsen bring together established and rising scholars to address an expanded range of topics, covering traditional religious studies topics such as "scripture," "charisma," and "ritual," while also applying new theoretical approaches to NRM topics. Other chapters cover understudied topics in the field, such as the developmental patterns of NRMs and subcultural considerations in the study of NRMs. The first part of this book examines NRMs from a social-scientific perspective, particularly that of sociology. In the second section, the primary factors that have put the study of NRMs on the map, controversy and conflict, are considered. The third section investigates common themes within the field of NRMs, while the fourth examines the approaches that religious studies researchers have taken to NRMs. As NRM Studies has grown, subfields such as Esotericism, New Age Studies, and neo-Pagan Studies have grown as distinct and individual areas of study, and the final section of the book investigates these emergent fields.

The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

Author: Catherine Wessinger
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195301052
Release Date: 2011-11-17
Genre: History

Although many religions feature a belief in personal salvation, millennial faiths are characterized by the expectation that salvation will be accomplished for an entire group by a superhuman agent, with or without human collaboration. The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism offers readers an in-depth look at both the theoretical underpinnings of the study of millennialism and its many manifestations across history and cultures. --from publisher description

The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion

Author: Lewis Ray Rambo
Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)
ISBN: 9780195338522
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Religion

This handbook offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of religious conversion, which for centuries has profoundly shaped societies, cultures, and individuals throughout the world.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Author: Thomas P. Flint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199289202
Release Date: 2009-02-26
Genre: Philosophy

Philosophical theology aims at achieving a theoretical understanding of the nature and attributes of God and of God's relationship to the world and its inhabitants. Contains twenty-six new essays in five sections: Theological Prolegomena, Divine Attributes, God and Creation, Topics in Christian Philosophy, and Non-Christian Philosophical Theology.

The Oxford Handbook of European Islam

Author: Jocelyne Cesari
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199607976
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Religion

The Oxford Handbook of European Islam is the first comprehensive approach to the multiple ways Islam has been studied across European countries. It is not a compilation of country profiles but rather a unique analytical review of the state of knowledge about Islam and Muslim in different European countries, as well as on thematic issues such as Hijab, Sharia, or Islamophobia. For this reason, it will remain relevant beyond the continuous flow of eventsthat rapidly make obsolete other sorts of compilation. It is also the first time, that Western and Eastern Europe are systematically analyzed together in one volume on the question of Islam, bringing to light similarities and also differences in the status of Muslims in these different parts of Europe.

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Author: Martin Goodman
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199280320
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Religion

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies reflects the current state of scholarship in the field as analyzed by an international team of experts in the different and varied areas represented within contemporary Jewish Studies. Unlike recent attempts to encapsulate the current state of Jewish Studies, the Oxford Handbook is more than a mere compendium of agreed facts; rather, it is an exhaustive survey of current interests and directions in the field.

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Author: Stephen Bullivant
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199644650
Release Date: 2013-11
Genre: Philosophy

This handbook is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism - understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods' - in its historical and contemporary expressions. It probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives and in a range of global contexts.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Author: Diane Winston
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195395068
Release Date: 2012-09-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Whether the issue is the rise of religiously inspired terrorism, the importance of faith based NGOs in global relief and development, or campaigning for evangelical voters in the U.S., religion proliferates in our newspapers and magazines, on our radios and televisions, on our computer screens and, increasingly, our mobile devices. Americans who assumed society was becoming more and more secular have been surprised by religions' rising visibility and central role in current events. Yet this is hardly new: the history of American journalism has deep religious roots, and religion has long been part of the news mix. Providing a wide-ranging examination of how religion interacts with the news by applying the insights of history, sociology, and cultural studies to an analysis of media, faith, and the points at which they meet, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media is the go-to volume for both secular and religious journalists and journalism educators, scholars in media studies, journalism studies, religious studies, and American studies. Divided into five sections, this handbook explores the historical relationship between religion and journalism in the USA, how religion is covered in different media, how different religions are reported on, the main narratives of religion coverage, and the religious press.

The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

Author: Stephen W. Angell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199608676
Release Date: 2013-09-26
Genre: Religion

This handbook provides an in-depth survey of historical readings of Quakerism; a treatment of its key theological premises and its links with wider Christian thinking; an analysis of its distinctive ecclesiastical forms and practices; chapters on its social, economic, political, and ethical outcomes; as well as an extensive bibliography.

The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

Author: Pashaura Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199699308
Release Date: 2014-03
Genre: Religion

This handbook innovatively combines the ways in which scholars diverse fields (including philosophy, psychology, literary studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics) have integrated the study of Sikhism within critical and postcolonial perspectives on the nature of religion.

The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Author: J. W. Rogerson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0199237778
Release Date: 2008-02-28
Genre: Religion

This authoritative survey of original research in Biblical Studies will be invaluable to scholars and students, who need to command linguistic, historical, literary, and philosophical skills. Forty-five original contributions by leading figures in the discipline review and analyse current thinking and examine the progress and direction of debates.