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The promise of salvation : a theory of religion

Author: Martin Riesebrodt
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
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Instead of propounding abstract theories, Riesebrodt concentrates on the concrete realities of worship, examining religious holidays, conversion stories, prophetic visions, and life-cycle events. In analyzing these practices, his scope is appropriately broad, taking into consideration traditions in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto. Ultimately, Riesebrodt argues, all religions promise to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Riesebrodt
ISBN: 9780226713915 0226713911
OCLC Number: 262429476
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xiv, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Religion as discourse: on the critique of the concept of religion --
Modern religious discourses --
The indispensability of the concept of religion --
On discourse-theory criticism --
On postcolonial criticism --
On the necessity of analytical concepts --
From language to social reference --
Religion as social reference: on justifying the concept of religion --
Demarcation --
Superimposition --
Assimilation --
The politics of religion --
Travelers' reports --
Conclusions --
Scholarly imaginations of religion --
Religion as a divine gift of reason --
Religion as an experience of revelation --
Religion as projection --
Religion as protoscience --
Religion as affect --
Religion as a function of the brain --
Religion as sacralized society --
Religion as an interest in salvation --
Religion as a commodity --
Outlook --
Religious practice and the promise of salvation: outline of a theory of religion --
Defining religion --
Understanding religion --
Explaining religion --
Averting misfortune: general religious practices --
Religious calendars --
Life-cycle practices --
Variable practices --
The radical quest for salvation: the practices of religious virtuosos --
On the concept of virtuosity --
Shamans --
Christians --
Jews --
Muslims --
Buddhists --
Japanese virtuosos --
Daoists --
On the logic of virtuoso practices --
Turning toward salvation: religious propaganda --
Conversion and propaganda --
Conversion narratives --
Reports of enlightenment --
Prophetic promises --
The future of religion --
On the universality of religion --
Secularization, disenchantment, and deinstitutionalization --
The return and the future of religion.
Other Titles: Cultus und Heilsversprechen.
Responsibility: Martin Riesebrodt ; translated by Steven Rendall.

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Why has religion persisted across the course of human history? Secularists have predicted the end of faith for a long time, but religions continue to attract followers. This title focuses on the  Read more...

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