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Studying religion : an introduction through cases

Author: Gary E Kessler
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Through the use of thought-provoking case studies, summaries, and review questions, this introductory level text shows students how to engage in the "academic" study of religion, and helps  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary E Kessler
ISBN: 0072986190 9780072986198
OCLC Number: 122352296
Description: 1xv, 345, [35] pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface PART I: Preliminaries Chapter 1: Thinking about Being a Student of Religion 1.1 Insider's and Outsider's Perspectives 1.2 Qualities Worth Having 1.2.1 Openness 1.2.2 Honesty 1.2.3 Critical Intelligence 1.2.4 Careful Observing, Reading, and Listening 1.2.5 Critical Tolerance 1.3 Why Study Religion? 1.4 Plan of the Book 1.5 Summary Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 2: On Defining and Studying Religion 2.1 Marks of a Good Definition 2.1.1 Usefulness 2.1.2 Precision 2.1.3 Freedom from Bias 2.2 Two Definitions 2.3 Superstition, Magic, and Religion 2.4 Toward a Working Definition of Religion 2.5 A Simple Map of the Field 2.6 Goals and Methods 2.6.1 Description 2.6.2 Interpretation 2.6.3 Explanation 2.6.4 Evaluation 2.7 Fieldwork 2.8 A Controversy 2.9 Review Questions Explorations Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources PART II: Liminaries Chapter 3: Sacred Power 3.1 Two Case Studies 3.1.1 Dao (Tao) 3.1.2 Anselm on God 3.2 Comparison 3.3 Forms of Sacred Power 3.3.1 Spirits, Ancestors, and Totems 3.3.2 Goddesses and Gods 3.3.3 Monotheism and Deism 3.3.4 Dualism Divine 3.3.5 Pantheism and Monism 3.4 Agnosticism and Atheism 3.5 Review Questions 3.6 Research Case: Ganesha Questions on the Case of Ganesha Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 4: Myth as Sacred Story 4.1 Two Case Studies 4.1.1 Enuma elish 4.1.2 Moses 4.2 Comparison 4.3 Types and Functions 4.4 Theories of Myth 4.5 Myth and Science 4.6 Review Questions 4.7 Research Case: The Primal Man Questions on the Case of the Primal Man Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 5: Ritual as Sacred Action 5.1 Two Case Studies 5.1.1 Akitu Festival 5.1.2 Her Alone They Sing Over (Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan) 5.2 Comparison 5.3 Types and Functions 5.4 Sacrifice 5.5 Magic, Performatives, and Ritual 5.6 Myth and Ritual 5.7 Review Questions 5.8 Research Case: Seder Questions on the Case of the Seder Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 6: Sacred Space and Time 6.1 Two Case Studies 6.1.1 Mount Kilimanjaro 6.1.2 The Dreamtime 6.2 Comparison 6.3 Features of Sacred Space and Time 6.4 Religion and Art 6.4.1 Architecture 6.4.2 Music 6.5 Review Questions 6.6 Research Case: The Cathedral of St. Andrew Questions on the Case of the Cathedral of St. Andrew Suggestions for Further Reading Internet Resources Chapter 7: Experiencing the Sacred 7.1 Two Case Studies 7.1.1 Muhammad 7.1.2 The Buddha 7.2 Comparison 7.3 Debates about the Nature of Religious Experiences 7.4 Shamanic Ecstasy 7.5 Mystical Techniques and States 7.5.1 Typologies of Mystical Experiences 7.5.2 Mystical Experience: Pure or Culturally Conditi
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