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The importance of religion : meaning and action in our strange world

Author: Gavin D Flood
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work reveals the significance of religion in modern times, showing how it provides people with meaning to their lives and helps guide them in their everyday moral choices. The book provides readers with a new understanding of religion, demonstrating how in its actions, texts and world views religion is enduring and engages with the mystery of the world. It offers arguments about the relationship of religion to
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin D Flood
ISBN: 9781405189729 140518972X 9781405189712 1405189711
OCLC Number: 733228501
Description: xvi, 249 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : religion and the human condition --
Action. Clearing the ground ; The meaning of religious action ; The inner journey --
Speech. The reception of the text ; Tradition, language, and the self ; Religion and rationality --
World. The mystery of complexity and emergence ; The union of nature and imagination ; Religion and politics.
Responsibility: Gavin Flood.
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