"Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion Today" brings together ten new essays in which noted sociologists, psychologists, phenomenologists, philosophers, and historians of religion grapple with the questions Durkheim raised and the solutions he proposed for the academic study of religion.
Here is history in a grand manner--an absorbing saga of prophets, priests, and pilgrims, kings and conquerors, the story of a city besieged, defended, conquered, damaged or destroyed, and rebuilt 40 times in 30 centuries--always in the name of God. Illustrations.
Idinopulos (religious studies, Miami U. in Oxford, Ohio) recounts the history of modern Palestine from Napoleon's invasion of the Middle East in 1798 to the founding of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948. It is a story of dramatic confrontation of world empires for possession and profit, the clash o
This volume focuses on the writings of Robert A. Segal and his defense of reductionism and criticism of Mircea Eliade's non-reductive interpretation of religion. Related questions on religion and reductionism are explored by major scholars of religion in major departments of religion in the United States and Canada.
The cross-cultural study of religion has always gone hand in hand with the worldview, sciences, or intellectual frameworks of the time. These frames, whether focused on psychology or politics, gender or colonialism, bring out perspectives for understanding religious behavior. Today one of our common civic worldviews is represented in the shift from scriptural to evolutionary history. This volume brings together in one place key essays by professor emeritus William Paden, showing a progression of steps he has taken in exploring bridgeworks between comparative religion and evolutionary models of religious behavior. One of the leading scholars in religious studies, Paden shows ways that religio...
This volume of essays is devoted to a careful examination of the importance of methodology in the study of primary religious data. The essays focus on the 'Sacred' as an ultimate object of descriptive analysis and critical scrutiny on the part of a select number of North American and European methodologists in the study and teaching of the history of religions and its allied disciplines. The central question to which the contributors respond are these: What is the Sacred? Is it a being or a concept of a being; is it a mental state or an objective reality or something else entirely? Can the Sacred be described as an empirical fact, or as a formal rule for religious inquiry? If the Sacred is a valid category in the study and teaching of religion, then what can be said about the antithesis of the sacred, namely the profane or the secular? This volume probes these questions with great care in order to justify a number of ways the Sacred can be construed as an indispensable notion for the study and teaching of religion.