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Introducing Religion: Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century, 4th Edition

By Robert S. Ellwood

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 10, 2014

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Places religious studies squarely within the twenty-first century


Introducing Religion, 4/e explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. A broad overview to religious studies as a discipline introduces students to the various subjects of religion. Introducing Religion teaches readers how to think in academic religious studies and its main areas, including: sociology of religion, psychology of religion, history of religion, religion and art, ethics, and more.

 

The fourth edition has been expanded with new chapters exploring topics of contemporary interest: myth, spiritual paths, religion and popular culture, religion in the computer age, religion and war. Contemporary topics engage today’s students, relating the topics to the changing world around them.  

 

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Table of Contents

In This Section:

I)     Brief Table of Contents

II) Detailed Table of Contents

 

 


I) Brief Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1. How to Study Religion           

Chapter 2. History of Religion on Planet Earth                           

Chapter 3.  Myth: Our Lives, and the World's, Are Stories

Chapter 4. Magic Doorways: Symbol, Rite, and Religion          

Chapter 5. Oases of the Mind: The Psychology of Religion      

Chapter 6. Inner Adventure: The Spiritual Path, the Way of Faith

Chapter 7. Why Evil?

Chapter 8. Faith through Form: Religion and Art                       

Chapter 9. Ghost Marriages and Country Music: Popular Religion

Chapter 10. Cyberaltars: Religion in the Computer Age

Chapter 11. Traveling Together: The Sociology of Religion     

Chapter 12. Truth Messages: The Conceptual Expression of Religion        

Chapter 13. Worlds to Come: Religious Eschatology and the Afterlife     

Chapter 14. How Shall We Live? Religion and Ethics                 

Chapter 15. Horror and Glory: Religion Confronting War

 


II) Detailed Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1. How to Study Religion           

Pictures of religion                                                                   

Another reality                                                                        

Definitions of religion                                                               

The forms of religious expression, and a working definition             

The structure of this book

 

Chapter 2. History of Religion on Planet Earth                           

Human religious beginnings                                                        

The religion of early hunters                                                      

Archaic agriculture                                                                   

Ancient empires                                                                      

The Axial Age

The great religions

Five stages in the development of great religions                          

                                                                                           

Chapter 3.  Myth: Our Lives, and the World's, Are Stories

Your story as myth

Stories before writing

Coyote

Kinds of myth and the creation myth

The myth of the hero

The warrior hero

The savior hero

Myth and meaning

 

Chapter 4. Magic Doorways: Symbol, Rite, and Religion          

Signs and symbols                                                                   

Categories of religious symbols                                                  

Audio symbols                                                                        

Myth and doctrine as symbol                                                     

Public and private symbols                                                        

Symbols and meaning                                                              

The orchestration of symbols in rite

Initiation                                                                                

                                                                                                         

Chapter 5. Oases of the Mind: The Psychology of Religion      

Mental shifts                                                                           

Subuniverses                                                                          

Development and change                                                          

Awareness of self                                                                   

Religious states of consciousness                                                

Psychological interpretations of religion                                        

Religious development

 

Chapter 6. Inner Adventure: The Spiritual Path, the Way of Faith

Ways to go

The way of realization

Insight

Faith and monks who hated God

The meeting of the twain

 

Chapter 7. Why Evil?

What exactly is evil?

Myths of the origin of evil

Evil myth, evil ritual, evil initiation: Can religion create evil?

Why do bad things happen?  Religious thought and evil

 

Chapter 8. Faith through Form: Religion and Art                       

Stained-glass windows                                                              

Painting                                                                                 

Sculpture                                                                               

Architecture                                                                           

Music 

Poetry

Drama

Novels and stories

        

Chapter 9. Ghost Marriages and Country Music: Popular Religion

Two kinds of religion

Popular expressions of mainstream religion

The devil's share

Global Christianity

Theories of popular religion

Camouflages of the sacred

Are they religion?

 

Chapter 10. Cyberaltars: Religion in the Computer Age

The way we live now

Levels and life

Information please

Alone together: Religious talk online

Gamesmanship

Gateways to wonder

Cyber apocalyptic

 

Chapter 11. Traveling Together: The Sociology of Religion     

All religion is social                                                                   

Religious groups                                                                      

Great and little traditions                                                           

Established religion                                                                  

Emergent religion                                                                    

The transformation of society by religion                                     

Religion and the interpretation of history                                      

 

Chapter 12. Truth Messages: The Conceptual Expression of Religion        

What is said and how it is said

God

Creation       

The path to salvation                                                                

Determining truth in religion                                                      

Are religious beliefs irrefutable?

 

Chapter 13. Worlds to Come: Religious Eschatology and the Afterlife

On the one hand, on the other. . .

How important is it?

Now or later

Islamic end-time

Christian judgment

One death or many: Heaven and hell versus reincarnation

Eternal recurrence

What kind of heaven?

Near-death experiences

        

Chapter 14. How Shall We Live? Religion and Ethics                 

Taking it to the streets                                                              

Ethics and morality                                                                  

Down from on high                                                                 1

Kinds of ethical thought                                                            

Law and love                                                                          

Similarities and differences in religious ethical traditions                  

Contemporary issues in religious ethics                                           

The abortion controversy                                                          

The role of women in religion                                                     

Religion and Ecology

 

Chapter 15. Horror and Glory: Religion Confronting War

Introducing war

The feel of war

Just war theory

To the right and left of just war

A remarkable discovery

Protection and more than protection

Living the dream

The joy of battle

Terrorism

Mythic Time and Ourselves Again

The horror of war

War and moral meaning

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