Subject Area: Religion - Comparative Studies
This work presents an initial conversation regarding how I√Īupiaq culture affected or worked with the introduction of the Protestant faith. This fresh perspective provides a compelling metaphorical view of the process, not just as an assimilation of the other‚Äôs spiritual belief system, but views it as a ‚ÄúGift exchange‚ÄĚ between equally competent and equally important actors in an historically significant religious interaction.1992 0-7734-9580-0
These essays include observations on the role of comparative study, the status of Scriptures, Hindu attitudes toward the present world, a Baptist-Buddhist encounter, sacred sound, selflessness in the pattern of salvation, and others. They are not only of academic interest but prepare the ground for a deeper understanding of topics which are highly relevant in a prologomena to a dialogue of religion.1991 0-7734-9648-3
Seminar papers from NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers devoted to the subject of The Bible in the Light of Cuneiform Literature.1996 0-7734-9419-7
This unique work examines the concept of transmigration from the viewpoints of the major religions. While some pieces may have appeared in different texts, this is the first to include them all under one cover. Each chapter is authored by an acknowledged scholar in his field, written in non-technical terminology. As a result, the work will appeal to a wide audience of laypersons and professionals alike. This work is useful for graduate and undergraduate students in religious studies, philosophy, and interdisciplinary courses such as Death and Dying, and Afterlife Traditions.2015 1-4955-0360-7
This excellent book is very well written, thoroughly researched and full of insight, Readers will find much new light shed on the conundrum of ‚Äėdrinking Jesus‚Äô blood‚Äô, on John 6 as a passage, and on Johannine theology in general.2011 0-7734-1568-8
This work applies many different approaches to the analysis of sacred texts. The articles contained in this collection are influenced by structuralism, phenomenology, the study of self-referentiality and Zen. In many cases, Eastern thought is applied to Western texts, and vice versa.2012 0-7734-2923-9
The book addresses the ways the myth of Korah is depicted in three faith traditions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Dialogue between religions always existed. Unfortunately, many times this dialogue was hateful if not bloody. All those who claimed God had spoken to them allowed themselves to kill in his name too. This book categorizes the history of how God revealed himself to people in these religions. The story of Korah‚Äôs rebellion against Moses is documented in the Torah. It is narrated in Numbers 16:1-40. Korah‚Äôs rebellion resisted Moses‚Äôs leadership, and concluded in his people being swallowed by the earth along with many of their households. The children were salvaged and did not die. However, this story serves as a metaphor for resisting the will of God.
The authors central argument is that the story of Korah has been invoked in various religious traditions that appeal to the Bible to highlight the authority of dominant institutions that face criticism. The volume‚Äôs comparative attention is given to how the story is depicted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as the paradigmatic rebellion.2003 0-7734-6769-6
These essays examine the extent of religious influence on governmental and public policies, covering recent issues and many countries. The authors are highly-recognized scholars in religious, historical and political science disciplines.1997 0-7734-2251-X
This is a case study of contemporary monasticism in cross-cultural perspective with particular reference to one Korean Son monastery in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and one Cistercian monastery in the Roman Catholic tradition in North America. Korea has preserved one of the oldest and richest Buddhist traditions in Asia, and Korean Son monasticism has remained most faithful to what may be considered closest to the traditional form of Buddhist monastic life, and offers an alternative practice to the usual Western portrayals of Ch'an/Zen Buddhism. Compares historical backgrounds; motivational dispositions; and structures of monastic life. A final part is an appraisal of contemporary monastic ideal and trends in its development.2012 0-7734-2606-X
This book elucidates the conceptual or theoretical issues in religious studies by means of utilizing the tools of philosophical analysis. The academic discipline of religious studies is rich in conceptual systems that derive from ethnography, history, psychology, sociology and media studies. In line with other fields of research in cultural studies, religious studies adopt various theoretical resources in eclectic ways, and by the same token, imports various numerous conceptual issues from these adjacent fields. In addition to the rich conceptual systems within religious studies, the discipline investigates conceptual systems, cultural meaning systems that postulate supernatural entities. Whether the study object is religious behaviour or religious belief, sacred texts or buildings, the ultimate research object is the conceptual system that is conveyed or expressed by the material data. Thus there are concepts and conceptual systems at both sides: at the side of religious studies, and at the side of religious culture (cultural knowledge, behaviour and artefacts). The investigation of conceptual issues in religious studies has therefore either theoretical (or philosophical) and empirical relevance.
This book provides a philosophy of religious studies that is anchored in the intentional systems theory, on one hand, and in scientific realism, on the other hand. It will be of interest to those working in religious or cultural studies and have an interest in the philosophy of science. The book will also provide interesting case studies for philosophers of science, especially those interested in humanities and social research.1992 0-7734-9183-X
These essays focus on the treatment of dissent by religious movements; the interaction between dissenting and parent groups; characteristics of dissenting groups; and the definition and enforcement of orthodoxy.1992 0-7734-9939-3
Examines the use of the ancient compositional device known as the type-scene, in particular the sea-storm type-scene as used by the Hebrew and Christian biblical writers. Explores the theme of the sea in ancient and classical Mediterranean literature including epic, romance, drama, travelogue, and poetry as the literary tradition from which the biblical use of the sea-storm type-scene emerged.2013 0-7734-4543-9
Lauri Honko (1932-2002), the Finnish professor of folkloristics and comparative religion was a prolific and multitalented researcher, whose topics of research ranged from the study of folk beliefs, folk medicine and Ingrian laments to the general theories of culture, identity and meaning. He studied Finno-Ugric mythologies, Karelian and Tanzanian folk healing, and South Indian oral traditions. In this book we aim at explicating and analyzing his methodological assumptions as well as his specific theoretical contributions in the study of religion and folklore. Our central focus is on Honko‚Äôs tradition ecology, an approach to cultural systems that exposes their dynamic and functionalistic features. We compare and contrast tradition ecology with other theories in religious studies and folkloristics, especially with those theories that stem from the evolutionary and cognitive paradigms. Furthermore, we will explicate Honko‚Äôs programmatic model of the folklore process, by means of which the dynamics of religions and folklore can be conceptually captured. We argue that Honko constructed a coherent theory of culture, where functionalism played a central role. Furthermore, we argue that in Honko‚Äôs theory, religious studies needs methodological support from folkloristics as well as from other fields of cultural studies.