Religion

Pages: 192
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: illustrations

Religion

A Beginner's Guide

Martin Forward

Conversational in tone, but built on a solid foundation of knowledge, this unique introduction takes a careful look at the role of religion in the world today.
Paperback
9781851682584 (28 May 2001)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

This unique introduction takes a careful look at the role of religion and the spiritual dimension in the real world. Conversational in tone, but built on a solid foundation of knowledge, it covers an enormous range of issues in a succinct and straightforward style, from the origins of religious belief to the future of religion in today's spiritual landscape. Drawing on history, theology, sociology, philosophy and the words of great thinkers old and new, this lively little volume will both inform and stimulate.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations illustrations

 

About the Author

Martin Forward is currently the Helena Wackerlin Professor of Religious Studies at Aurora University, Illinois, and Executive Director of its Center for Faith and Action. He is an ordained Methodist minister, is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, and is an acknowledged expert in contemporary religious studies.

Table of Contents

1. What is religion? Religion The origins of religion The age of nationalism and internationalism Criticisms of the secular quest for the origins of religion The end of the quest for the origins of religion The place of religion in society Religions: a modern invention? Religion as systems Empathy for the religious other? The perennial philosophy How to recognise a religion 2. Is anyone or something there? Polytheism Monotheism The one and the many Tribal or universal? Does it really matter whether anyone or anything is there? three how the transcendent sees us and we see the transcendent Art and aesthetics Holy places Holy word Holy people The mystical path Festivals and festivities Worship Spirituality 4. The good life Life beyond? The way through dusty death The moving finger? A universal rule? What sort of God is God? 5. Religion in the new millennium Idealisation of the past Reconstructions of religion Diasporas The search for justice The question of truth Faith in the future of religion Bibliography Index

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