Building Blocks of Religion

The aim of the book is to provide a short and user-friendly introduction and critical discussion of the "building block" approach to religious studies, developed in recent years by Professor Ann (University of California, Santa Barbara) and ...

Building Blocks of Religion

Author: Göran Larsson

Publisher: Equinox Publishing (UK)

ISBN: 9781781798669

Page: 136

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The aim of the book is to provide a short and user-friendly introduction and critical discussion of the "building block" approach to religious studies, developed in recent years by Professor Ann (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Associate Professor Egil Asprem (Stockholm University).

Religious Experience Reconsidered

Annotation Ann Taves addresses the subject of religious experience directly and the problems of reductionism and humanistic fears of the sciences indirectly and by example. The orientation of this book is practical more than philosophical.

Religious Experience Reconsidered

Author: Ann Taves

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 069114088X

Page: 232

View: 169

Annotation Ann Taves addresses the subject of religious experience directly and the problems of reductionism and humanistic fears of the sciences indirectly and by example. The orientation of this book is practical more than philosophical.

Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth

Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth are at your fingertips.

Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth

Author: Bo Prosser

Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781573123839

Page: 102

View: 339

Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth are at your fingertips. These six building blocks: Vision, Balance, Leadership, Relevant Teaching, Receptivity and Inclusion, and Outreach and Inreach, will help you develop an intentional vision and plan for spiritual and numerical growth. The authors contend that failure to pay attention to the infrastructure in these six areas can lead to a decline in the quality of your Sunday school. However, by focusing on these six building blocks, you will re-energize your leaders and allow your Sunday school to grow and develop. As you gain a renewed perspective on the potential of Sunday school, you will notice an increase in energy, both spiritual and numerical. The critics are wrong--Sunday school is not dead! Strengthening these six areas of your organization can lead to a renewed Bible Teaching Ministry. Your Sunday school can grow, and as the Sunday school grows, so, too, will the church.

Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature

In Voland E, Schiefenh ̈ovel W (eds) The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind
and Behavior. Springer, New York ... AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek Rappaport RA
(1999) Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity. Cambridge University ...

Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature

Author: Ulrich J. Frey

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642139680

Page: 159

View: 534

To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions, self-deceptions and thirst for knowledge right at the top. The unifying force holding these blocks together is evolutionary theory. Evolution provides a deeper understanding of human nature and, in particular, of the common roots of these different perspectives. To build a reliable and coherent model of man, leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy have joined forces to present essays each describing their own expert perspective. Together they provide a convincing and complete picture of our own human nature.

Building Blocks for Liberty

Walter Block. For me in the early 1970s, however, religion was the embodiment
of war, killing, and injustice. It was an “unholy alliance” of the Crusades, the
Inquisition, religious wars, virgin sacrifice, and the burning at the stake of “witches
,” ...

Building Blocks for Liberty


Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute

ISBN: 1610165039


View: 675

The Psychology of Religion Fifth Edition

For instance, Taves (2009) calls for a reconsideration of religious experience
from a “building-block” approach, which essentially places such experience
within a socialconstructionist perspective. An example is the debate within ...

The Psychology of Religion  Fifth Edition

Author: Ralph W. Hood, Jr.

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462536026

Page: 656

View: 152

Keeping up with the rapidly growing research base, the leading graduate-level psychology of religion text is now in a fully updated fifth edition. It takes a balanced, empirically driven approach to understanding the role of religion in individual functioning and social behavior. Integrating research on numerous different faith traditions, the book addresses the quest for meaning; links between religion and biology; religious thought, belief, and behavior across the lifespan; experiential dimensions of religion and spirituality; the social psychology of religious organizations; and connections to coping, adjustment, and mental disorder. Chapter-opening quotations and topical research boxes enhance the readability of this highly instructive text. New to This Edition *New topics: cognitive science of religion; religion and violence; and groups that advocate terrorist tactics. *The latest empirical findings, including hundreds of new references. *Expanded discussion of atheism and varieties of nonbelief. *More research on religions outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, particularly Islam. *State-of-the-art research methods, including techniques for assessing neurological states.

Spiritual Building Blocks

torn, implying making a “broken body whole.” Scholar David Fontana also notes
the word religion comes from the Latin, religio in which this “retying” can be
interpreted as a “bond” which implies a human relationship to and with a god or
gods ...

Spiritual Building Blocks

Author: Marshall Welch

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514407221

Page: 220

View: 384

Spiritual Building Blocks takes the greatest commandment and uses it as the cornerstone in building a spiritual foundation to help notice God’s presence in our everyday lives. Part 1 begins by unpacking the greatest commandment into six essential parts: God, the self, our neighbor, our head, our heart, and our hands. The opening chapters answer common questions about spirituality and its relationship with religion. Part 2 presents a variety of spiritual practices and exercises using our head, heart, and hands as building blocks to nurture our spiritual lives as we love God, the self, and our neighbors. Some of these practices may be new while others may be familiar but reframed in a new way. Personal stories by everyday people illustrate many of these exercises. Spiritual Building Blocks was written for individuals or small groups interested in deepening their spiritual lives.

Mortal Rituals

From this body of research, we can draw a general outline of our “natural”
religious beliefs. We quite readily separate the world into ... Note, however, that
these building blocks do not refer to any particular religion. Instead, what appears
to be ...

Mortal Rituals

Author: Matt J. Rossano

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535465

Page: 248

View: 838

A psychology professor examines what the survivors of the airplane crash hailed “The Miracle of the Andes” can show us about human evolution. On December 21, 1972, sixteen young survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 were rescued after spending ten weeks stranded at the crash site of their plane, high in the remote Andes Mountains. The incident made international headlines and spawned several best-selling books, fueled partly by the fact that the young men had resorted to cannibalism to survive. Matt Rossano examines this story from an evolutionary perspective, weaving together findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, religion, and cognitive science. During their ordeal, these young men broke “civilized” taboos to fend off starvation and abandoned “civilized” modes of thinking to maintain social unity and individual sanity. Through the power of ritual, the survivors were able to endure severe emotional and physical hardship. Rossano ties their story to our story, seeing in the mortal rituals of this struggle for survival a reflection of what it means to be human. “[Rossano’s] narrative describes a “microcosm of human evolution,” and I think this book will grab the interest of many readers―students as well as the general public―as it teaches essential facts about the way Homo sapiens evolved.”—David Hicks, Stony Brook University and Clare College, Cambridge University “[Rossano] masterfully weaves a moving contemporary drama with a compelling account of the evolutionary history of ritual and religion. An impressive accomplishment and a truly captivating read from start to finish.”—Richard Sosis, University of Connecticut, cofounder and coeditor of Religion, Brain, & Behavior

Imagining Religion

These two texts illustrate the sovereign power of one of the basic building blocks
of religion: ritual and its capacity for routinization. Both fragmentary stories take
their starting point in what we would most probably call an accident. Both give ...

Imagining Religion

Author: Jonathan Z. Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226763606

Page: 165

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With this influential book of essays, Jonathan Z. Smith has pointed the academic study of religion in a new theoretical direction, one neither theological nor willfully ideological. Making use of examples as apparently diverse and exotic as the Maori cults in nineteenth-century New Zealand and the events of Jonestown, Smith shows that religion must be construed as conventional, anthropological, historical, and as an exercise of imagination. In his analyses, religion emerges as the product of historically and geographically situated human ingenuity, cognition, and curiosity—simply put, as the result of human labor, one of the decisive but wholly ordinary ways human beings create the worlds in which they live and make sense of them. "These seven essays . . . display the critical intelligence, creativity, and sheer common sense that make Smith one of the most methodologically sophisticated and suggestive historians of religion writing today. . . . Smith scrutinizes the fundamental problems of taxonomy and comparison in religious studies, suggestively redescribes such basic categories as canon and ritual, and shows how frequently studied myths may more likely reflect situational incongruities than vaunted mimetic congruities. His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of religion to render intelligible that in our own day which seems most bizarre."—Richard S. Sarason, Religious Studies Review

Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe

This volume examines the enduring nature of religious nationalism in modern Europe.

Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe

Author: Philip W. Barker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135973938

Page: 210

View: 924

This volume examines the enduring nature of religious nationalism in modern Europe. Through a series of in-depth case studies covering Ireland, England, Poland, and Greece; the author argues that religious frontiers, or geographic lines of division between different and unique religions, are central to the formation of religiously-based national identities. Typically, as states develop economically and politically, religion plays a lesser role in both individual lives and national identity. However, at religious frontiers, religion becomes useful for differentiating and mobilizing groups of people. This is particularly true when the religious frontier also represents a threat or conflict. Although religion may not be the root of conflict in these instances, the conflict takes on religious tones because of its ability to unite an otherwise diverse population. Religion takes precedence over language, culture, or other national building-blocks because the "other" can best be distinguished in religious terms. The in-depth case studies allow for a deep historical understanding of the processes which converge to create a modern religious nation. Greatly expanding our current understanding of the conditions in which religious nationalism develops, this important book has implications for our understanding of religion and politics, secularization, European politics and foreign policy.

Christianity Versus Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty

Udo W. Middelmann provides an alternative to literature that regards poverty relief as a strictly material problem.

Christianity Versus Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty

Author: Udo Middelmann

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830856269

Page: 219

View: 646

Udo W. Middelmann provides an alternative to literature that regards poverty relief as a strictly material problem. By exposing the power of fatalistic religious ideas to suppress people and devastate cultures, Middelmann places biblical ideas at the heart of cultural development.

Sociology of Religion

Diversity — religious and ethnic — is one of the most pronounced features of U.S.
social history; it has shaped and ... and cultural values, religion is frequently one
of the significant boundary-defining markers as well as a key building block ...

Sociology of Religion

Author: Kevin J. Christiano

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759100350

Page: 365

View: 932

Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments charts changes in the sociology of religion without ignoring the continuing relevance of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx. Veteran sociologists Christiano, Swatos, and Kivisto address both the foundations and the profound changes in the field, placing new conceptions against their historical background. Charts, pictures, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style keep the history and new developments within the reach of undergraduates. Instructors who want to give their students a current and comprehensive overview of the field should take a look at Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments. Visit our website for sample chapters!

The Building Blocks of the Earliest Gospel

This volume provides enough information about each story in the Gospel of Mark and about the gospel as a whole, in order to afford an informed understanding of the gospel.

The Building Blocks of the Earliest Gospel

Author: Arthur J. Bellinzoni

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 153264356X

Page: 302

View: 766

This volume provides enough information about each story in the Gospel of Mark and about the gospel as a whole, in order to afford an informed understanding of the gospel. The evangelist was not writing a book for submission to a committee for inclusion in the Christian Bible. Rather, he was collecting existing oral and written tradition into a coherent narrative to promote, for his own Christian community, an understanding of the “good news” of Jesus the Messiah. The church to which the evangelist was writing, probably in Antioch of Syria, was likely already familiar with many of the stories from the church’s evolving liturgy. Christians gathered in people’s homes; there were no “churches” as we understand that word as a specific building for Christian worship. It was in such gatherings in homes that stories were told, perhaps as the basis for a message delivered by an elder of the church. Such stories illustrated some truth about Jesus or addressed an issue of importance to the church. In other words, these individual stories were developed to serve the needs of the Christian community. Historical accuracy was not a concern of the evangelist. Proclaiming Jesus as Messiah was his primary purpose.

Modern Religion Modern Race

In Modern Religion, Modern Race Theodore Vial argues that because the categories of religion and race are rooted in the post-Enlightenment project of reimagining what it means to be human, we cannot simply will ourselves to stop using them.

Modern Religion  Modern Race

Author: Theodore Vial

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019021256X

Page: 192

View: 484

Religion is a racialized category, even when race is not explicitly mentioned. In Modern Religion, Modern Race Theodore Vial argues that because the categories of religion and race are rooted in the post-Enlightenment project of reimagining what it means to be human, we cannot simply will ourselves to stop using them. Only by acknowledging that religion is already racialized can we begin to understand how the two concepts are intertwined and how they operate in our modern world. It has become common to argue that the category religion is not universal, or even very old, but is a product of Europe's Enlightenment modernization. Equally common is the argument that religion is not an innocent category of analysis, but is implicated in colonial regimes of control and as such plays a role in Europe's process of identity construction of itself and of non-European "others." Current debates about race follow an eerily similar trajectory: race is not an ancient but a modern construction. It is part of the project of colonialism, and race discourse forms one of the cornerstones of modern European identity-making. Why can't we stop using them, or re-construct them in less toxic ways? By examining the theories of Kant, Herder, and Schleiermacher, among others, Vial uncovers co-constitutive nature of race and religion, describes how they became building blocks of the modern world, and shows how the two concepts continue to be used today to form identity and to make sense of the world. He shows that while we disdain the racist language of some of the founders of religious studies, the continued influence of the modern worldview they helped create leads us, often unwittingly, to reiterate many of the same distinctions and hierarchies. Although it may not be time to abandon the very category of religion, with all its attendant baggage, Modern Religion, Modern Race calls for us to examine that baggage critically, and to be fully conscious of the ways in which religion always carries with it dangerous ideas of race.

Law and Religion

In a section entitled “of the different forms of government,” Witherspoon described
the different building blocks of government. He divided the most basic forms of
government into three categories: monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy.

Law and Religion

Author: Stephen M. Feldman

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814726785

Page: 483

View: 290

Following landmark trade agreements between Japan and the United States in the 1850s, Tokyo began importing a unique American commodity: Western social activism. As Japan sought to secure its future as a commercial power and American women pursued avenues of political expression, Protestant church-women and, later, members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) traveled to the Asian coast to promote Christian teachings and women's social activism. Rumi Yasutake reveals in Transnational Women's Activism that the resulting American, Japanese, and first generation Japanese-American women's movements came to affect more than alcohol or even religion. While the WCTU employed the language of evangelism and Victorian family values, its members were tactfully expedient in accommodating their traditional causes to suffrage and other feminist goals, in addition to the various political currents flowing through Japan and the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Exploring such issues as gender struggles in the American Protestant church and bourgeois Japanese women's attitudes towards the "pleasure class" of geishas and prostitutes, Yasutake illuminates the motivations and experiences of American missionaries, U.S. WCTU workers, and their Japanese protégés. The diverse machinations of WCTU activism offer a compelling lesson in the complexities of cultural imperialism.

Religion in Britain

Across the Atlantic, the free-standing, voluntary congregation constitutes the
essential building block for religious life. Congregations aggregate themselves
into denominations, none of which receives support from the state. This is a
matter of ...

Religion in Britain

Author: Grace Davie

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119004314

Page: 280

View: 454

Religion in Britain evaluates and sheds light on thereligious situation in twenty-first century Britain; it exploresthe country’s increasing secularity alongsidereligion’s growing presence in public debate, and the impactof this paradox on Britain’s society. Describes and explains the religious situation in twenty-firstcentury Britain Based on the highly successful Religion in Britain Since1945 (Blackwell, 1994) but extensively revised with themajority of the text re-written to reflect the currentsituation Investigates the paradox of why Britain has become increasinglysecular and how religion is increasingly present in public debatecompared with 20 years ago Explores the impact this paradox has on churches, faithcommunities, the law, politics, education, and welfare

Terror and Transformation

The Ambiguity of Religion in Psychoanalytic Perspective James William Jones ...
Like the term "religion," the category of "psychologist of religion" is also
something of an abstraction. ... psychological building-blocks of religious

Terror and Transformation

Author: James William Jones

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781583911921

Page: 130

View: 152

"At the heart of living religion is the idealization of everyday objects. Such idealizations provide much of the transforming power of religious experience, which is one of the positive contributions of religion to the psychological life. However, idealization can also lead to religious fanaticism, which can be very destructive. Drawing on the work of various contemporary relational theorists within psychoanalysis, this book develops a psychoanalytically informed theory of the transforming and terror-producing effects of religious experience. It discusses the question of whether or not, if idealization is the cause of many of the destructive acts done in the name of religion, there can be vital religion without idealization.".

Religion Race and the American Presidency

Our analysis begins with the concept of religious tradition, measured in terms of
religious affiliation or belonging. A religious tradition is a set of “religious
communities that share a distinctive worldview”; the building blocks of these
religious ...

Religion  Race  and the American Presidency

Author: Gaston Espinosa

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742563480

Page: 376

View: 600

The role that race and religion play in American presidential elections is attracting national attention like never before. The 2008 presidential candidates reached out to an unprecedented number of racial and religious voting constituencies including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, women, the non-religious, and more. Religion, Race, and the American Presidency focuses on the roles of these racial and religious groups in presidential elections over the last forty years, and in elections since 2000 in particular. Drawing upon survey data, interviews, and case studies of recent presidents, the contributors examine the complicated relationships between American presidents and key racial and religious groups. The paperback edition features a new capstone chapter on the 2008 elections. Contributions by Brian Robert Calfano, David G. Dalin, Paul A. Djupe, Gastón Espinosa, John C. Green, Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Lyman A. Kellstedt, So Young Kim, David C. Leege, Laura R. Olson, Corwin Smidt, Katherine E. Stenger, and Adam L. Warber.

The Mysteries Unveiling the Knowledge of Subtle Energy in Ritual

These sacramental systems form the basis of the various religious practices. ...
We also get into the background of megalith building and the global ley line grid.
We will try to ... We will find the building blocks of ancient science and religion.

The Mysteries  Unveiling the Knowledge of Subtle Energy in Ritual

Author: Bernard Heuvel

Publisher: Bernard Heuvel

ISBN: 1445715945

Page: 210

View: 752

1 Between Myth, Magic, and Science 2 Archaeo-astronomy and Myth 3 Earth Spirit 4 Numbers 5 Megalithic Structures, Ley Lines and the World Grid 6 Subtle Energy 7 Alchemy 8 Creating the Matrix 9 Astrology 10 Astronomical Alignments and Magical Rituals at Sacred Places 11 Temple design 12 Initiations and the Mystery Schools 13 Subtle Energy Knowledge in Religion 14 Egregores: The Creation of our Gods 15 The Occult Influence of Government and Religion on Society 16 Consecration and Desecration of Sacred Places 17 Monumental Masonic Magic 18 Ancient Occult Warfare 19 New Religion for the Aeon of Horus (Satan, Lucifer) 20 Esoteric Ancient Science and Technology 21 Hermetica and Paleophysics 22 Esoteric Modern Science and Technology 23 Tachyon Energy 24 Channelled Information on the Subtle Energy Grid 25 Escaping the Matrix Appendix I: Glossary of Elements of Ancient Subtle Energy Technology Appendix II: Numbers of the Canon Appendix III: The natural Meaning of the Alphabet Literature

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Part I presents six primary theoretical traditions concerning the social and cultural
significance of religion. In their different ways these traditions represent the
conceptual foundations – the basic building blocks – for the sociology of religion.

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Author: James A Beckford

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446206521

Page: 768

View: 620

"In their introduction to this Handbook, the editors affirm: 'Many sociologists have come to realise that it makes no sense now to omit religion from the repertoire of social scientific explanations of social life'. I wholeheartedly agree. I also suggest that this wide-ranging set of essays should become a starting-point for such enquiries. Each chapter is clear, comprehensive and well-structured - making the Handbook a real asset for all those engaged in the field." - Grace Davie, University of Exeter "Serious social scientists who care about making sense of the world can no longer ignore the fact that religious beliefs and practices are an important part of this world... This Handbook is a valuable resource for specialists and amateurs alike. The editors have done an exceptionally fine job of incorporating topics that illuminate the range and diversity of religion and its continuing significance throughout the world." - Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University At a time when religions are increasingly affecting, and affected by, life beyond the narrowly sacred sphere, religion everywhere seems to be caught up in change and conflict. In the midst of this contention and confusion, the sociology of religion provides a rich source of understanding and explanation. This Handbook presents an unprecedentedly comprehensive assessment of the field, both where it has been and where it is headed. Like its many distinguished contributors, its topics and their coverage are truly global in their reach. The Handbook's 35 chapters are organized into eight sections: basic theories and debates; methods of studying religion; social forms and experiences of religion; issues of power and control in religious organizations; religion and politics; individual religious behaviour in social context; religion, self-identity and the life-course; and case studies of China, Eastern Europe, Israel, Japan, and Mexico. Each chapter establishes benchmarks for the state of sociological thinking about religion in the 21st century and provides a rich bibliography for pursuing its subject further. Overall, the Handbook stretches the field conceptually, methodologically, comparatively, and historically. An indispensable source of guidance and insight for both students and scholars. Choice 'Outstanding Academic Title' 2009