Emotion, Identity, and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness

Paperback | April 10, 2011

byDouglas J. Davies

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Deep emotions pervade our human lives and ongoing moods echo them. Religious traditions often shape these and give devotees a sense of identity in a hopeful and meaningful life despite the conflicts, confusion, pain and grief of existence. Driven by anthropological and sociologicalperspectives, Douglas J. Davies describes and analyses these dynamic tensions and life opportunities as they are worked out in ritual, music, theology, and the allure of sacred places. Davies brings some newer concepts to these familiar ideas, such as 'the humility response' and 'moral-somatic' processes, revealing how our sense of ourselves responds to how we are treated by others as when injustice makes us 'feel sick' or religious ideas of grace prompt joyfulness. This sense ofembodied identity is shown to be influenced not only by 'reciprocity' in the many forms of exchange, gifts, merit, and actions of others, but also by a certain sense of 'otherness', whether in God, ancestors, supernatural forces or even a certain awareness of ourselves. Drawing from psychological studies of how our thinking processes engage with the worlds around us we see how difficult it is to separate out 'religious' activity from many other aspects of human response to our environment. Throughout these pages many examples are taken from the well-known religionsof the world as well as from local and secular traditions.

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Deep emotions pervade our human lives and ongoing moods echo them. Religious traditions often shape these and give devotees a sense of identity in a hopeful and meaningful life despite the conflicts, confusion, pain and grief of existence. Driven by anthropological and sociologicalperspectives, Douglas J. Davies describes and analyses ...

Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham and Director of the Centre for Death and Life Studies. He trained in both anthropology and theology and has taught the study of religion for many years both at Nottingham and Durham Universities. His specialist interests and many publications include work on death, fune...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:April 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551537

ISBN - 13:9780199551538

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Dynamics, feelings, and meanings2. Ritual, values, and emotions3. Identity depletion4. Grief, intensive living, and charisma5. Gender, identity, and purity6. Love, mercy, humility, and betrayal7. Merit, grace, and pardon8. Moral-somatics, hope, despair, and suffering9. Revelation, conversion, and spirit power10. Sacred place, worship, and musicConclusionBibliography