Exploring Religion: A Reader

Paperback | October 16, 2013

EditorWilliam Acres

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Exploring a variety of ways to think about and discuss religion and its far-reaching impact, this insightful collection of 30 readings takes an interdisciplinary theoretical approach that challenges students to examine their own assumptions and think critically across disciplines.

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Exploring a variety of ways to think about and discuss religion and its far-reaching impact, this insightful collection of 30 readings takes an interdisciplinary theoretical approach that challenges students to examine their own assumptions and think critically across disciplines.

William Acres is professor of comparative religions and church history at Huron University College and assistant professor of history at Western University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Exploring Religion1. Explorations in ReligionMarcus Tullius Cicero: On the Nature of the GodsMax Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismCourtney Bender: Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver2. Framing the World through FaithAugustine of Hippo: On True ReligionAl-Farabi: Book of ReligionMartin Luther: Letter to Pope Leo X (1519)3. Europe and OthersBartoleme de las Casas: The Devastation of the IndiesZora Neale Hurston: Voodoo Gods: An Inquiry into Native Myths and Magic in Jamaica and HaitiLady Mary Wortley Montagu: From the Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu4. Bodies and KnowledgeDiana L. Eck: Seeing the Divine Image in IndiaEmile Durkheim: Defining Religion: The Sacred and the ProfaneSir William Jones: Discourse on the Hindus and on the Persians5. CategoriesAl-Beruni: Al-Beruni's IndiaTomoko Masuzawa: The Birth Trauma of World ReligionsWilfred Cantwell Smith: The Meaning and End of Religion6. The RadicalsFriedrich Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-ChristAlfred Rosenberg: The Myth of the Twentieth CenturySayyid Qubt: Milestones7. Nations and ReligionErnest Renan: What is a Nation?Vandana Shiva: Masculinization of the MotherlandTheodore Herzl: The Jewish State8. Post-Colonial ReligionPeter Berger: The Desecularization of the WorldJani Kani Edward: Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future ImaginingsTalal Asad: Genealogies of Religion9. Identity and ReligionJose Cabezon: Identity and the Work of the Scholar of ReligionOusseina D. Alidou: Engaging Modernity: Muslim Woman and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial NigerMolefi Kete Asante: The Future of African Gods: The Clash of Civilizations10. Locating ReligionBron Taylor: A Green Future for Religion?Mary Nyagnweso Wangila: Female Circumcision: The Interplay of Religion, Culture, and Gender in KenyaPeter Cole: An Academic Take on "Indigenous Traditions and Ecology"CreditsIndex

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"An exciting, timely, and necessary departure from the standard approach to World Religion readers." -- Angela Sumegi, Carleton University