Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness by Kent RichterReligion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness by Kent Richter

Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness

byKent Richter

Paperback | July 15, 2016

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Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness covers the wide array of elements, including the concepts of ultimate being, scripture, ritual, morality, and beauty, which make up the fascinating entity known as religion. Taking a phenomenological approach that emphasizes the standpoint ofthe religious believer - a view from the inside of religion - Kent Richter uses the categories of experience, belief, and behavior ("Beauty, Truth, and Goodness") as a way to think about religion in general. This approach helps students understand both the great variety in religious traditions andthe internal coherence that religion holds for its practitioners.
Kent Richter is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at College of DuPage. He is the coauthor of Understanding Religion in a Global Society (2004).
Title:Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and GoodnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Defining 'Religion'Too Broad and Too NarrowThe Dialectic of Definition and ExampleReductionism and Functional EquivalenceGetting at Last to DefinitionsA Working Definition of "Religion"Part I: Truth, or What Religion Would Have Us Believe2. Concepts of Ultimate BeingGod and GodsMonismMiscellany and MixturesSummaries3. Historical Claims: Founders and ManifestationsProphetsSages"Incarnations" of "God"Secondary FoundersNon-historical Origins4. Scripture as Source and AuthoritySikhism and the Adi Granth: A Case StudyThe General Concept of ScriptureScripture and ProphetsScripture and SagesCanonSecondary ScripturesConclusions on Scripture and the Possibility of Anti-scripture5. The Languages of ReligionReligious Languages and Their ImportanceStories: Myth, History, and ParablesPoetryWisdom and InstructionExegesis and Hermeneutics: The Science of Interpretation6. Miscellaneous Doctrines: The Truth of Self, Suffering, and SalvationThe SelfSuffering and the Religious Problem of EvilSalvationEpilogue to Part I: The Promise and the Problems of Religious TruthPart II: Goodness, or What Religion Would Have Us Do7. RitualRitual and Religious RitualThe Value and Uses of RitualCommemorative RitualEffective Ritual and Ritual MagicWorshipProblems of Religious Ritual8. Moral ActionObligation and the "Queerness" of MoralityMonotheism and Divine CommandsThe Virtue of the SagesMonism and Teleological MoralityReligious ExemplarsProblems of Religious MoralityMotivation for Morality9. Social Order and GovernmentReligion and Social OrderReligion and Economic Equality"Church and State"Religion and WarEpilogue to Part II: The Promise and the Problems of Religious GoodnessPart III: Beauty, or What Religion Would Have Us Feel10. Religious ExperienceThe Variety of Religious ExperienceVisions, Voices and the Prophetic CallEnlightenmentMystical ExperienceThe Epistemology of Religious ExperienceConclusion11. Religion and ArtPictorial ArtOther Visual Arts: Calligraphy and ArchitecturePoetry and MusicArt as PerformanceSummation12. Beatitude, or Salvation ReconsideredVarieties of Beatitude"What Must I Do to be Saved?"The Problem of HellThe Goodness of the Highest GoodEpilogue to Part III: The Promise and the Problems of Religious BeautyEpilogue: Religion as Trinity

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"This is exactly what new college students need as a bridge to the academic study of religion." --Stephen Lahey, University of Alaska