Religion, Agency, Restitution: The Wilde Lectures in Natural Religion 1999

Paperback | June 15, 2001

byRoland Littlewood

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Professor Littlewood marshals arguments that help us understand more clearly how we interactively use religion and science/healing to come to terms with the world around us. He draws in part on his clinical work as a psychiatrist with patients from religious movements in the West, butprimarily on his earlier anthropological fieldwork with a new African-Caribbean religion in Trinidad, and more recently with ethical transformations in the older Caribbean cults and among the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Hasidim. There exists a close relationship between the explanations of misfortune,reconciliation, and restitution in the historical - and other - religions and in therapeutics. Professor Littlewood believes that cosmological and redemptive assumptions exist in any type of healing, whether physical or psychological. Spiritual and healing theories interact in surprising ways, andhe examines the religious aspect in systems of therapeutics as well as the appearance of healing practices within social institutions that are generally regarded as religious.

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Professor Littlewood marshals arguments that help us understand more clearly how we interactively use religion and science/healing to come to terms with the world around us. He draws in part on his clinical work as a psychiatrist with patients from religious movements in the West, butprimarily on his earlier anthropological fieldwork ...

Roland Littlewood is at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:June 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionExtreme Experiences and Religious CognitionsMoments of Creation: Pregnancy and Parturition as Cosmological IdiomMoments of Creation: The Religious Embodiment of Women Prophets and Divine InnovatorsIn Defence of EuhemerusTherapeutics of the Divine: Healing as a Hasidic Religious IdiomTherapeutics of the Divine: Healing and Redemption as Mutual Transformation in HasidismSatan and the Computer: The Euro-American Revivial of Spirit PossessionNaturalistic and Personalistic Modes of Thought

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`... a broad-ranging set of topics, held together in a quite arresting manner by a single cogent theme which underlies all considerations relating human life to a divine cosmology.'The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute