Download E-books The World's Parliament of Religions: The East/West Encounter, Chicago, 1893 (Religion in North America) PDF

By Richard Hughes Seager

Conceived as a powerful reveal of the key religions of the realm, the 1893 Parliament sought to unite "all faith opposed to irreligion." a unique second within the production of a extra pluralistic non secular tradition in the US, it brought many american citizens to japanese religions and meditative practices reminiscent of yoga. a few within the Christian group observed the collection as an indication of the impending success of the missionary’s wish to evangelize the area, whereas others observed a divided Christendom less than hazard from the religions of the East. Richard Hughes Seager explores this attention-grabbing occasion in all its complexities and, in a brand new preface, summarizes contemporary study and displays on spiritual pluralism in an age of spiritual extremism.

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Download E-books Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity PDF

By Jonathan Z. Smith

In this significant theoretical and methodological assertion at the background of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith exhibits how convert apologetic agendas can dictate the process comparative non secular reports. As his instance, Smith stories 4 centuries of scholarship evaluating early Christianities with religions of overdue Antiquity (especially the so-called secret cults) and indicates how this scholarship has been established upon an underlying Protestant-Catholic polemic. the result's a devastating critique of conventional New testomony scholarship, a redescription of early Christianities as spiritual traditions amenable to comparability, and a milestone in Smith's arguable method of comparative non secular studies.

"An vital booklet, and positively some of the most major within the profession of Jonathan Z. Smith, whom one may well enterprise to name the best pathologist within the heritage of religions. As in lots of precedent instances, Smith follows a typical method: he rigorously selects his sufferer, after which dissects with inventive finesse and unequaled acumen. The operation is often worthwhile, and a deconstructor of Smith's quality is difficult to find."—Ioan P. Coulianu, Journal of faith

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Download E-books Sacrifice and Modern Thought PDF

By Julia Meszaros, Johannes Zachhuber

Sacrifice has continually been critical to the research of faith but makes an attempt to appreciate and investigate the concept that have frequently been debatable. the current e-book, that is the results of numerous years of interdisciplinary collaboration, means that in lots of methods the fascination with sacrifice has its roots in modernity itself. Theological advancements following the Reformation, the rediscovery of Greek tragedies, and the come across with the perform of human sacrifice within the Americas brought on a posh and passionate debate within the 16th century which hasn't ever considering that abated. participants to this quantity, major specialists from theology, anthropology, and literary and cultural experiences, describe and speak about how this contemporary fascination for the subject of sacrifice has advanced, the way it has formed theological debate, the literary mind's eye, and anthropological conception. person chapters talk about extensive significant theological trajectories, theories of sacrifice together with these of Marcel Mauss and Rene Girard, and present feminist feedback. They have interaction with sacrifice within the context of non secular and philosophical proposal, works of literature and picture. They discover diverse but overlapping features of modernity's obsession with sacrifice. The publication doesn't intend to impose a unmarried narrative over these kind of different contributions yet brings them right into a dialog round a standard centre.

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Download E-books Eyewitness Companions: Religions (Eyewitness Companion Guides) PDF

By Philip Wilkinson

This coherent advent to the various spiritual traditions that exist this present day- trust structures that offer expressions of holiness and how one can understand the divine for billions of individuals round the world-will clarify the ideals of the kinfolk down the road in addition to the cultures midway worldwide. writer BIO: Philip Wilkinson has greater than 50 titles to his credits within the fields of background, faith, mythology, and the humanities, together with DK's Illustrated Dictionary of Religion, Eyewitness spouse: Mythology, and A party of Customs and Rituals of the World, which used to be recommended by way of the United international locations.

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Download E-books From Judaism to Christianity: Tradition and Transition: A "Festschrift" for Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday (Novum Testamentum, Supplements) PDF

As a much achieving tribute to the prestigious occupation of Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., a crew of exceptional biblical students has joined to provide essays at the spiritual milieu of the traditional Mediterranean area. Challenged by means of Hellenistic and Greco-Roman cultural and political domination, the spiritual struggles of Jewish and, later, Christian groups sought to keep up culture in addition to mitigate transition. Jewish responses to a Hellenistic global are published anew within the useless Sea Scrolls and the works of Artapanus and Philo. additionally, Christian perspectives at the transitory global of the early centuries of the typical period are delivered to gentle within the New testomony literature, apocryphal texts, and Patristic writings. Professors and scholars alike will enjoy the intensity and breadth of this clean scholarship.

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