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Conversations and controversies in the scientific study of religion : collaborative and co-authored essays
by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe ; edited by Luther H. Martin Donald Wiebe
Leiden ; Brill, [2016]
Baker Berry BL50 .C675 2016

The end of White Christian America
Jones, Robert P. author
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
An obituary for White Christian America -- Who is White Christian America? -- Vital signs: a divided and dying White Christian America -- Politics: the end of the White Christian strategy -- Family: gay marriage and White Christian America -- Race: desegregating White Christian America -- A eulogy for White Christian America.

"The founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and columnist forThe Atlantic describes how white Protestant Christians have declined in influence and power since the 1990s and explores the effect this has had on America,"--NoveList.
Baker Berry BL65.P7 J66 2016

Return statements : the return of religion in contemporary philosophy
Lambert, Gregg, 1961- author
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2016
Baker Berry BL2747.8 .L36 2016

Holy lands : reviving pluralism in the Middle East
Pelham, Nicolas, author
New York, NY : Columbia Global Reports, [2016]
Baker Berry BL1060 .P45 2016

師道合一 : 湘中梅山楊源張壇的科儀與傳承 / 呂永昇, 李新吾编著
呂永昇, author
Taibei Shi : Xin wen feng chu ban gu fen you xian gong si, 2015
Baker Berry East Asian BL1940.4 .L79 2015

Contemporary views on comparative religion : in celebration of Tim Jensen's 65th birthday
edited by Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz and Mikael Rothstein
Sheffield, UK ; Equinox Publishing Ltd., [2016]
1. The Magic and Drudgery in J.Z. Smith's Theory of Comparison / Ivan Strenski -- 2. Revisiting Comparative Religion in the Light of Contemporary Criticism / Morny Joy -- 3. Comparative and Historical Studies of Religions: The Return of Science / Luther H. Martin -- 4. The Historical and Comparative Study of Religions: A Rhetorical Approach / Jorgen Podemann Sorensen -- 5. Taking Comparativism Two Levels Further and One Step Backwards / Anders Klostergaard Petersen and Jesper Sorensen -- 6. A Method Without Explanatory Theory: Ugo Bianchi's Historical-Comparative Methodology after Thirty Years / Giulia Sfameni Gasparro -- 7. Myth, Space, and the History of Religions: Reflections on the Comparative Study of Ancient Wilderness Mythologies from Mesopotamia, the Hebrew Bible, and Early Christianity / Laura Feldt -- 8. History of Religions Without an Object? Comparing Theoretical Objects in the History of Religion and in Anthropology / Jeppe Sinding Jensen -- 9. Towards a Secular Theory of Religious Experience / Olav Hammer -- 10. Conceptions of Religion in the Cognitive Science of Religion / Armin W. Geertz -- 11. Phenomenology of Religion Revisited / Peter Antes -- 12. Fanfare for the Common e.g.: On the Strategic Use of the Mundane in the Study of Religion / Russell T. McCutcheon -- 13. Theories as Borders: Sites of Entry and Exit in Comparative Religion / Veikko Anttonen -- 14. Claims for a Plurality of Knowledges in the Comparative Study of Religions / Donald Wiebe -- 15. Why the Concept of "World Religion" Has Survived in Japan: On the Japanese Reception of Max Weber's Comparative Religion / Satoko Fujiwara -- 16. The Study and Making of Christian Religion in Danish Academic Theology / Jens-Andre Herbener -- 17. O Felix Culpa! On Teaching Religion around Theologians / Gustavo Benavides -- 18. Religion Studies in Brazil: An Area (Still) under Construction / Silas Guerriero -- 19. Normative Rationality and the Future Prospects of Religion Education: The Perspective of Scientific Realism / Matti Kamppinen -- 20. "RS-Based RE": Tim Jensen's Straightforward Contribution to the Development of Didactics of the Academic Study of Religions / Wanda Alberts -- 21. Tracing the "Non-Denominational": Japan and the UK / Brian Bocking -- 22. Teaching the Secular Moral Code in French State Schools. The Debate Between Providing and Upbringing and Providing an Education From the French Revolution to Our Time / Valentine Zuber -- 23. Privileging Communication: Evidentiary Admissible Statements and Comparison in the Study of Religion / Abraham H. Khan -- 24. Whose Rights? The Danish Debate on Ritual Infant Male Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue / Mikael Aktor -- 25. Current Perspectives on the Notion of Toleration in the Roman World / Mar Marcos -- 26. Pluralism and Plurality in the Study of Religions / Christoph Bochinger -- 27. Utopia and Heterotopia in Post-Apartheid South African Muslim Discourse / Abdulkader Tayob -- 28. What is a "God" Actually? Some Comparative Reflections / Einar Thomassen -- 29. What Became of Superhuman Beings? Companions and Field Guides in the Study of Religion / Ingvild Saelid Gilhus -- 30. The Alimentary Construction of Social and Supernatural Identities: Religious Commensality Codes of the Penan with a Comparative Twist / Mikael Rothstein -- 31. Salvific Space and Religious Pluralism: Did Hindu Pilgrimage Develop from the Vedic Tradition? / Knut A. Jacobsen -- 32. Sounds Religious / Rosalind I.J. Hackett -- 33. The Study of Religion in Russia: The Foundation of the Museum of Religion / Marianna Shaknovich -- 34. Beyond Comparative Religion: Theology of Religions and Ethical Mysticism / Jan Hjarpe -- 35. Raffaele Pettazzoni and Karoly Marot: Companions-in-Arms in the Field of the History of Religions / Giovanni Casadio.
Baker Berry BL87 .C674 2016

Interpreting scriptures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : overlapping inquiries
edited by Mordechai Z. Cohen and Adele Berlin ; with the assistance of Meir M. Bar-Asher, Rita Copeland, and Jon Whitman
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
This comparative study traces Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural interpretation from antiquity to modernity, with special emphasis on the pivotal medieval period. It focuses on three areas: responses in the different faith traditions to tensions created by the need to transplant scriptures into new cultural and linguistic contexts; changing conceptions of the literal sense and its importance vis- ...-vis non-literal senses, such as the figurative, spiritual, and midrashic; and ways in which classical rhetoric and poetics informed - or were resisted in - interpretation. Concentrating on points of intersection, the authors bring to light previously hidden aspects of methods and approaches in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This volume opens new avenues for interdisciplinary analysis and will benefit scholars and students of biblical studies, religious studies, medieval studies, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, comparative religions, and theory of interpretation.
Baker Berry BL71 .I59 2016

The Living Goddess : A journey into the heart of Kathmandu
Tree, Isabella, 1964- author
London : Eland, 2015
In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu's Durbar Square lives Nepal's famous Living Goddess - a child as young as three who is chosen from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to watch over the country and protect its people. To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi (the universal goddess) and for centuries their Hindu kings have sought her blessing to legitimize their rule. Legends swirl about her, for the facts are shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by dynasties of priests and caretakers. How come a Buddhist girl is worshipped by autocratic Hindu rulers? Are the initiation rituals as macabre as they are rumoured to be? And what fate awaits the Living Goddesses when they attain puberty and are dismissed from their role? Weaving together myth, religious belief, modern history and court gossip, Isabella Tree takes us on a compelling and fascinating journey to the esoteric, hidden heart of Nepal. Through her unprecedented access to the many layers of Nepalese society, she is able to put the country's troubled modern history in the context of the complex spiritual beliefs and practices that inform the role of the little girl at its centre. Deeply felt, emotionally engaged and written after over a decade of travel and research, The Living Goddess is a compassionate and illuminating enquiry into this reclusive Himalayan country -a revelation.
Baker Berry BL1225.K854 N478 2015

Pluralism : the future of religion
Rose, Kenneth, 1951-
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Impasse in theology of religions -- The inclusivist counterrevolution -- The impossibility of an inclusivist revolution -- The syncretistic basis of the theory of apophatic pluralism -- Hinduism, the Upanishads, and apophatic pluralism -- The New Testament and apophatic pluralism -- The parable of the prisoners -- Apophatic pluralism and the study of religion.
Baker Berry BL85 .R665 2013

Understanding Greek religion : a cognitive approach
Larson, Jennifer author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2016
Understanding Greek Religion is one of the first attempts to fully examine any religion from a cognitivist perspective, applying methods and findings from the cognitive science of religion to the ancient Greek world. In this book, Jennifer Larson shows that many of the fundamentals of Greek religion, such as anthropomorphic gods, divinatory procedures, purity beliefs, reciprocity, and sympathetic magic arise naturally as by-products of normal human cognition. Drawing on evidence from across the ancient Greek world, Larson provides detailed coverage of Greek theology and local pantheons, rituals including processions, animal sacrifice and choral dance, and afterlife beliefs as they were expressed through hero worship and mystery cults. Eighteen in-depth essays illustrate the theoretical discussion with primary sources and include case studies of key cult inscriptions from Kyrene, Kos, and Miletos. This volume features maps, tables, and over twenty images to support and expand on the text, and will provide conceptual tools for understanding the actions and beliefs that constitute a religion. Additionally, Larson offers the first detailed discussion of cognition and memory in the transmission of Greek religious beliefs and rituals, as well as a glossary of terms and a bibliographical essay on the cognitive science of religion. Understanding Greek Religion is an essential resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Greek culture and ancient Mediterranean religions.--Publisher website.
Baker Berry BL783 .L38 2016

Pilgrimage : A Very Short Introduction
Reader, Ian, 1949-
London ; Oxford University Press, 2015
Pilgrimage around the world -- Forms, themes, and meanings -- More than miracles -- Practices, motives, and experiences -- Festivity, tourism, and souvenirs -- Secular sites and contemporary developments.

"Presents pilgrimage in a global and historical context. Using a wide range of examples, Reader explores how people take part in and experience their pilgrimages, and what they take back from their journeys, He concludes by examining why pilgrimages appear to be so popular in our increasingly secular age."--Front flap
Baker Berry BL619.P5 R42 2015

Beyond RastafarI an historical and theological introduction
Coltri, Marzia Anna, author
Oxford ; Berlin : Peter Lang, [2015]
This book is an invitation to reflect on how a minority culture emerged from within "Third World" liberation movements. It considers not only the historical and cultural journey between Ethiopia and Jamaica, but also the psychological dynamics of subalterns between the East and the West. In this work, the author discusses the various beliefs and ideologies of the RastafarI movement in relation to Ethiopia, and challenges the RastafarI misogynistic attitude by rehabilitating the position of women within the movement through the figure of the Queen of Sheba.
Baker Berry BL2532.R37 C65 2015

Where the gods are : spatial dimensions of anthropomorphism in the biblical world
Smith, Mark S., 1955- author
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
The issue of how to represent God is a concern both ancient and contemporary. In this wide-ranging and authoritative study, renowned biblical scholar Mark Smith investigates the symbols, meanings, and narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Ugaritic texts, and ancient iconography, which attempt to describe deities in relation to humans. Smith uses a novel approach to show how the Bible depicts God in human and animal forms -- and sometimes both together. Mediating between the ancients' theories and the work of modern thinkers, Smiths boldly original work uncovers the foundational understandings of deities and space.
Baker Berry BL215 .S65 2016

Naturalism and unbelief in France, 1650-1729
Kors, Alan Charles, author
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
From nature to God -- Reading the ancients and reading Spinoza -- Reductio Ad Naturalismum -- The passion of Malebranche -- Creation and evil.
Baker Berry BL980.F8 K67 2016

Religious deviance in the Roman world : superstition or individuality?
Rüpke, Jörg, author
United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, [2016]
Superstitio: conceptions of religious deviance in Roman antiquity -- Creation of religious norms in the late Republic -- The role of ethos and knowledge in controlling religious deviance: a Tiberian view of priestly deviance -- De Superstitione: religious experiences best not had in temples -- The normative discourse in late antiquity -- The individual in a world of competing religious norms -- Deviance and individuation: from Cicero to Theodosius.
Baker Berry BL805 .R8713 2016

Il cacciatore celeste
Calasso, Roberto, author
Milano : Adelphi edizioni, [2016]
Al tempo del Grande Corvo -- La sovrana degli animali -- Il giavellotto dalla punta d'oro -- La breve età degli eroi -- Sapienti e predatori -- L'ultima notte di Zeus sulla terra -- Spuma fui -- Consiglio notturno -- La notte delgli ermocopidi -- Il contemplante -- Statue -- O Egitto, Egitto... -- Il divino prima degli dèi -- It ritorno a Eleusi.
Baker Berry BL727 .C345 2016

Legible religion : books, gods, and rituals in Roman culture
MacRae, Duncan, author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016
Introduction: The books of Numa -- Part I: Writing Roman religion -- Gods and humans in Rome and its empire -- Writing Roman religion -- Letters of the republic -- Part II: Comparison -- Rabbis and Romans -- Part III: Reading Roman religion -- Emperor as reader -- Paper pagans -- Conclusion: Beyond scripture and literature.

"What was the significance of books in a religion without a sacred text? From the beginning of critical study of religion, the presence of Scripture - sacred and authoritative texts - has divided a few privileged Religions of the Book from other religions, including Roman religion, that lack such books. Arguing that we should look beyond this distinction, Legible Religion examines the role of books in Roman religious culture. In order to get at the question of the place of books in religion, the study includes an extended comparison between Roman books on their religion and the Mishnah, an early Rabbinic compilation of Jewish practice and law, to highlight how non-Scriptural texts can play an important part in the demarcation of religious systems."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL803 .M33 2016

The divine quest, East and West : a comparative study of ultimate realities
Ford, James L. 1957- author
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
Part One. Approaching the Ultimate -- Part Two. Gid: From Early Judaism to Postmodern Christianity -- Part Three. Hindu Traditions: Brahman and the 330 Million Gods and Godesses of India --Part Four. Budhhist Traditions: From Nirvana to Emptiness -- Part Five. Reflections on the Divine Quest

Looks at the concept of Ultimate Reality in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Many books have discussed the development of the notion of God in Western monotheistic traditions, but how have non-Western cultures conceptualized what those in the West might identify as “God”? What might be learned by comparing different visions of the Divine, such as God, gods, Brahman, Nirvana, and Emptiness? James L. Ford engages these fascinating questions, exploring notions of “the Divine” or “Ultimate Reality” within Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions. Looking at a multiplicity of divine conceptions, even within traditions, Ford discusses the relationship between imagination and revelation in the emergence of visions of ultimacy; consequences and tendencies associated with particular notions of the Ultimate; and how new visions of the Ultimate arise in relation to social, cultural, political, and scientific developments. Ford reflects on what can be learned through an awareness of the various beliefs about the Ultimate and on how such disparate visions influence the attitudes and behavior of people in different parts of the world. -- Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL48 .F585 2016

The invention of god in indigenous societies
Cox, James L
London ; Routledge, 2014
Baker Berry BL380 .C693 2014b

Viking myths & sagas : retold from ancient Norse texts
Kerven, Rosalind, author
Morpeth, Northumberland : Talking Stone, 2015
Definitive, unique collection of 34 major Viking myths, heroic legends and historical sagas. Features tales of gods, giantesses, dwarfs, valkyries and ghosts; sagas of love and hate, the Viking discovery of America, tales that inspired Tolkien and Shakespeare. Also proverbs, spells, poems, riddles, detailed Notes and a comprehensive Glossary.
Baker Berry BL860 .K395 2015

Menschen und Heroen : Ahnenkult in der Frühgeschichte Europas
Müller, Felix, 1952- author
Berlin : De Gruyter, [2016]
Einleitung, Denkanstöße und Fragen -- Iulius Caesar, ein exemplarischer Heros? -- Griechische Heroen -- Römische Propagandaheroen und "Wegwerfmenschen" -- Griechenland und Rom im Vergleich -- Roms Provinzen im Norden -- Keltische Nobilitas -- Hallstattzeitliche Fürstinnen und Fürsten -- Alte und neue Elite -- Schlussbetrachtung und Ausblick.

"The widespread worship of heroes and ancestors in ancient Mediterranean cultures does not seem to have existed north of the Alps. Is this merely a gap in the research or a fundamental difference in mentality? Comparison of archeological and written sources between North and South reveals only gradual differences. An integrated view across cultural and academic boundaries offers new insights and raises new research questions"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry BL815.H47 M85 2016

Spiritual despots : modern Hinduism and the genealogies of self-rule
Scott, J. Barton, author
Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2016
Introduction: against the priest -- A singular species of despotism -- A popular history of priestcraft in all ages and nations -- Reform affinities -- Guru is God -- Pope-lila -- Astral ethics -- Conclusion: the circulation of self-rule.
Baker Berry BL1153.5 .S33 2016

Sacred spaces : exploring traditions of shared faith in India
Sikand, Yoginder, 1967-
New Delhi ; Penguin Books, 2003
Visits twenty-five popular pilgrimage sites in India, highlighting the various religious cults found throughout the country.
Baker Berry BL2765.I5 S54 2003

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