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Religion And Culture

Author: Michel Foucault
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136685855
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Religion And Cultural Memory

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804745239
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In ten brilliant essays, Jan Assmann explores the connections between religion, culture, and memory. Building on Maurice Halbwachs's idea that memory, like language, is a social phenomenon as well as an individual one, he argues that memory has a cultural dimension too. He develops a persuasive view of the life of the past in such surface phenomena as codes, religious rites and festivals, and canonical texts on the one hand, and in the Freudian psychodrama of repressing and resurrecting the past on the other. Whereas the current fad for oral history inevitably focuses on the actual memories of the last century or so, Assmann presents a commanding view of culture extending over five thousand years. He focuses on cultural memory from the Egyptians, Babylonians, and the Osage Indians down to recent controversies about memorializing the Holocaust in Germany and the role of memory in the current disputes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East and between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Greek Religion And Culture The Bible And The Ancient Near East

Author: Jan N. Bremmer
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004164731
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This book greatly enhances our knowledge of the interrelationship of Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East by offering important analyses of Greek myths, divinities and terms like a ~magica (TM) and 'paradise', but also of the Greek contribution to the Christian notion of atonement.

Religion And Culture

Author: Bernard J. F. Lonergan
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780887062896
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While the framework of this book is Lonergan, the essays stand as original and constructive works in a number of fields and topics. The theme of the relation of religion to culture is addressed from four orientations: philosophy, theology, human science, and economics. The contributors include Stephen Toulmin, Frederick Crowe, S.J., Sebastian Moore, Walter Conn, and William Johnston, S.J. Topics covered include process thought, historical-mindedness, mysticism, religious truth and language, nuclear war, and economic transformation. Lonergan's monumental Insight (1957) and Method in Theology (1972) are substantial and powerful. The key to these and other works is method. Lonergan's thought rests on the subject's intelligent and responsible self-appropriation, grounded in creative and cooperative work from diverse disciplines. This volume demonstrates the richness and importance of the methodical collaboration called for by one of our century's greatest minds.

Religion Culture And Mental Health

Author: Kate Loewenthal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139459996
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Are religious practices involving seeing visions and speaking in tongues beneficial or detrimental to mental health? Do some cultures express distress in bodily form because they lack the linguistic categories to express distress psychologically? Do some religions encourage clinical levels of obsessional behaviour? And are religious people happier than others? By merging the growing information on religion and mental health with that on culture and mental health, Kate Loewenthal enables fresh perspectives on these questions. This book deals with different psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, manic disorders, depression, anxiety, somatisation and dissociation as well as positive states of mind, and analyses the religious and cultural influences on each.

Coping With Evil In Religion And Culture

Author: Lourens Minnema
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042023376
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The various Christian, Muslim, traditional (African), and secular (Western) ways of imagining and coping with evil collected in this volume have several things in common. The most crucial perhaps and certainly the most striking aspect is the problem of defining the nature or characteristics of evil as such. Some argue that evil has an essence that remains constant, whereas others say its interpretation depends on time and place.However much religious and secular interpretations of evil may have changed, the human search for sense and meaning never ends. Questions of whom to blame and whom to address?God, the devil, fate, bad luck, or humans'remain at the center of our explanations and our strategies to comprehend, define, counter, or process the evil we do and the evil done to us by people, God, nature, or accident. Using approaches from cultural anthropology, religious studies, theology, philosophy, psychology, and history, the contributors to this volume analyze how several religious and secular traditions imagine and cope with evil.Table of ContentsNelly van DOORN-HARDER and Lourens MINNEMA: The Problem of Defining EvilPart I: Evil in SpiritBirgit MEYER: Images of Evil in Popular Ghanaian ChristianityJacqueline BORSJE: Druids, Deer and ?Words of Power?: Coming to Terms with Evil in Medieval IrelandMarthinus L. DANEEL: Coping with Wizardry in Zimbabwe in African Initiated Churches (AICs)Edien BARTELS: The Evil Comes from Outside: Evil within Religion as a Psychosocial Problem among Adolescent Moroccan Girls in the NetherlandsJ. Kwabena ASAMOAH-GYADU: Conquering Satan, Demons, Principalities, and Powers: Ghanaian Traditional and Christian Perspectives on Religion, Evil, and DeliverancePeter VERSTEEG and Andre DROOGERS: A Schema Repertoire Approach to Exorcism: Two Case Studies of Spiritual WarfareReender KRANENBORG: How `Satanic? Is Satanism? A Normative DescriptionPart II: Evil in SocietyMartijn de KONING: ?You Follow the Path of the Shaitan; We Try to Follow the Righteous Path?: Negotiating Evil in the Identity Construction of Young Moroccan-Dutch MuslimsNelly van DOORN-HARDER: Defining Evil to the Strengthen Islam: Muhammadiyah Ideologies of Gender and MarriageFrans WIJSSEN: Beyond Ujamaa: African Religion and Societal EvilPart III: Coping with EvilAndre LASCARIS: Religion and Evil from the Perspective of Mimetic TheoryLourens MINNEMA: Coping with Human Evil: Shakespeare's Sense of Tragic RevengeEdwin KOSTER: The Power and Limits of Stories: On the Questions ?How to Cope with Evil? and ?How to Avoid Evil? Christiane TIETZ: Prayer as a Means of Coping with Evil: Approaches from the Perspective of Lutheran DogmaticsR. Ruard GANZEVOORT: Coping with Tragedy and MaliceGeneral IndexContributors to this Volume

Women Religion And Culture In Iran

Author: Sarah Ansari
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317793390
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Investigates how women, religion and culture have interacted in the context of 19th and 20th century Iran, covering topics as seemingly diverse as the social and cultural history of Persian cuisine, the work and attitudes of 19th century Christian missionaries, the impact of growing female literacy, and the consequences of developments since 1979.