The dialogue between science and religion is one of the most prominent and
visible discourses of our time. The complex but enduring relationship between
the sciences and diverse world religions has now transformed itself into what
some are calling a new scholarly field of science and religion. This multifaceted
conversation has developed into a sustained and dynamic discourse with direct
implications for contemporary culture. This discourse affects all religions, in
both their intellectual and social dimensions.
This paper examines the reasons for studying religion and the necessity for teacher, student, administrative or parental involvement in the process of learning about religious diversity. Chidester suggests that the study of religion and religious diversity can usefully be brought into conversation with recent research on new formations of citizenship.
In this paper we argue that religion and welfare state spending are substitute mecha-
nisms that insure individuals against adverse life events. As a result, individuals who
are religious will prefer lower levels of social insurance provision than will individuals
who are secular, and countries that are more religious on average will have lower levels
of welfare state spending.
This little volume is a contribution to the comparative study of religions. It is an endeavor to present in a critically correct light some of the fundamental conceptions which are found in the native beliefs of the tribes of America. So little has heretofore been done in this field that it has yielded a very scanty harvest for purposes of general study. It has not yet even passed the stage where the distinction between myth and tradition has been recognized. Nearly all historians continue to write about some of the American hero-gods as if they had been chiefs of...
In The Varieties of Religious Experience the late Professor William James has said (p. 465): 'The religious
phenomenon, studied as an inner fact, and apart from ecclesiastical or theological complications, has shown
itself to consist everywhere, and at all its stages, in the consciousness which individuals have of an intercourse
between themselves and higher powers with which they feel themselves to be related. This intercourse is
realised at the time as being both active and mutual.
A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. “A must for mythology shelves.”--Booklist
Religions have too often been used to justify the violation of human
rights, in part through the hierarchical and selective use of role ethics
and the postponement of temporal justice to divine judgment or future
karmic consequences. Yet the world religions have also provided a constant
voice of critique against the violation of human rights by calling for equality,
and universal compassion and love, calls which reach far beyond the
mere protection of human rights.
In Kant’s writings, the topic of religion occupies a strategic space at the
confluence of epistemology, ethics, and politics. Inquiries into the validity
of religious truth claims and the possible meanings of religious writings
and images form a vital part of Kant’s ethical and political project. This
project focuses on advancing human autonomy, both individually and in
terms of political concerns with shared worldviews, laws, and rights.
The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying is a contribution to the understanding
of life. Scientists and poets have long recognized that life and death are
so intimately entwined that knowledge of one requires knowledge of the other.
The Old Testament observes that “all flesh is as grass.” Religions have addressed
the question of how one should live with the awareness of inevitable death.
Often the answer has been based upon the vision of a life beyond death.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights proclaim that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to manifest their religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance. Even today, in our democratic societies too, this fundamental right is still sometimes restricted and meets with hostility and intolerance.
.Mathematics and Religion
.Templeton Science and Religion Series
In our fast-paced and high-tech era, when visual information seems so dominant, the need for short and compelling books has increased. This conciseness and convenience is the goal of the Templeton Science and Religion Series. We have commissioned scientists in a range of fields to distill their experience and knowledge into a brief tour of their specialties. They are writing for a general audience, readers with interests in the sciences or the humanities, which includes religion and theology.
Reflective practice can be an important tool in practice-based professional learning settings where individuals learning from their own professional experiences, rather than from formal teaching or knowledge transfer, may be the most important source of personal professional development and improvement. As such the notion has achieved wide take-up, particularly in professional development for practitioners in the areas of education and healthcare. The question of how best to learn from experience has wider relevance however, to any organizational learning environment.
This chapter raises some questions about the relations between religion,
culture and mental health.
Does religion cause, exacerbate or relieve mental disorder? And
what role is played by cultural factors in the relations between mental
health and religion? Are religion’s roles in mental health similar in
An underlying task for this book and its readers is to examine several
prevalent ideas and questions about religion and mental health.
“No authentic Messiah would inspire a religion that ended up calling upon the Jews to reject the manifest meaning of Sinai. It is really that simple.” --David Klinghoffer, Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, p. 215. As we can see from the above citation, Klinghoffer has thrown down the gauntlet against Christ and Christianity. To set the stage for his treatise, Klinghoffer tells us that his book is the fruit of a twenty-year interest.
“RELIGION,” wrote Jawaharlal Nehru from a prison cell in 1944,
“though it has undoubtedly brought comfort to innumerable human beings
and stabilized society by its values, has checked the tendency to
change and progress inherent in human society.”1 About a century earlier,
Alexis de Tocqueville, after traversing the United States to examine its
prison system, instead reflected on the place of religion in democracy.
Anyone who has been in Greece at Easter time, especially among the more remote peasants, must have been
struck by the emotion of suspense and excitement with which they wait for the announcement "Christos
anestê," "Christ is risen!" and the response "Alêthôs anestê," "He has really risen!" I have referred elsewhere
to Mr. Lawson's old peasant woman, who explained her anxiety: "If Christ does not rise tomorrow we shall
have no harvest this year" (Modern Greek Folklore, p. 573).
A few years since, the Editor of the following pages published a volume of "Religious Creeds and Statistics;"
and, as the work, although quite limited, met with general approbation, he has been induced to publish another
of the same nature, but on a much larger plan, trusting that it will prove more useful, and more worthy of
Land, people, and language, thought and religion, history and institutions, literature, cuisine, festivals and leisure activities,... as the main contents of the lecture "Culture and customs of Viet Nam". Invite you to refer to the lecture content more learning materials and research.
– WORLD HISTORY – RELIGION ORIGIN CHARACTERISTICS Hinduism India in 1500 B.C. Hinduism has no single founder; it developed over a period of 4,000 years. One of its main features is a caste system, in which people are born into a prescribed class and follow the ways of that class. They are polytheistic. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha. Buddhists believe in a cycle of rebirth. The ultimate goal of the Buddhist path is to achieve nirvana, an enlightened state free from suffering.
This book is an analysis of the relations of state, religion and politics
in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It represents research and
reflection at various times over the period of a decade, and a growing
conviction that religion-state relations need to be studied from a
comparative and historical point of view.
The central focus is the important position Hindu temples occupy
in modern Tamil Nadu politics, and the state's role in regulating and