Understanding Religious Violence: Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies by James Dingley, Marcello Mollica
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Overview: This book addresses the problem of religiously based conflict and violence via six case studies. It stresses particularly the structural and relational aspects of religion as providing a sense of order and a networked structure that enables people to pursue quite prosaic and earthly concerns. The book examines how such concerns link material and spiritual salvation into a holy alliance. As such, whilst the religions concerned may be different, they address the same problems and provide similar explanations for meaning, success, and failure in life. Each author has conducted their own field-work in the religiously based conflict regions they discuss, and together the collection offers perspectives from a variety of different national backgrounds and disciplines.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
The Religious Nile: Water, Ritual and Society Since Ancient Egypt by Terje Oestigaard
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Overview: The Nile is arguably the most famous river in the world. For millennia, the search for its source defeated emperors and explorers. Yet the search for its source also contained a religious quest – a search for the origin of its divine and life-giving waters. Terje Oestigaard reveals how the beliefs associated with the river have played a key role in the cultural development and make-up of the societies and civilizations associated with it. Drawing upon his personal experience and fieldwork in Africa, including details of rites and ceremonies now fast disappearing, the author brings out in rich detail the religious and spiritual meanings attached to the life-giving waters by those whose lives are so bound to the river. Part religious quest, part exploration narrative, the author shows how this mighty river is a powerful source for a greater understanding of human nature, society and religion.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle by means of Kathleen Flake
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Overview: Between 1901 and 1907, a vast coalition of Protestant church buildings sought to expel newly elected Reed Smoot from the Senate, arguing that as an apostle within the Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints, Smoot was once a lawbreaker and due to this fact not worthy to be a lawmaker. The ensuing Senate investigative listening to featured testimony on each peculiarity of Mormonism, particularly its polygamous circle of relatives construction.
The Smoot listening to in the end mediated a compromise between Progressive Era Protestantism and Mormonism and resolved the country’s long-standing "Mormon Problem." On a broader scale, Kathleen Flake displays how this landmark listening to equipped the instance for the country-through its elected representatives, the day by day press, citizen petitions, and social reform activism-to rethink the scope of non secular unfastened workout within the new century.
Flake contends that the Smoot listening to was once the forge through which the Latter-day Saints, the Protestants, and the Senate hammered out a type for church-state family members, shaping for a brand new technology of non-Protestant and non-Christian Americans what it supposed to be unfastened and spiritual. In addition, she discusses the Latter-day Saints’ use of narrative and collective reminiscence to retain their spiritual id whilst they modified to satisfy the country’s calls for.
Genre: Non-Fiction – History
Basics of Religious Education
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Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845-1885 by Inessa Medzhibovskaya
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Overview: The first book-length study on the subject in any language, Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time treats Tolstoy’s experience as a massive philosophical and religious project rather than a crisis-laden tragedy. Inessa Medzhibovskaya explainsthe evolution of Tolstoy’s religious outlook based on his ongoing dialogue with the tradition of conversion in Europe and Russia, as well as on the demands of his own heart, mind, and spirit. The author contextualizes Tolstoy’s conversion, comparing hispattern of religious conversion with that of other notable religious converts-Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Luther, Pascal, Rousseau-as well with that of Tolstoy’s countrymen-Pushkin, Gogol, Chaadaev, Stankevich, Belinsky, Herzen, and Dostoevsky. Stressingthe importance of the religious culture of his time for Tolstoy, this study investigates the nineteenth century debates that inspired and repelled Tolstoy as he weighed arguments for or against faith in his dialogues with the culture of his time, covering widely differing fields and disciplines of experimental knowledge. The author considers German Romantic philosophy, the natural sciences, pragmatist religious solutions, theories of social progress and evolution, and the historical school of Christianity.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs