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The Description for this book, Islam in Modern History, will be forthcoming.
Wilfred Cantwell Smith investigates and contemplates religious experience in a variety of different traditions. This book is for those who seek understanding and tolerance of others and serves to reaffirm one's own faith, or illuminate one's lack of it, by revealing how others find paths to God.
Today the concept of believing is generally considered to be of central significance to one's faith. Smith traces the history of believing through a discussion of religious belief from a modern philosophical and linguistic perspective; an assessment of the history of the words belief and believe ; as well as through the study of biblical passages. Smith's comprehensive enquiry reveals that this emphasis on its importance is a relatively modern phenomenon.
Is what, or whether, one believes the significant religious question? Although the religious communities differ in belief, how much do they really differ in faith? Do two people who assert a particular statement of belief necessarily share the same faith? Written by a highly respected scholar in the field of comparative religion, these issues are directly addressed in this investigation of the personal quality of faith, and its relationship to the concept of belief.
Sinceits founding by Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, Religion and Reason has been a leading forum for contributions on theories, theoretical issues and agendas related to the phenomenon and the study of religion. Topics include (among others) category formation, comparison, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, methodology, myth, phenomenology, philosophy of science, scientific atheism, structuralism, and theories of religion. From time to time the series publishes volumes that map the state of the art and the history of the discipline.