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The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue by Leonard Swidler
  

The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue

Synopsis

The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue by Leonard Swidler

Religion is the most fundamental, comprehensive of all human activities. It tries to make sense out of not simply one or other aspect of human life, but of all aspects of human experience. At the core of every civilization lies its religion, which both reflects and shapes it. Thus, if we wish to understand human life in general and our specific culture and history, we need to understand religion. What is religion? As this comprehensive work shows, religion is an explanation of the ultimate meaning of life and how to live accordingly, based on a notion of the Transcendent. Normally it contains the four \u0022C's\u0022: Creed, Code, Cult, Community-structure. This volume looks at the ways we humans have developed to study religion. It also examines the new age in human consciousness that is now drawing. It also examines the new age in human consciousness that is now dawning: The Age of Global Dialogue, a radically new consciousness that shifts the ways we understand everything in life, including religion. This global dialogical way of understanding life does not lead to one global religion, but it does lead toward a consciously acknowledged common set of ethical principles, a Global Ethic. The book looks at these two movements -- the Age of Global Dialogue and inchoative Global Ethic -- in order to help readers understand what is going on around them, so they may make informed, intelligent decisions about the meaning of life and how to live it.

Reviews

Both dialogue and a global ethic have been discussed elsewhere, but linking them together and then combining them with the study of religion is this book's genuinely distinctive achievement. This accomplishment makes a major contribution to a singularly important discussion. -Walter Conn, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University [T]his study uniquely suggests...a dialogical approach to the study of religion and suggests a global ethnic as a viable beginning. -William Cenkner, Katharine Drexel Professor of Religion, The Catholic University of America


About the Author

Leonard Swidler is Professor of Religion at Temple University.Paul Mojzes is Academic Dean and Professor of Religious Studies at Rosemont College.

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Publication date

1st August 2000

Author

Leonard Swidler

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Temple University Press,U.S.

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Paperback
229 pages

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9781566397933

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