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Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Robert S. (University of Southern California, USA) Ellwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Introducing Religion explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. Providing a broad overview to the discipline of religious studies this textbook introduces students to engaging and contemporary topics such as: sociology of religion psychology of religion history of religion religion and art religious ethics popular religion religion and violence Thoroughly updated throughout this fifth edition includes images, further reading, a detailed glossary, cases studies and key terms for revision. This is the essential textbook for students approaching this subject area for the first time.

Les Y zidiz

Les Y zidiz

Author: Joachim Menant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Les Y zidiz

Les Y zidiz

Author: Joachim Menant Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Music, Branding and Consumer Culture in Church Hillsong in Focus

Music, Branding and Consumer Culture in Church Hillsong in Focus

Author: Tom (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) Wagner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Starting as a single congregation in Australia, Hillsong Church now has campuses worldwide, releases worship music that sells millions of albums and its ministers regularly appear in mainstream media. So, how has a single church gained such international prominence? This book offers an ethnographic exploration of the ways in which music and marketing have been utilised in the pursuit and production of spiritual experience for members of Hillsong Church. An experience that has proven to be incredibly popular. The main theme of this book is that marketing, specifically branding, is not just a way to sell religion, but rather an integral part of spiritual experience in consumer society. Focussing on the London Hillsong church as a case study, the use of its own music in tandem with strong branding is shown to be a co- and re-productive method of organizing, patterning, and communicating information. The church provides the branded material and cultural context in which participants' sacred experience of self unfolds. However, this requires participants to do the work to properly understand, and ultimately embody, the values associated with the brand. This book raises important questions about the role of branding and music in forming modern scared identities. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religious Studies, Ethnomusicology and Media Studies.

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Author: Celia Wolf-Devine Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Naming God explores the way gender structures our understanding of that reality which transcends our experience. It is intended to promote reflection and to avoid an adversarial us versus them approach by presenting a variety of perspectives, looking at the reasons offered by each and trying to bring them into dialogue.

The Rhetoric of Faith Irenaeus and the Structure of the 'Adversus Haereses'

The Rhetoric of Faith Irenaeus and the Structure of the 'Adversus Haereses'

Author: Scott D. Moringiello Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

The Rhetoric of Faith argues that the structure of Irenaeus's opus mag-num, the Adversus Haereses, is the argument of the Adversus Haereses. Through a close reading of Irenaeus's text, as well as through a com-parison with Greco-Roman rhetorical texts, Scott Moringiello argues that Irenaeus structured his argument around the articles of the faith of the Church and that this structure builds on tropes found in the Greco- Roman rhetorical tradition. The argument focuses on the Adversus Haereses, although it does be-gin with some discussion to put Irenaeus in the context of second cen-tury Christian literature. Moringiello concludes with a discussion of Ire-naeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching. Other scholars have provided introductions to Irenaeus's work, and other scholars have argued for the structural unity of the Adversus Haer-eses. No other scholar, though, has argued that the faith of the Church is the basis of Irenaeus's argument. This argument, then, presents an im-portant contribution to the field of Irenaeus studies. Beyond the study of Irenaeus, though, The Rhetoric of Faith offers a contribution to the field of early Christian studies. It argues that the field should focus more on how early Christian authors make their ar-guments by attending to the theologically-informed rhetorical strategies they use.

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Author: Celia Wolf-Devine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Naming God explores the way gender structures our understanding of that reality which transcends our experience. It is intended to promote reflection and to avoid an adversarial us versus them approach by presenting a variety of perspectives, looking at the reasons offered by each and trying to bring them into dialogue.

Tragedies and Christian Congregations The Practical Theology of Trauma

Tragedies and Christian Congregations The Practical Theology of Trauma

Author: Christopher (University of Exeter, UK) Southgate Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2019

When tragedy strikes a community, it is often unexpected with long-lasting effects on the people left in its wake. Too often, there aren't adequate systems in place to aid those affected in processing what has happened. This study uniquely combines practical theology, pastoral insight and scientific data to demonstrate how Christian congregations can be helped to be resilient in the face of sudden devastating events. Beginning by identifying the characteristics of trauma in individuals and communities, this collection of essays from practitioners and academics locates sudden trauma-inducing tragedies as a problem in practical theology. A range of biblical and theological responses are presented, but contemporary scientific understanding is also included in order to challenge and stretch some of these traditional theological resources. The pastoral section of the book examines the ethics of response to tragedy, locating the role of the minister in relation to other helping agencies and exploring the all-too-topical issue of ministerial abuse. Developing a nuanced rationale for good practical, pastoral, liturgical and theological responses to major traumas, this book will be of significant value to scholars of practical theology as well as practitioners counselling in and around church congregations.

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation From Nation-State to Market

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation From Nation-State to Market

Author: Francois (University of Fribourg Switzerland) Gauthier Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

This book argues that the last four decades have seen profound and important changes in the nature and social location of religion, and that those changes are best understood when cast against the associated rise of consumerism and neoliberalism. These transformations are often misunderstood and underestimated, namely because the study of religion remains dependent on the secularisation paradigm which can no longer provide a sufficiently fruitful framework for analysis. The book challenges diagnoses of transience and fragmentation by proposing an alternative narrative and set of concepts for understanding the global religious landscape. The present situation is framed as the result of a shift from a National-Statist to a Global-Market regime of religion. Adopting a holistic perspective that breaks with the current specialisation tendencies, it charts the emergence of the State and the Market as institutions and ideas related to social order, as well as their changing rapports from classical modernity to today. Breaking with a tradition of Western-centeredness, the book offers probing enquiries into Indonesia and a synthesis of global and Western trends. This long-awaited book offers a bold new vision for the social scientific study of religion and will be of great interest to all scholars of the Sociology and Anthropology of religion, as well as Religious Studies in general.

With Him Listening to the Underside of the World

With Him Listening to the Underside of the World

Author: Bruno, OP Cadore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

With a foreword by Timothy Radcliffe OP Bruno Cadore has recently completed his nine year term as Master of the worldwide Dominican Order - an order which includes men and women, friars and nuns and also a very large `Third Order' of lay people and workers. To be Master of the order means constant travel, living out of a suitcase. But as a result of this experience, Cadore has developed a new and invigorating vision of the Charism of the Dominican Order, the res dominicana. Cadore's father was born in Martinique and thus remained something of an outsider to European culture - this background has been an essential part of the vision he has brought to the role. But this book is fundamentally about engagement, engagement the Dominican way. Cadore talks of the murder of the Dominican bishop Pierre Claverie by Muslim fundamentalists, the community of Dominican nuns and brothers who continue to live and work in Baghdad, and his own experience of extreme poverty when he returned to work among the native people in Haiti. In the pages of this book, Cadore, in an incisive and illuminating manner, writes of the future of the planet, of humankind, of a universal conscience which is compassionate and demanding but focussed always on the Dominican motto, the one word: Truth. This book may be of Dominican inspiration but it is a book which should be read by all people of goodwill.