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The enormous growth of evangelicalism is one of the major developments in recent American life. Like other scholars, Jorstad acknowledges that evangelicalism has grown because it is theologically attractive. But Jorstad also attributes the growth of the evangelical movement to its relationship with American popular culture. According to the author, the evangelical movement was able to integrate populist, democratic traditions with a cultural inclusiveness, a mastery of high technology, and a willingness to use mass media to spread its views. The book contains three sections. The first traces the development of evangelical subculture between 1960 and 1990. The second part discusses the evangelical movement and social and individual values. The third part explores popular religion and the media. The book considers the involvement of evangelicals in popular religion, the appeal of popular religion to many but not to all evangelicals, the similarities between popular religion and more traditional religious organizations, and the means by which evangelicalism effectively utilizes the many genres and styles of popular culture.
Many modes of religious expression and experience have a markedly aesthetic component, even though aesthetic delight itself often appears to be free of moral or religious interests. In this ground-breaking work, Frank Burch Brown shows how aesthetics, no less than ethics, can play a central role in the study of religion and in the practice of theology.
The first edition of this award-winning reference, published in 1977, contained 425 biographical profiles of the most significant American religious figures. This new edition includes profiles for 125 additional people, and the earlier biographical sketches have been revised and updated. The volume includes religious leaders who died before July 1, 1992. Among its pages are entries for reformers, philosophers, social activists, doers and dreamers. While many of the people are mainstream, white ordained clergymen, many more stand outside traditional denominations and reflect the cultural and religious diversity of modern America. The result is a systematic overview of 400 years of American religion from the colonial period to the present day. Each profile begins with a capsule summary of the chief events in that person's life. The biographical essay that follows places the basic facts of the figure's life within the larger context of American religious history. A bibliography of the most significant works by and about the figure concludes each entry. Appendices at the end of the work categorize each individual by religious denomination and by place of birth.
The Magus, a legendary magician of superhuman powers, is an archetype central to myth and religion across many cultures. Identifying its anthropological origins in ancient rituals performed by a shaman or wizard to ensure the prosperity of his tribe, E. M. Butler goes on to trace its subsequent development in pre-Christian religious and mystic philosophers, in medieval sorcerers and alchemists, and finally in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century occult revival. From Zoroaster to Solomon, Merlin to Faust, Cagliostro to Rasputin, legends of the Magus are explored and where possible compared with the historical record in this fascinating account, first published in 1948, of one of the major figures in religious and occult mythology.
Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher (1732) is Berkeley's main work of philosophical theology and a crucial source of his views on meaning and language. This edition contains the four most important dialogues and a selection of critical essays and commentaries reflecting the response of such writers as Hutcheson, Mill and Antony Flew. The only single edition currently in print, it argues that Alciphron has a more important place both in the Berkeley canon and in early modern philosophy than is generally thought.
The concept of 'scripture' as written religious text is re-examined in this close analysis of the traditions of oral use of the sacred writings of religions around the world. Pointing out the central importance of the oral and aural experience of religious texts in the life of religious communities of both Eastern and Western cultures, William Graham asserts the need for a new perspective on how scripture has been appropriated and used by the vast majority of all people who have been religious, most of whom could neither read nor write. Graham first probes the history of literacy, focusing on the prominent role of the written word in modern Western culture and its history in Western civilisation. He then considers the unique case of scripture, examining the problems of communication of texts to illiterate or semi-literate religious communities, the various oral uses of scripture, and affective impact of the spoken holy word vis-a-vis the silently written page.
This reference provides a thorough survey of the theology of and from Africa. The first part of the work presents a historical overview of African theology, while the second part includes citations for more than 600 books and articles. The citations are grouped in topical chapters, and each entry is accompanied by a descriptive and evaluative annotation. The entries focus on works published from 1955 to 1992, and cover sources that exemplify the importance of social and cultural analyses and the various types of African theology. Most of the sources have been published in Africa, the United States, or Great Britain. While most are in English, many are in French. Young begins with a narrative discussion of the history of African theology. This section includes chapters on the Christianization of African traditional religion, the Africanization of Christianity, and the impact of Black theology in South Africa. The annotated bibliography follows. The bibliography is divided into four chapters, which contain entries on historical and social analysis, traditional religion in Africa, African theology during different periods, and Black South African theology. The volume concludes with indexes of names, titles, and subjects.
UFO cults, the Order of the Golden Dawn, Spiritualism, and Theosophy are among the cults of the 19th and 20th centuries described by Ellwood (religion, U. of Southern California). He also delves into why such alternative religions tend to flourish in places settled by the British. An appendix discus
This book is an invitation to awareness and to life. It is offered in the hope that the reflections it contains will help you feel welcome at the feast of life. May they serve to remind you that Grace come in many flavors. And nay you leave this book hungry, lonely, and empty no longer.
Marginal religions in the United States have been supportive of women taking leadership roles at least since the nineteenth century. In Women's Leadership in Marginal Religions, historians, folklorists, and theologians explore what factors within these groups support women's religious leadership. The religions examined are Shakerism, Pentecostalism, Spiritualism, Christian Science, the Theosophical movement, New Thought, Unity, Hindu, and Buddhist groups, African-American Spiritual churches in New Orleans, the feminist spirituality movement, the Women-Church movement among Roman Catholic women, and Mormonism.