This comprehensive study of the intersection of death and religion offers a unique look at how religious people approach death in the twenty-first century. Previous scholarship has largely focused on traditional beliefs and paid little attention to how religious traditions evolve in relation to their changing social context. Employing a sociological approach, "Death and Religion in a Changing World" describes how people from a wide variety of faiths draw on and adapt traditional beliefs and practices as they deal with death in modern societies. The book includes coverage of newly emerging social and religious phenomena that are only just beginning to be analyzed by religion scholars, such as public shrines, the role of the media, spiritual bereavement groups, and the use of the Internet in death practices.
The Prophet Amos was faced with problems that may be familiar to many of us. Israel was booming, its boundaries expanding, and things were looking good. Below the surface however greed and injustice were festering and hypocritical religious motions had replaced true worship. Amos' unflinching warnings about sin and its effects were not popular, and Amos lived up to the meaning of his name - 'burden bearer' - we can learn much from what he had to say. Helpful notes bring the significance of these chapters into focus, and speak clearly to us today. Geared for Growth study materials encourage:
Keith Yandell's Philosophy of Religion: a Contemporary Introduction was one of the first textbooks to explore the philosophy of religion with reference to religions other than Christianity. A decade later, this fully revised and updated edition deals lucidly with representative views from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Jainism, as well as addressing topical debates and issues such as as intelligent design.
Exploring the nature of religion and philosophy, and introducing key thinkers in the history of the field, Yandell guides students through the varieties of religion and of religious experience, the relationships between faith and reason and religion and science, and examines fundamental problems religion seeks to address, such as the nature of ultimate reality and the problem of evil.
This diverse and comprehensive approach makes this rich and stimulating reading for students of philosophy of religion at undergraduate level.
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