Higher Education

Understanding Religion in a Global Society, 1st Edition

  • Kent E. Richter College of DuPage
  • Eva M. Räpple College of DuPage
  • John C. Modschiedler College of DuPage
  • R. Dean Peterson College of DuPage
  • ISBN-10: 0534559956  |  ISBN-13: 9780534559953
  • 408 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.75



UNDERSTANDING RELIGION IN GLOBAL SOCIETY is an accessible and timely introduction to religion that encourages students to explore actively the breadth and depth of the religious within the context of the current geo-political outlook. Using the phenomenological method, major religious traditions are analyzed in light of the opportunities and challenges posed by the forces of globalization. Organized topically, this textbook fosters deeper levels of understanding via engaging commentary and pedagogy and a robust website. Above all, this text assists students in questioning, exploring, and analyzing diverse religious contexts and in comparing the beliefs, rituals, texts, art, and individual and social aspects of religion.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Studying Religion in Global Society.
2. What is Religion?
3. The Absolute, the Ultimate, the Holy.
4. Origins and Founders.
5. World Scriptures.
6. Myths, Stories, and History.
7. Suffering and Evil.
8. Religion and Art.
9. Ritual.
10. Religion, Morality and Ethics.
11. Religious Experience.
12. Salvation and the Meaning of Life.
13. Religion, Personality, and the Individual.
14. Religion and Society in a Global Age.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kent E. Richter

Kent Richter is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the College of DuPage. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University and an MA in Philosophy from Colorado State University. He regularly teaches World Religions, Asian Religions and Philosophy of Religion. Special interests include comparative religious philosophy and the Problem of Evil. He has completed sabbatical travel in India and Turkey.

Eva M. Räpple

Eva Marie Räpple is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at College of DuPage. She holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews/ Scotland, an M.A. in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago/Illinois, and M. A. equivalents in Latin and Theology from the University of Frankfurt/Germany. Dr. Räpple is the author of THE METAPHOR OF THE CITY IN THE APOCALYPSE OF JOHN.

John C. Modschiedler

John C. Modschiedler is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at College of DuPage. He holds a B.A. from Elmhurst College, a B.D. from Eden Theological Seminary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He studied at Berlin Theological Seminary and at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1962-65, with a World Council of Churches Ecumenical Exchange Scholarship and a Fulbright Scholarship. He has taught philosophy, ethics, and religious studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, William Rainey Harper College, and Elmhurst College.

R. Dean Peterson

R. Dean Peterson received a Ph.D. from St. Louis University and is currently Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at College of DuPage.