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Religion: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion, 1st Edition

  • Jeffrey J. Kripal Rice University
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  • ISBN-10: 002866356X
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663562
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 5000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016
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About

Overview

The Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion Series is composed of ten volumes (available individually) that serve undergraduate college students who have had little or no exposure to the study of religion, as well as the curious lay reader. Beginning with a primer volume, which introduces both the discipline and the topics of the remaining nine volumes, each handbook will usher the reader into a subfield of the study of religion, and explore fifteen to thirty topics in that subfield. By employing literature, film, art, history, and other disciplines, the handbooks identify areas of critical thought and practice in the study of religion. Each volume boasts peer-reviewed signed chapters written by eminent scholars, and include bibliographies to encourage further exploration. Each volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

Features and Benefits

  • The volumes combine features of an introductory textbook with those of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user, possibly encouraging students who might not otherwise consider majoring in the study of religion.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, case studies, and other disciplines or situations/events provide illustrations of human experiences which work as gateways to questions philosophers try to address.
  • Individual disciplines can be integrated to form new and unique areas of study; their sources and techniques can be merged to meet evolving research needs.
  • Each of the 10 volumes is overseen by a specialist in its field; peer-reviewed signed chapters are written by eminent scholars.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028663497 | ISBN-13: 9780028663494

Table of Contents

List of Volumes within the Series:
Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies.
Religion: Social Religion.
Religion: Beyond Religion.
Religion: Just Religion.
Religion: Material Religion.
Religion: Embodied Religion.
Religion: Secret Religion.
Religion: Mental Religion.
Religion: Super Religion.
Religion: Narrating Religion.

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Religion: Social Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028662903 | ISBN-13: 9780028662909)

Religion: Social Religion is broken into four parts: psychology of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and the historical method. Each section will start with an overview of the discipline, then cover the originative figures who shaped the field, followed by a historical and contemporary view of the field, and concluding with the major criticisms, debates, and future of the field. Targeting undergraduates as well as the educated lay reader, Religion: Social Religion introduces the study of religion through the lens of social science. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, include illustrations, and offer bibliographies to encourage further research. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

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Religion: Beyond Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663616 | ISBN-13: 9780028663616)

Religion: Beyond Religion introduces the reader to life outside of religion via the study of secularity. Composed of twenty thematic chapters, this volume begins with an overview chapter designed to familiarize the reader with common terms used in the field. The book's first section focuses on how secularity functions in society, its second section on the psychological and philosophical aspects of secularity. Throughout the volume, the chapters discuss many alternatives to religion, including atheism, agnosticism, and humanism. A broader discussion of how society is becoming more secular and why people choose to be nonreligious echoes through each chapter. Using an interdisciplinary approach, undergraduate and lay readers are given a deeper understanding of the study of religion. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

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Religion: Just Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663594 | ISBN-13: 9780028663593)

Religion: Just Religion explores social justice issues concerning race, gender, class, and the environment and the ways in which religion interacts with and influences them. Composed of eighteen thematic chapters, this volume begins each discussion with a historical overview, proceeds to several chapters on how religion approaches and shapes the topic at hand, and concludes with a chapter on continuing challenges and concerns. This volume closes with a section on the human future, including a discussion of trans humanism and futurism within the study of religion. Using an interdisciplinary approach, undergraduate and lay readers are given a deeper understanding of the study of religion. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

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Religion: Material Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663624 | ISBN-13: 9780028663623)

Religion: Material Religion explores religion and the arts through visual and material culture. Composed of eighteen thematic chapters, this volume discusses the various aesthetic elements of religious art. The first section, “Sensing the Arts of Material Religion” focuses generally on the five senses and how we interpret religious elements in art, architecture, dance, film, music, photography and more. The second section, “Experiencing the Sacred through Material Religion” uses museum exhibits, calligraphy, relics, and rituals to explore creation of sacred spaces as well as how placement of art can affect the sacredness of material religion. Using an interdisciplinary approach, undergraduate and lay readers are given a deeper understanding of the study of religion. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

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Religion: Embodied Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028662989 | ISBN-13: 9780028662985)

Composed of twenty-two thematic chapters, Embodied Religion orients students and scholars to the critical study of religion, gender, sexuality, and the body. The introduction and first section provide a foundational overview of key terms, topics, and questions for such scholarly work. In the second section, essays examine the multiple and complex ways that various traditions—from Hinduism to Christianity to Paganism—seek to regulate and celebrate embodiment and desire. A final section examines relevant theoretical approaches, including ethnography, phenomenology, queer studies, and disability studies. The volume also includes bibliographies filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index, all of which aid the reader in exploring this rich, rewarding, and relevant field.

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Religion: Secret Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663578 | ISBN-13: 9780028663579)

Religion: Secret Religion is part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series dedicated to the study of religion. Composed of twenty-four thematic chapters, this volume looks at the margins of religion or religious texts and traditions that are not considered authoritative by orthodox communities. The volume is broken down into three sections that correspond with different classifications of religion in the margins: gnosticism, with its focuses on knowledge of a transcendent God who is the source of life and the human spirit; esotericism, with its focus on private religion kept from the public and critical of orthodoxy; and mysticism, with its focus on immediate contact with the ultimate reality. Each classification will be explored historically and comparatively to give the reader a more rounded understanding. The volume also includes bibliographies, filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index, all of which aid the reader in exploring this rich, rewarding, and relevant field.

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Religion: Mental Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663608 | ISBN-13: 9780028663609)

Religion: Mental Religion is part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series dedicated to the study of religion. Composed of twenty-two thematic chapters, this volume highlights religion, cognition, and the brain. The volume is broken down into five sections that view religious phenomena through different scientific lenses, including evolutionary psychology, evolutionary anthropology, cognitive linguistics, cognition and culture, and neuroscience. This volume strives to represent a variety of religious practices and beliefs as well as a diversity of scientific approaches. The reader is encouraged to engage these different disciplinary perspectives to develop an understanding of the relationship between human cognition and religious experience. The volume also includes bibliographies, filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index, all of which aid the reader in exploring this multidisciplinary and relevant field.

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Religion: Super Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028663586 | ISBN-13: 9780028663586)

Religion: Super Religion is part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series dedicated to the study of religion. Composed of twenty-five thematic chapters, this volume reexamines the supernatural in the study of religion for the next generation of students and scholars. Toward this same end, Super Religion takes a robust interdisciplinary approach to a wide variety of religious traditions to engage with new thinking about such classical and contemporary topics as spirits, possession, vision, deification, the miraculous, magical powers, and the paranormal. Fields as diverse as modern medicine, philosophy, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, folklore studies, postcolonial criticism, popular culture studies, and New Testament criticism come into play. The volume also includes bibliographies, filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index, all of which aid the reader in exploring the fantastic terrain of this ancient and yet ever new mode of human experience and inquiry.

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Religion: Narrating Religion  (ISBN-10: 002866292X | ISBN-13: 9780028662923)

Religion: Narrating Religion is part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series dedicated to the study of religion. Composed of twenty-three thematic chapters, this volume examines the ways in which people express ideas about religions and within religions, through oral and written speech, rituals, and the visual arts. The first section concentrates on the role of narratives in the expression of religious beliefs and what people think those narratives can be used to do. The second section looks at the role of narratives in helping to create and sustain beliefs. How people tell stories about religions is the focus of the third section. The final section addresses the ways in which religious beliefs and practices have been interpreted by people who have tried to understand, use, and critique them. The volume also includes bibliographies, filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeffrey J. Kripal

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University. He is the author of numerous books, including COMPARING RELIGIONS: COMING TO TERMS, with Ata Anzali, Andrea R. Jain, and Erin Prophet (2014); AUTHORS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE: THE PARANORMAL AND THE SACRED (2010); and THE SERPENT’S GIFT: GNOSTIC REFLECTIONS ON THE STUDY OF RELIGION (2007). Kripal's work has ranged from the study of erotic mystical literature in both India and the West to the analysis of extraordinary religious experiences from the ancient world to today. His most recent work focuses on the same extreme states as windows into the deeper nature of mind or consciousness.