Religion: Just Religion, 1st Edition

  • Anthony B. Pinn Rice University
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  • ISBN-10: 0028663594
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663593
  • DDC: 201.7
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 428 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released June 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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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.

Features and Benefits

  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, and other lenses are used to help the reader understand concepts and ideas in the study of religion.
  • The handbooks combine the features of an introductory textbook with features of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user.
  • Introduces the reader to social justice issues including race, class, gender, and the environment.
  • A special discussion on trans humanism and futurism closes the volume.
  • Peer-reviewed chapters are written by eminent scholars in the field.
  • Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and summaries for each chapter.
  • 27 images, charts, tables, maps, and diagrams.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028663527 | ISBN-13: 9780028663524


"A practical resource for beginning research and undergraduate students seeking to find the correlation between religion and the human experience. With both historical and contemporary contributions, this will also be useful to those researching history, sociology, anthropology, and theology."

— Janis Minshull

Table of Contents

Introduction: Race, Gender, Class, and the Environment.
1. What You Should Know about the History of Race.
2. Religion and the Racial Status Quo.
3. Religion’s Challenge to Racism.
4. Ongoing Issues and Concerns.
5. What You Should Know about the History of Gender.
6. Religion and the Gender Status Quo.
7. Religion’s Challenge to Gender Discrimination.
8. Ongoing Issues and Concerns.
9. What You Should Know about the History of Class.
10. Religion and the Class Status Quo.
11. Religion’s Challenge to Classism.
12. Ongoing Issues and Concerns.
13. What You Should Know about the History of Environmentalism.
14. Religion and the Human’s Relationship to the World.
15. Religious Ethics of Food and Water.
16. Ongoing Issues and Concerns.
17. Trans humanism and the Study of Religion.
18. Futurism and the Study of Religion.

Products Included

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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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Anthony B. Pinn

Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities at Rice University. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (edited with Monica R. Miller, 2014), Introducing African American Religion (2013), and African American Religious Cultures (2009).