Religion: Narrating Religion, 1st Edition

  • Sarah Iles Johnston The Ohio State University
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  • ISBN-10: 002866292X
  • ISBN-13: 9780028662923
  • DDC: 200
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 450 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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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.

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 the concept of narrating religious experience through rituals, oral traditions, written speech, visual arts, and more.
  • Peer-reviewed chapters are written by eminent scholars in the field.
  • Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and summaries for each chapter.
  • 31 images.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028662911 | ISBN-13: 9780028662916

Table of Contents

Introduction: Narrating Religion.
Chapter 1: Sacred Texts.
Chapter 2: Ritual and Narrative.
Chapter 3: Myth and Ritual.
Chapter 4: Actually, You Can Compare Apples to Oranges: Secrets of Successful Comparison of Myths.
Chapter 5: Narrating the Faith in Greek Orthodox Liturgy.
Chapter 6: Myth and Ritual in Modern Paganisms.
Chapter 7: Narratives That Do Things.
Chapter 8: Constructing Belief through Narrative Engagement.
Chapter 9: Narrating Supernatural Experiences.
Chapter 10: How Myths and Other Stories Help to Create and Sustain Beliefs.
Chapter 11: Narrating through Images.
Chapter 12: Reading Iconography as Narrative.
Chapter 13: Narrating the Future.
Chapter 14: The Lifestory of the Buddha.
Chapter 15: The Biography of a Pagan Saint: Apollonius of Tyana.
Chapter 16: The Lives of Christian Saints.
Chapter 17: Religion Goes to the Movies.
Chapter 18: Screen Narratives: Film and Television.
Chapter 19: Talmud.
Chapter 20: Narrating the Upaniá¹£ads.
Chapter 21: Preservation and Adaptation of Norse Myth.
Chapter 22: Narrating Religion through Museums.
Chapter 23: On the Mythologies of Scholarship: The Deep Narratives of the Study of Religion and Some Possible Futures.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sarah Iles Johnston

Sarah Iles Johnston is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. She is the author and editor of many volumes, including Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide (2004), Ancient Greek Divination (2008), and Ritual Texts for the Afterlife (with Fritz Graf, 2nd ed., 2013).