Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Jeffrey J. Kripal
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  • ISBN-10: 0028662881
  • ISBN-13: 9780028662886
  • DDC: 200
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 450 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released December 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies serves as a primer to the study of religion. By employing literature, film, art, history, and other disciplines, the approximately 22 thematic chapters begin with a brief history of the modern practice, segue into religion and the social sciences, continues with chapters on gnosticism, material culture, studies of myths and rituals, which serve as introductions to the subfields covered in the succeeding nine volumes in the series. Targeting undergraduates as well as the educated lay reader, Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies introduces themes of subsequent volumes in the series as well as a selection of additional topics (e.g., environment, medicine, poetry). 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.

Features and Benefits

  • RELIGION: SOURCES, PERSPECTIVES, AND METHODOLOGIES introduces the discipline and the many subfields of religion, across many traditions; provides a history of contemporary theologies inspired by various forms of social activism (liberation theology, black theology, feminist theology, queer theology, and green theology; discusses contemporary religious currents in the context of globalization, explaining how immigration, social media, and geopolitics have put the different religions in conversation and in conflict in new ways.
  • Peer-reviewed signed chapters are written by eminent scholars.
  • This volume includes a glossary, bibliographies of worked cited and suggestions for further reading, 27 images/charts/graphs, and an index.



  • Jeffrey J. Kripal

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028662873 | ISBN-13: 9780028662879


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series.
Volume Introduction.
1. Social Religion.
2. Beyond Religion.
3. Just Religion.
4. Material Religion.
5. Embodied Religion.
6. Secret Religion.
7. Mental Religion.
8. Super Religion.
9. Narrating Religion.
10. New Religion.
11. Comparative Religion.
12. Postcolonial Religion.
13. Natural Religion.
14. Indigenous Religion.
15. Reasonable Religion.
16. Revealed Religion.
17. Global Religion.
18. Möbius Religion.
19. Virtual Religion.
20. Medical Religion.
21. Legal Religion.
22. Poetic Religion.