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Many Faces of Religion and Society, The

Many Faces of Religion and Society, The
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0913757217
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1.00 lbs
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Paper

Pages
208

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


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The God series books were based on a group of meetings that brought together over 100 scholars from around the world to pursue various aspects of a contemporary discussion of God. The participants were drawn from all parts of the our world and from virtually every religious tradition. Here Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Confucianists, members of African religions, and many others meet each other face to face. Moreover, the participants come from a wide range of disciplines and from cultures East and West, North and South.

Easy generalizations about people in other traditions–or in other strands of one’s own tradition–are quickly seen to be inadequate to the living reality. And as a result participants set in motion in their own lives dynamics and processes that will bear fruit in unpredictable ways. The vast majority of participants found this to be an event of great significance for them.

There was no attempt made to impose a certain outcome on these deliberations, nor was it assumed that there was some easy unity that underlied all the multiplicity present to the discussions. Nevertheless, what emerged was a heightened awareness of the beliefs and views of others and one’s own, and a determination to pursue lines of development.

The volumes in the God: The Contemporary Discussion Series are indicative of the continued pursuit and represent “stepping stones” designed to broaden the forum of the discussions. Many of the essays presented also reflect the influence of the encounter on each individual contributor. A unique experience herein awaits the student of religion or philosophy, the seeker of knowledge of the Ultimate, the teacher of spiritual discipline, or anyone interested in the emerging confluence of the religious traditions of the world.

THE MANY FACES OF RELIGION AND SOCIETY

Despite the often repeated assertion that religion would wither away in an increasingly technological civilization, religions persist and even reassert their presence. Why is this the case? What roles do different religions play in their respective social settings? What roles should they play? Do all religions understand their social significance in the same way? Are there crucial contributions that religion can make toward understanding social dynamics and social change?

The essays in this volume contribute to the growing discussion of the multiform relationships of religious faiths, institutions, ideas, and traditions, particularly as they relate to social life. The authors represent a wide range of religious and cultural perspectives, but this absence of a common disciplinary method, a common religious tradition, and a common set of intellectual assumptions well reflects the current situation. It is from this situation that we make our way to significant exchange and genuine dialogue.

Table of Contents

Introduction
M. DARROL BRYANT AND RITA H. MATARAGNON
PART ONE Religion and Modernity
1 Civic Altruism and the Resacralization of the Political Order
RICHARD L. RUBENSTEIN
2 Modernization and Religion: Must They Move in Different Directions?
RITA H. MATARAGNON
3 Mental Health and the Dilemmas of Freudian Psychotherapy: An Eastern Perspective
PADMASIRI DE SILVA
PART TWO Social Dimensions of Religious Traditions
4 The Social Dimension of the Faith of Judaism: Phenomenological and Historic Aspects
MANFRED H. VOGEL
5 Liberation in Social Life: The Buddhist View
GESHE LOBSANG TSEPAL and ACHARYA KARMA MONLAM
6 The Social Philosophy of Dhammology
SIDDHI BUTR-INDR
7 Social and Political Dimensions of Eastern Orthodoxy
CONSTANTINE N. TSIRPANLIS
PART THREE Religion and Society: Issues and Cases
8 Social Uses and Abuses of Religion in Developing Countries
OLUSOLA OLUKUNLE
9 God and Mammon: Responses in English Christianity
JOHN ST. JOHN
10 The Discourse of Liberation Theology In Perspective
GUSTAVO BENAVIDES
11 Types of Religious Liberation: An Implicit Critique of Modern Politics
NINIAN SMART
PART FOUR Religion and Society: Some Future Directions
12 Freedom and Responsibility in a Secular World: A Christian View
HELMUT FRITZSCHE
13 God, Humanity, and Nature: The Dialectics of Interaction
T. K. OOMMEN
14 Toward a Grammar of the Spirit in Society: The Contribution of Rosenstock-Huessy
M. DARROL BRYANT
Contributors
Index

M. DARROL BRYANT is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his education at Concordia College, Harvard Divinity School, and University of St. Michael’s College. Professor Bryant has published several books and numerous articles which focus on the interface of religion, society, and culture, among them A World Broken by Unshared Bread (1970). He is also joint editor with Frederick Sontag of the volume God: The Contemporary Discussion (1982).

RITA H. MATARAGNON is Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology at Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. Presently on sabbatical leave, she is serving as a post-doctoral fellow for the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has published numerous articles on the application of social psychology to the areas of religion, housing, and population.

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