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The Anthropology of Christianity

The Anthropology of Christianity

  • Author: Fenella Cannell
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822336464
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 373
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Ethnographies exploring the vastly different ways that Christianity is experienced and understood by different groups around the world.

The Limits of Meaning

The Limits of Meaning

Case Studies in the Anthropology of Christianity

  • Author: Matthew Eric Engelke,Matt Tomlinson
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781845451707
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 239
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Too often, anthropological accounts of ritual leave readers with the impression that everything goes smoothly, that rituals are "meaningful events." But what happens when rituals fail, or when they seem "meaningless"? Drawing on research in the anthropology of Christianity from around the globe, the authors in this volume suggest that in order to analyze meaning productively, we need to consider its limits. This collection is a welcome new addition to the anthropology of religion, offering fresh debates on a classic topic and drawing attention to meaning in a way that other volumes have for key terms like "culture" and "fieldwork.

The Anthropology of Religious Conversion

The Anthropology of Religious Conversion

  • Author: Andrew Buckser,Stephen D. Glazier
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742517783
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 236
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This text paints a picture of conversion far more complex than its customary image in anthropology and religious studies.

The Anthropology of Catholicism

The Anthropology of Catholicism

A Reader

  • Author: Kristin Norget
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520963369
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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Aimed at a wide audience of readers, The Anthropology of Catholicism is the first companion guide to this burgeoning field within the anthropology of Christianity. Bringing to light Catholicism’s long but comparatively ignored presence within the discipline of anthropology, the book introduces readers to key studies in the field, as well as to current analyses on the present and possible futures of Catholicism globally. This reader provides both ethnographic material and theoretical reflections on Catholicism around the world, demonstrating how a revised anthropology of Catholicism can generate new insights and analytical frameworks that will impact anthropology as well as other disciplines.

The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

  • Author: Simon Coleman,Rosalind I. J. Hackett
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814772609
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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The phenomenal growth of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism around the world in recent decades has forced us to rethink what it means to be religious and what it means to be global. The success of these religious movements has revealed tensions and resonances between the public and the private, the religious and the cultural, and the local and the global. This volume provides a wide ranging and accessible, as well as ethnographically rich, perspective on what has become a truly global religious trend, one that is challenging conventional analytical categories within the social sciences. This book informs students and seasoned scholars alike about the character of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism not only as they have spread across the globe, but also as they have become global movements. Adopting a broadly anthropological approach, the chapters synthesize the existing literature on Pentecostalism and evangelicalism even as they offer new analyses and critiques. They show how the study of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism provides a fresh way to approach classic anthropological themes; they contest the frequent characterization of these movements as conservative religious, social, and political forces; and they argue that Pentecostalism and evangelicalism are significant not least because they encourage us to reflect on the intersections of politics, materiality, morality and law. Ultimately, the volume leaves us with a clear sense of the cultural and social power, as well as the theoretical significance, of forms of Christianity that we can no longer afford to ignore.

Spirits of Protestantism

Spirits of Protestantism

Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

  • Author: Pamela E. Klassen
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520950445
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 348
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Spirits of Protestantism reveals how liberal Protestants went from being early-twentieth-century medical missionaries seeking to convert others through science and scripture, to becoming vocal critics of missionary arrogance who experimented with non-western healing modes such as Yoga and Reiki. Drawing on archival and ethnographic sources, Pamela E. Klassen shows how and why the very notion of healing within North America has been infused with a Protestant "supernatural liberalism." In the course of coming to their changing vision of healing, liberal Protestants became pioneers three times over: in the struggle against the cultural and medical pathologizing of homosexuality; in the critique of Christian missionary triumphalism; and in the diffusion of an ever-more ubiquitous anthropology of "body, mind, and spirit." At a time when the political and anthropological significance of Christianity is being hotly debated, Spirits of Protestantism forcefully argues for a reconsideration of the historical legacies and cultural effects of liberal Protestantism, even for the anthropology of religion itself.

Warum Gott?

Warum Gott?

Vernünftiger Glaube oder Irrlicht der Menschheit?

  • Author: Timothy Keller
  • Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
  • ISBN: 3765570370
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 336
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Warum Gott? Ist es heute noch vernünftig zu glauben? Ist der Glaube nicht irrelevant, ohne Antworten auf die drängenden Fragen der Zeit? Hat die Wissenschaft nicht den Glauben an Gott längst widerlegt? Mächtige Fragen an den Allmächtigen! Tim Keller findet Antworten, die nicht nur den Zweifler nachdenklich werden lassen. Und er nennt gute Gründe für den Glauben.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

  • Author: Janice Boddy,Michael Lambek
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119124999
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 584
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A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays that explore the variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world and asks how to think about religion as a subject of anthropological inquiry. Presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays exploring the wide variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world Explores a broad range of topics including the perspectivism debate, the rise of religious nationalism, reflections on religion and new media, religion and politics, and ideas of self and gender in relation to religious belief Includes examples drawn from different religious traditions and from several regions of the world Features newly–commissioned articles reflecting the most up–to–date research and critical thinking in the field, written by an international team of leading scholars Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complex relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual in today s world

The Essence of Christianity

The Essence of Christianity

  • Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 442
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Religions in Practice

Religions in Practice

An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

  • Author: John R. Bowen
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317344472
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

  • Author: Mr John Barker
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409491099
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 258
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The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. Taking Kenelm Burridge’s seminal work as their starting point, the contributors focus upon public situations and types of people that exemplify key ethical contradictions for members of moral communities. While returning to some classical concerns, such as the roles of big men and sorcerers, the book opens new territory with richly textured ethnographic studies and theoretical reviews that explore the interface between the values associated with indigenous village life and the ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of ‘modernity'. A major contribution to the emerging field of the anthropology of morality, the volume includes some of the most prominent scholars working in the discipline today, including Bruce Knauft, Joel Robbins, F.G. Bailey,Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Transformation and Ethical Practice in the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost

  • Author: Girish Daswani
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442626585
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 255
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Looking Back, Moving Forward investigates the embodied practices, interpersonal relationships, and moments of self-reflection in the lives of members of the Church of Pentecost in Ghana and amongst the Ghanaian diaspora in London.

The Saint in the Banyan Tree

The Saint in the Banyan Tree

Christianity and Caste Society in India

  • Author: David Mosse
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520953975
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 408
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The Saint in the Banyan Tree is a nuanced and historically persuasive exploration of Christianity’s remarkable trajectory as a social and cultural force in southern India. Starting in the seventeenth century, when the religion was integrated into Tamil institutions of caste and popular religiosity, this study moves into the twentieth century, when Christianity became an unexpected source of radical transformation for the country’s ‘untouchables’ (dalits). Mosse shows how caste was central to the way in which categories of ‘religion’ and ‘culture’ were formed and negotiated in missionary encounters, and how the social and semiotic possibilities of Christianity lead to a new politic of equal rights in South India. Skillfully combining archival research with anthropological fieldwork, this book examines the full cultural impact of Christianity on Indian religious, social and political life. Connecting historical ethnography to the preoccupations of priests and Jesuit social activists, Mosse throws new light on the contemporary nature of caste, conversion, religious synthesis, secularization, dalit politics, the inherent tensions of religious pluralism, and the struggle for recognition among subordinated people.

A Companion to the Anthropology of India

A Companion to the Anthropology of India

  • Author: Isabelle Clark-Decès
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781444390582
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 568
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A Companion to the Anthropology of India offers a broad overview of the rapidly evolving scholarship on Indian society from the earliest area studies to views of India’s globalization in the twenty-first century. Provides readers with an important new introduction to the anthropology of India Explores the larger global issues that have transformed India since the end of colonization, including demographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and religious issues Contributions by leading experts present up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of key topics such as population and life expectancy, civil society, social-moral relationships, caste and communalism, youth and consumerism, the new urban middle class, environment and health, tourism, public and religious cultures, politics and law Represents an authoritative guide for professional social and cultural anthropologists, and South Asian specialists, and an accessible reference work for students engaged in the analysis of India’s modern transformation

The Anthropology of Western Religions

The Anthropology of Western Religions

Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies

  • Author: Murray J. Leaf
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739192396
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 286
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The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world’s major religious traditions as professional enterprises and, often, as social movements. Documenting the principle ideas behind Western religious traditions from an anthropological perspective, Murray J. Leaf demonstrates how these ideas have been used in building internal organizations that mobilize or fail to mobilize external support. Leaf documents a wide range of cultural and social phenomena and the ways in which they merge, ultimately proposing an anthropological method of promoting cross-cultural understanding that stems from these intersections.

An Anthropological Approach to Theology

An Anthropological Approach to Theology

A Study of John Hick's Theology of Religious Pluralism, Towards Ethical Criteria for a Global Theology of Religions

  • Author: Heather Meacock
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • ISBN: 9780761816904
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 282
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Heather Meacock, in An Anthropological Approach to Theology, has compiled an argument, based upon the pluralist beliefs of Professor John Hick, for the revision of traditional Christianity. Hick's pluralist understanding of the theology of religions is influenced by the philosophy of Kant, and his theories about society's moral awareness. Meacock methodically explicates Hick's views while refuting his critics. She claims that some Christian doctrines, such as the Incarnation, lose meaning when interpreted literally, and that Christianity itself must begin to change its self perception to that of one among many world religions. This book will interest students of religion, philosophy, as well as anthropologists interested in religion.

Anthropology of Religion

Anthropology of Religion

  • Author: Fiona Bowie
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • ISBN: 9781405121040
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 344
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Now available in a revised second edition, this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion combines discussion of the origin and development of debates within the field, with a look at where the subject is heading. Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies. Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order. Contains an additional chapter on mythology and a number of new illustrations. Incorporates coverage of the following topics in the existing structure: pilgrimage, spirit possession and cargo cults. Includes a list of ethnographic films and videos that can be used to illustrate and extend discussion of particular issues.

A Problem of Presence

A Problem of Presence

Beyond Scripture in an African Church

  • Author: Matthew Engelke
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520940040
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 321
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The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe refer to themselves as "the Christians who don’t read the Bible." They claim they do not need the Bible because they receive the Word of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. In this insightful and sensitive historical ethnography, Matthew Engelke documents how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding concerns within Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, of course, has been a key medium through which Christians have recognized God’s presence. But the apostolics perceive scripture as an unnecessary, even dangerous, mediator. For them, the materiality of the Bible marks a distance from the divine and prohibits the realization of a live and direct faith. Situating the Masowe case within a broad comparative framework, Engelke shows how their rejection of textual authority poses a problem of presence—which is to say, how the religious subject defines, and claims to construct, a relationship with the spiritual world through the semiotic potentials of language, actions, and objects. Written in a lively and accessible style, A Problem of Presence makes important contributions to the anthropology of Christianity, the history of religions in Africa, semiotics, and material culture studies.

The Anthropology of Protestantism

The Anthropology of Protestantism

Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen

  • Author: Joseph Webster
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137336544
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 244
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Through his ethnographic study of the fishermen and their religious beliefs, Webster speaks to larger debates about religious radicalism, materiality, economy, language, and the symbolic. These debates also call into question assumptions about the decline of religion in modern industrial societies.