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Author Kripal, Jeffrey J
Title Comparing Religions : Coming to Terms
Imprint Chicester : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (450 pages)
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Note Intro -- Comparing Religions -- Copyright -- Contents -- An Important Note to the Instructor -- A Comment on the Cover Image and the Paintings -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Part I Prehistory, Preparation, and Perspective -- Introduction: Beginnings -- 1 Comparative Practices in Global History: If Horses Had Hands -- The Comparative Practices of Polytheism -- The Comparative Practices of Monotheism: Early Judaism -- The Comparative Practices of Monotheism: Early Christianity -- The Comparative Practices of Monotheism: Early Islam -- The Comparative Practices of Asia: Hinduism -- The Comparative Practices of Asia: Sikhism -- The Comparative Practices of Asia: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism in China -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 2 Western Origins and History of the Modern Practice: From the Bible to Buddhism -- Deep Upstream: Mystical Humanists, Protesters, Rationalists, and Romantics -- Mid-Upstream: "Not as Moses Said," or the Biblical Beginnings of Critical Theory -- Just Upstream: Colonialism and the Modern Births of Spirituality and Fundamentalism -- The Immediate Wake: Counterculture, Consciousness, Context, and Cosmopolitanism -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 3 The Skill of Reflexivity and Some Key Categories: The Terms of Our Time Travel -- The History of Religions -- Patterns of Initiation -- The Humanities: Consciousness Studying Consciousness -- Cultural Anthropology and Initiation Rites -- Working Definitions and Their Histories -- The Uncertainty Principle: The Insider-Outsider Problem (and Promise) -- Religious Questions as Ultimate Concerns -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- Part II Comparative Acts -- 4 The Creative Functions of Myth and Ritual: Performing the World -- Myth: Telling the Story Telling Us -- Ritual: Acting Out the Story Acting Us -- Patterns in Myth -- Patterns in Ritual
Comparative Practice: The Awakened One and the Great Hero in Ancient India -- Beginning a Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 5 Religion, Nature, and Science: The Super Natural -- Religion and Contemporary Science -- The Paradox of the Super Natural -- Food and Purity Codes: "You Are What You Eat" -- New Directions: Space Exploration, Dark Green Religion, and Popular Culture -- Comparative Practice: The Human Plant -- The Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 6 Sex and the Bodies of Religion: Seed And Soil -- In the Beginning … -- The Social Body: Sexuality, Gender, and Sexual Orientation -- Sex and Transgression -- Super Sexualities -- The Sexual Ignorance of the Religions -- Comparative Practice: The Two Ann(e)s -- The Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 7 Charisma and the Social Dimensions of Religion: Transmitting The Power -- Charisma and Community -- The Institutionalization of Charisma: Passing on the Charge -- Patterns of Special Institutions -- The Miracle and the Saint: Signs of the (Im)possible -- Comparative Practice: The Flying Saint and the Levitating Medium -- The Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 8 The Religious Imagination and Its Paranormal Powers: Angels, Aliens, And Anomalies -- System and Anomaly: Paranthropology -- The Sixth Super Sense -- The Imaginal: Not Everything Imagined Is Imaginary -- The Comparative Practices of Popular Culture -- Miracles in the Making: The Fortean Lineage -- Fact and Fraud: On the Trick of the Truth -- Comparative Practice: Supernatural Assault Traditions -- Adding to Our Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 9 The Final Questions of Soul, Salvation, and the End of All Things: The Human as Two -- Two Scenes -- The Nature of Embodied Consciousness -- Patterns of the Soul and Salvation in the History of Religions -- Soul Practices -- Traumatic Technologies of the Soul
Comparative Eschatologies -- Comparative practice: re-Death, near-Death, and after-Death experiences -- The Toolkit -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- Part III Putting It All Together Again -- 10 Faithful Re-readings: Exclusivism, Inclusivism, Pluralism, and Justice -- The Task of Theology: Relating Reason and Revelation -- Excluding the Other Religious Worldview from One's Own -- Including the Other Religious Worldview within One's Own -- Encountering the Sacred within and beyond All Religious Worldviews -- Comparison Is Justice: Liberation, Black, Feminist, and Queer Theologies -- Nuances: Faith and Scholarship -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 11 Rational Re-readings Masters of Suspicion, Classical and Contemporary : Masters Of Suspicion, Classical And Contemporary -- When Religion Doesn't Work -- On the Heart of Reductionism: "There Is No Gap" -- Sigmund Freud: Religion Is a Childish Illusion -- Émile Durkheim: Religion Is Society Worshipping Itself -- Postcolonial Theory: The Gaze of Empire -- On Spirit and Spandrels: Cognitive Science, Evolutionary Psychology, and Cultural Evolution -- The Study of Religion and Violence before and after 9/11 -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- 12 Reflexive Re-readings: Looking at the Looker -- The School of the More -- Four Exemplars of Reflexive Re-reading -- The Phenomenology of Religion: What Is versus What Appears -- Reflexively Re-reading Miracle: The Man in the Door -- The Filter Thesis: The Door in the Man -- Neuroscientists at the Cusp -- Concluding Thoughts: Culture, Cognition, and Consciousness -- The Tough Questions -- Notes -- … and Cosmos: Epilogue from Houston -- Glossary -- Index
Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world. A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religions Draws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practices Provides both a history and understanding of comparative practice and a series of thematic chapters showing how responsible practice is done A three part structure provides readers with a map and effective process through which to grasp this challenging but fascinating approach The author is a leading academic, writer, and exponent of comparative practice Contains numerous learning features, including chapter outlines, summaries, toolkits, discussion questions, a glossary, and many images Supported by a companion website (available on publication) at, which includes information on individual religious traditions, links of other sites, an interview with the author, learning features, and much more
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Kripal, Jeffrey J. Comparing Religions : Coming to Terms Chicester : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated,c2014 9781405184588
Subject Religions
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Alt Author Jain, Andrea
Prophet, Erin
Anzali, Ata
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