A Replacement for ReligionA Replacement for Religion

This book is about those feelings and what we might do about them. The School of Life is a secular organisation fascinated by the gaps left in modern society by the gradual disappearance of religion.

Author: The School of Life

Publisher: School of Life

ISBN: 1912891034


Page: 240

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A thought-provoking book that explores how the best aspects of religion can have a place in our modern day lives.

The Language of Meaning Why Science Cannot Replace ReligionThe Language of Meaning Why Science Cannot Replace Religion

In a clear yet artful style of writing, this book demonstrates that truth can't be reduced to fact alone. Just as fact is an unavoidable part of life, so is some degree and kind of meaning.

Author: Daniel McCoy


ISBN: 1720673500


Page: 132

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We live in an exceptionally irreligious time. Since the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment of the early modern period, a steady onslaught of arguments against the central doctrines of most traditional religions has all but demolished them on factual grounds. Consequently, an impression has emerged that religion - or "spirituality," if you prefer - is for the ignorant and stupid, while anyone with much of a brain must believe that the material world is all we've got. Even those who want to be religious often don't think that they can be both religious and intellectually honest at the same time. We frequently hear arguments for the social and personal benefits of religion, but what we really need is a resoundingly convincing argument for religion's truth - and those have been in very short supply. As a result, our lives have become appallingly deprived of the existential meaning that religion once provided, for which no replacement can be found.In The Language of Meaning, philosopher of religion Daniel McCoy presents the argument for the truth of religion that we've been hoping to find for centuries. In a clear yet artful style of writing, this book demonstrates that truth can't be reduced to fact alone. Just as fact is an unavoidable part of life, so is some degree and kind of meaning. We are never for an instant entirely removed from fact or from meaning. Meaning is true in its own right, but in a very different way than a fact is true. Science is the human endeavor with the greatest mastery of fact, while religion is the human endeavor with the greatest mastery of meaning. The doctrines and practices of religions can only be properly understood not as attempts to convey fact, but as attempts to articulate and facilitate the experience of the divine, a source of meaning far deeper than any secular source. The factual arguments against religion have been missing the point all along. Science and religion have fundamentally different purposes and methods, and neither one must - or should - come at the expense of the other. We need both of them, and The Language of Meaning shows us how we can have both.

Psychotherapy and ReligionPsychotherapy and Religion

Thus, unlike the replacement dynamic and its tandem replacement religion that creates a "just so" story in order to avert punishment for survivor guilt, religious experience in the numinous space of play "is relocated in this space in ...

Author: Marcella Bakur Weiner

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN: 0765703661


Page: 293

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The integration of religion into psychotherapy finds expression in the therapist's stance and response to those who seek help. The editors have gathered papers that demonstrate through extensive autobiographical material the relationship between personal religious experience and clinical work. The contributing authors, without exception, confront psychoanalytic theory and religious teachings in highly personal ways.

The Future of the Philosophy of ReligionThe Future of the Philosophy of Religion

For idealists like Brunschvicg, the exactitude of reason was a replacement for religion (Brunschvicg 1951, 8–9). Through its method of abstraction, Brunschvicg suggested, idealist philosophy could provide an ethic and an orientation.

Author: M. David Eckel

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030446062


Page: 281

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This collection of essays on the philosophy of religion and its future brings together accomplished thinkers across several related fields, from comparative philosophy to analytic and continental philosophy of religion and beyond. Contributing authors address pressing questions including: Where does philosophy stand in relation to religion and the study of religion in the 21st century? How ought the philosophy of religion to interact with religious studies and theology to make for fruitful interdisciplinary engagement? And what does philosophy uniquely have to offer to the broad discourse on religion in the modern world? Through exploring these questions and more, the authors’ goal is not that of meeting the philosophical future, but of forging it. Readers will enter a vivid conversation through engaging essays which demonstrate the importance of disciplinary openness and show that we do not need to sacrifice depth in order to achieve breadth. Modernity and postmodernity come together in a constantly evolving discussion that moves the philosophy of religion forward, while keeping an eye toward the experience accumulated in past centuries. This book will interest students of philosophy, theology, religious studies, and other fields that wonder about the place of philosophy and religion in today’s world. It also has much to offer advanced scholars in these fields, through its breadth and forward thinking.

For the Soul of the PeopleFor the Soul of the People

In this way, political faith replaced religious faith, National Socialism became ever more a replacement for religion, and the party a substitute for the church.5 For Nazis, the Volksgemeinschaft (the community of German people) that ...

Author: Victoria Barnett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195344189


Page: 358

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The Confessing Church was one of the rare German organizations that opposed Nazism from the very beginning, and in For the Soul of the People, Victoria Barnett delves into the story of the Church's resistance to Hitler. For this remarkable story, Barnett interviewed more than sixty Germans who were active in the Confessing Church, asking them to reflect on their personal experiences under Hitler and how they see themselves, morally and politically, today. She provides a haunting glimpse of the German experience under Hitler, but also gives a provocative look into what it has meant to be a German in the twentieth century.

Religious NationalismReligious Nationalism

Religion and the Rise of Nationalism (Alvis), 271-72 Religion as a force for change, 73-77, 134-37 Religion in ... 1 nationalism as a replacement for religion, 37-40 Northern Ireland, 169-74 political elites and the shaping of identity,.

Author: Atalia Omer

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598844399


Page: 328

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This book tackles the assumptions behind common understandings of religious nationalism, exploring the complex connections between religion, nationalism, conflict, and conflict transformation. * Speeches of political and religious leaders * Chronologies of conflicts in such places as Israel-Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the former Yugoslavia

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News MediaThe Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

... oriented profession that in reality functioned as a replacement for, or was at least equivalent to, religion? ... Eventually journalism professionals said their profession is—or perhaps should be—the modern replacement for religion ...

Author: Diane Winston

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195395068


Page: 613

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Whether the issue is the rise of religiously inspired terrorism, the importance of faith based NGOs in global relief and development, or campaigning for evangelical voters in the U.S., religion proliferates in our newspapers and magazines, on our radios and televisions, on our computer screens and, increasingly, our mobile devices. Americans who assumed society was becoming more and more secular have been surprised by religions' rising visibility and central role in current events. Yet this is hardly new: the history of American journalism has deep religious roots, and religion has long been part of the news mix. Providing a wide-ranging examination of how religion interacts with the news by applying the insights of history, sociology, and cultural studies to an analysis of media, faith, and the points at which they meet, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media is the go-to volume for both secular and religious journalists and journalism educators, scholars in media studies, journalism studies, religious studies, and American studies. Divided into five sections, this handbook explores the historical relationship between religion and journalism in the USA, how religion is covered in different media, how different religions are reported on, the main narratives of religion coverage, and the religious press.

Religion and PoliticsReligion and Politics

Comparative Politics July 1995 ultimate loyalty, and moral authority to which religion has traditionally responded. ... 10 In proposing their own “science of ideas” as a replacement for religion, the iddologues were in fact putting what ...

Author: John T. S. Madeley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351758529


Page: 724

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This title was first published in 2003. This subject area of this work cross-cuts conventional sub-disciplinary boundaries in the study of comparative politics. Connections between religion and and politics can be identified in all of the thematic areas covered by the articles within.

Annual Review of the Sociology of ReligionAnnual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Is it a replacement for religion? Scholars have questioned whether belief in the supernatural is a 'functional alternative to mainstream religion' (Emmons and Sobal 1981. See for example, Orenstein 2002; Sjödin 2002; Glendenning 2006).

Author: Giuseppe Giordan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004193727


Page: 500

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The purpose of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (ARSR) is to investigate the “new” role of religion in the contemporary world, which is characterized by cultural pluralism and religious individualism.

Economics as ReligionEconomics as Religion

The last book review did not appear until 2009 in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, published by the University of California Press. There, a Hungarian professor of American studies wrote that the book ...

Author: Nelson, Robert H.

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271063768


Page: 436

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Robert Nelson’s Reaching for Heaven on Earth, Economics as Religion, and The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion Versus Environmental Religion in Contemporary America read almost like a trilogy, exploring and charting the boundaries of theology and economics from the Western foundations of ancient Greece through the traditions that Nelson identifies as “Protestant” and “Roman,” and on into modern economic forms such as Marxism and capitalism, as well as environmentalism. Nelson argues that economics can be a genuine form of religion and that it should inform our understanding of the religious developments of our times. This edition of Economics as Religion situates the influence of his work in the scholarly economic and theological conversations of today and reflects on the state of the economics profession and the potential implications for theology, economics, and other social sciences.

Current Issues in Law and ReligionCurrent Issues in Law and Religion

that would be sufficiently comprehensive to replace religion. According to one of the idéologues, Destutt de Tracy, whose 1817 book Elements of Ideology introduced the term to the world, 'logic' was to be the sole basis of 'the moral ...

Author: Silvio Ferrari

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351570275


Page: 548

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This volume focuses on issues that have only recently come to the forefront of the discipline such as freedom from religion, ordination of homosexuals, apostasy, security and fundamentalism, issues that are linked to the common themes of secularism and globalization. Although these subjects are not new to the academic debate, they have become prominent in law and religion circles as a result of recent and rapid changes in society. The essays in this volume present multiple points of view, facilitate scholars in understanding this evolving discipline and act as a stimulus for further research.This collection gives the reader a sense of the key topics and current debates in law and religion and is of interest to law, politics, human rights, and religion scholars.

Mediating ReligionMediating Religion

Rather , they emphasised CMC as a complement to , but not a replacement for , religious community offline . The users with a Christian background emphasised more than those with an alternative religious background the possibility of ...

Author: Jolyon P. Mitchell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567088677


Page: 407

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This is the first book to bring together many aspects of the interplay between religion, media and culture from around the world in a single comprehensive study. Leading international scholars provide the most up-to-date findings in their fields, and in a readable and accessible way.Some of the topics covered include religion in the media age, popular broadcasting, communication theology, popular piety, film and religion, myth and ritual in cyberspace, music and religion, communication ethics, and the nature of truth in media saturated cultures.The result is not only a wide-ranging resource for scholars and students, but also a unique introduction to this increasingly important phenomenon of modern life.

Nationalism and Islamism in the Kurdistan Region of IraqNationalism and Islamism in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Also, for a religion like Christianity or Islam with followers of all races and ethnicities, how and to what nationalism ... the emergence of many religious nationalist states, but nationalism wasn't a replacement for the religions.

Author: Mohammad Salih Mustafa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000204049


Page: 218

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Exploring a new political phenomenon in the Middle East, this book studies the reconciliation of nationalism and Islamism by Islamic political parties in the context of nation states. Islamism in Kurdistan has become significantly framed by the politics of nationalism. Although the concept of religious nationalism has been discussed substantially before, this work highlights a new brand of religious nationalism that has emerged as a result of intertwining nationalism and Islamism. The focus of this study is on the development of religious nationalism in the continuously tumultuous region of the Middle East. The volume investigates whether Islamism in Kurdistan is limited by the politics of nationalism – which is an accentuated example for the whole Middle East region. By looking at the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the research studies Islamism in the Kurdistan Region to elaborate on this new type of politics. This is essentially due to the absence of a politically recognised nation state, which renders Kurds to be particularly susceptible to various manifestations of nationalism. Offering an account on the spread of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Kurdistan Region, this original research on Kurdish nationalism will be a key text for students and researchers interested in nationalism, Islamism and Middle East politics.

Religion and the ConstitutionReligion and the Constitution

Should conscience be a replacement for religion or a supplement to it? Skeptics of religious exemptions sometimes start with the idea of religion as a subset of conscience—religion-only exemptions seem unfair, because religious ...

Author: Michael W. McConnell

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

ISBN: 9781454876144


Page: 786

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Religion and the Constitution, Fourth Edition, written by a team of well-known Constitutional Law scholars, thoughtfully examines the relationship between government and religion within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. This classroom-tested casebook is suitable for courses in Religious Liberty, Religion and the Constitution, or Religious Institutions and the Law.

The Translatability of the Religious Dimension in Shakespeare from Page to Stage from West to EastThe Translatability of the Religious Dimension in Shakespeare from Page to Stage from West to East

... produced by Others outside its boundaries, it translates these texts in order to replace them, pure and simple. ... Education as a Replacement of Religion” (Yi meiyudaizongjiaoshuo 以美育帶宗教說).177 He claimed that religion was ...

Author: Jenny Wong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532638176


Page: 306

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This interdisciplinary study traverses the disciplines of translation studies, hermeneutics, theater studies, and sociology. Under the "power turn" or "political turn" in translation studies, the omission and untranslatability of religious material are often seen as the product of censorship or self-censorship. But the theology of each individual translating agent is often neglected as a contributing factor to such untranslatability. This book comprehensively traces the hermeneutical process of the translators as readers, and the situational process and semiotics of theater translation. Together these factors contribute to an image of translated literature that in turn influences the literature's reception. While translation theorists influenced by the current "sociological turn" view social factors as determining translation activities and strategies, this volume argues that the translator's or the dramatist's theology and religious values interact with the socio-cultural milieu to carve out a unique drama production. Often it is the religious values of the translating agents that determine the product, rather than social factors. Further, the translatability of religious discourse should be understood in a broader sense according to the seven dimensions proposed by Ninian Smart, rather than merely focusing on untranslatability as a result of semantic and linguistic differences.

The Progressive ReportsThe Progressive Reports

progressive movement must always strive to act as a replacement for the institutions Buckley speaks of in this quote. Progressivism has to replace things like religion and American culture if it is going to be as all-encompassing as we ...

Author: Frank J. Connor

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 9781642933406


Page: 270

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The Progressive Reports is comprised of a series of nine commentaries written to the Democratic National Committee by David Gore, a fictitious progressive college student. These commentaries analyze social identity, morality, religion, science, rights, and the English language. David is angered by the activities of his university’s chapter of College Republicans and the way they are advancing the conservative cause in an area that has long been the acknowledged territory of the progressive movement. His goal is to use the lessons he has learned, as well as his observations of conservative students, to guide the country toward a more progressive future. He contrasts his own beliefs with those of a notable conservative student at his university, referred to only as “FJC.” An homage to C. S. Lewis’s timeless classic, The Progressive Reports provides an understanding of the tactics used by the American Left through the lens of their own—ultimately flawed—thought process in a form and style resembling The Screwtape Letters. It brings the reader face-to-face with the threats progressivism poses to our country.

The New Cold War Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular StateThe New Cold War Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State

But in proposing their own “science of ideas" as a replacement for religion, the idéologues were in fact putting what they called ideology and what we call religion on an equal plane. Perhaps Clifford Geertz, among modern users of the ...

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520086517


Page: 292

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"This is an indispensable book in helping us understand the new world disorder that seems to be overtaking us. Juergensmeyer points out that much of the world neither understands nor finds attractive the idea of a 'secular state.' He helps us see that religious nationalism is a fact of life that will be with us for a long time to come. Deconstructing any simple notion of 'fundamentalism,' he shows us how it is possible to live with religious nationalism constructively without demonizing it. That is a major achievement."—Robert Bellah, co-author of Habits of the Heart "This penetrating analysis of the relationship of religious movements to political developments demonstrates how new forms of nationalism, rooted in indigenous religious and cultural traditions, are challenging the western model of the secular state in the Middle East, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Because there is, Juergensmeyer argues, no satisfactory compromise between the religious vision of the national state and that of liberal democracy, a new kind of cold war may develop, no less obstructive of a peaceful international order than the old. An important, and sobering, feature of Juergensmeyer's analysis is his constant awareness of the significance of 'the religious right' in the United States and other western democracies."—Ainslie T. Embree, Columbia University "This is an outstanding study of an increasingly important subject. I find Juergensmeyer's concept of religious nationalism more useful in explaining the new worldwide religious resurgence than most concepts currently in use. The book is gracefully written and should be read by anyone interested in world affairs."—Ehud Sprinzak, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Religion and the State An International Analysis of Roles and RelationshipsReligion and the State An International Analysis of Roles and Relationships

The state tries to promote itself in many ways as a replacement for religion. China for a time banned all religions but now has stepped back from this stance, believing that some freedom needs to be given in order to increase economic ...

Author: Scott A. Merriman Sr.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598841343


Page: 383

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This timely and authoritative resource combines both topical and country-by-country coverage to help readers understand the coexistence of church and state in nations around the world today. • 200 entries—a combination of issue-based essays and country-by-country coverage of the relationship between religion and government worldwide • A chronology of key events in the history of interactions between church and state, from the origins of the conflict between Judaism and Islam, to the Spanish Inquisition and King Henry VIII's break with the Catholic Church, to the growth of Muslim theocracies and rise of the Christian right in the United States • An extensive bibliography of resources for further reading both in print and online • A helpful glossary of terms and a comprehensive index

The Making of the Modern UniversityThe Making of the Modern University

The department of bionomics basically turned evolution into a new religion: it explained the cosmos, human beings' place in it, and their moral obligations. The tendency to find a replacement for religion in an all-encompassing ...

Author: Julie A. Reuben

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226710203


Page: 363

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Based on extensive research at eight universities - Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Chicago, Stanford, Michigan, and California at Berkeley - Reuben examines the aims of university reformers in the context of nineteenth-century ideas about truth. She argues that these educators tried to apply new scientific standards to moral education, but that their modernization efforts ultimately failed.