Encountering Religion in the Workplace

The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Workers and Employers

Author: Raymond F. Gregory

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801449545

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 265

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Legal cases that cast light on the ramifications of mixing religion and work.

Encountering Religion

Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism

Author: Tyler Roberts

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023153549X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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Tyler Roberts encourages scholars to abandon rigid conceptual oppositions between "secular" and "religious" to better understand how human beings actively and thoughtfully engage with their worlds and make meaning. The artificial distinction between a self-conscious and critical "academic study of religion" and an ideological and authoritarian "religion," he argues, only obscures the phenomenon. Instead, Roberts calls on intellectuals to approach the field as a site of "encounter" and "response," illuminating the agency, creativity, and critical awareness of religious actors. To respond to religion is to ask what religious behaviors and representations mean to us in our individual worlds, and scholars must confront questions of possibility and becoming that arise from testing their beliefs, imperatives, and practices. Roberts refers to the work of Hent de Vries, Eric Santner, and Stanley Cavell, each of whom exemplifies encounter and response in their writings as they traverse philosophy and religion to expose secular thinking to religious thought and practice. This approach highlights the resources religious discourse can offer to a fundamental reorientation of critical thought. In humanistic criticism after secularism, the lines separating the creative, the pious, and the critical themselves become the subject of question and experimentation.

Encountering Religion

An Introduction to the Religions of the World

Author: Ian S. Markham,Tinu Ruparell

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631206743

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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This comprehensive, user-friendly text introduces students to the principal world faiths. This text is cross-referenced to and can be used in conjunction with Markham's World Religions Reader, Second Edition as a complete teaching package for comparative religion courses.

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900422954X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

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The twenty-third volume of RSSSR includes a landmark collection of papers on Theism and Non-Theism in Psychological Science, as well as papers on other key areas in the study of religion such as spirituality and social capital.

Religion and Culture

Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415923620

Category: Philosophy

Page: 217

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Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinitiestakes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, examplaand vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge? These essays address the topic of medieval men and, through a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches, significantly extend our understanding of how, in the Middle Ages, masculinity and identity were conflicted and multifarious.

The Appropriation of Religion in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Author: Michel Picard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319562304

Category: Social Science

Page: 285

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This volume investigates various processes by which world religions become localized, as well as how local traditions in Southeast Asia and Melanesia become universalized. In the name of modernity and progress, the contemporary Southeast Asian states tend to press their populations to have a ‘religion,' claiming that their local, indigenous practices and traditions do not constitute religion. Authors analyze this ‘religionization,’ addressing how local people appropriate religion as a category to define some of their practices as differentiated from others, whether they want to have a religion or are constrained to demonstrate that they profess one. Thus, ‘religion’ is what is regarded as such by these local actors, which might not correspond to what counts as religion for the observer. Furthermore, local actors do not always concur regarding what their religion is about, as religion is a contested issue. In consequence, each of the case studies in this volume purposes to elucidate what gets identified and legitimized as ‘religion’, by whom, for what purpose, and under what political conditions.

A World Religions Reader

Author: Ian S. Markham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140517109X

Category: Religion

Page: 327

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Providing a comprehensive exploration of the teachings and beliefs of the world?s living faiths, the third edition of this popular book has been revised and updated to reflect the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century. The World Religions Reader: Explores the unique nature of various faiths by introducing their traditions and rituals, ethical dimensions, and modern expressions Combines excerpts from sacred texts with reflections from a range of classic and contemporary thinkers - from the Bhagavad Gita and the Qur'an to Maimonides and Martin Luther King, Jr. Significantly expands material on Christianity, with a greater emphasis on the diversity of the tradition as expressed in Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism Broadens its coverage with new chapters on Emerging Religions, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Indigenous Religions Considers the profound impact of 9/11 on the major religions and the effect it has had on our perceptions of others, and on interfaith communication Includes numerous reader-friendly features, such as key terms sections, summary reviews of major beliefs and significant events, a glossary, and revision and comparative questions.

Christianity Encountering World Religions

The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century

Author: Terry C. Muck,Frances S. Adeney

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801026601

Category: Religion

Page: 407

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In this major work, two world religion and mission experts present a new relational model for Christians interacting with people of other faiths.

A Materialism for the Masses

Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life

Author: Ward Blanton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231536453

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Nietzsche and Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a "Platonism for the masses" and faulting Paul the apostle for negating more immanent, material modes of thought and political solidarity. Integrating this debate with the philosophies of difference espoused by Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ward Blanton argues that genealogical interventions into the political economies of Western cultural memory do not go far enough in relation to the imagined founder of Christianity. Blanton challenges the idea of Paulinism as a pop Platonic worldview or form of social control. He unearths in Pauline legacies otherwise repressed resources for new materialist spiritualities and new forms of radical political solidarity, liberating "religion" from inherited interpretive assumptions so philosophical thought can manifest in risky, radical freedom.

The End of Religion

Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus

Author: Bruxy Cavey

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 1615215026

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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In The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey shares that relationship has no room for religion. Believers and seekers alike will discover anew the wondrous promise found in our savior. And Christ’s eternal call to walk in love and freedom will resonate with readers of all ages and denominations.

Secret Gardens

A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature

Author: Humphrey Carpenter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571287271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Covering the period from the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Winnie-the-Pooh, Humphrey Carpenter examines the lives and writings of Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, George Macdonald, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, A.A. Milne and others whose works make up the Golden Age of children's literature. Both a collective biography and a work of criticism, Secret Gardens forces us to reconsider childhood classics in a new light. 'Secret Gardens permits us to see in a fresh light the interaction between cultural history and literature, and to realize that ... it wasn't mere misfits who withdrew into the writing of children's books, but rather the sort of misfits who reflected the prevailing dissatisfactions of the age.' New York Times Book Review

Judaism and World Religions

Encountering Christianity, Islam, and Eastern Traditions

Author: A. Brill

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137013184

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Provides the first extensive collection of traditional and academic Jewish approaches to the religions of the world, focusing on those Jewish thinkers that actually encounter the other world religions -that is, it moves beyond the theory of inclusive/exclusive/pluralistic categories and looks at Judaism's interactions with other faiths.

Encountering the Secular

Philosophical Endeavors in Religion and Culture

Author: J. Heath Atchley

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813930413

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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In Encountering the Secular, J. Heath Atchley proposes an alternative to the understanding of the secular as that which opposes the religious, and he turns to American and Continental philosophy to support his critique. Drawing from thinkers as disparate as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Gilles Deleuze, and engaging with contemporary literature and film, Atchley shows how the division of experience (individual, cultural, political) into the distinct realms of the religious and the secular overlooks the subtle ways in which value can emerge. Far from arguing that the religious and the secular are the same, he means instead to suggest that the dogmatic separation between these two realms gets in the way of experiencing an immanent value, a kind of value tied neither to a transcendent reality (e.g., a god or an ideal) nor to a self-centered reality (e.g., pleasure or knowledge). Each chapter cultivates a particular concept that challenges the breach between the secular and the religious, rendering that breach ambiguous. Such ambiguity, the author affirms, is relevant to a time when rigid and simplistic notions of religion and secularity are used to justify thoughtlessness and even violence. All too often the secular is thought of either as a triumph in "overcoming" the presumed irrationality and oppression of religion, or as lament in "losing" the meaning religion is thought once to have offered. Atchley suggests a view of the secular as an opportunity to experience an immanent value that is neither controlled by the human self nor conferred by a divine entity. Written in a prose that is lucid, lively, and provocative, Encountering the Secular shows how a philosophical endeavor might be understood as a spiritual practice.

After Christianity

Author: Gianni Vattimo

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231506503

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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What has been the fate of Christianity since Nietzsche's famous announcement of the "death of God"? What is the possibility of religion, specifically Christianity, thriving in our postmodern era? In this provocative new book, Gianni Vattimo, leading Italian philosopher, politician, and framer of the European constitution, addresses these critical questions. When Vattimo was asked by a former teacher if he still believed in God, his reply was, "Well, I believe that I believe." This paradoxical declaration of faith serves as the foundation for a brilliant exposition on Christianity in the new millennium—an age characterized by a deep uncertainty of opinion—and a personal account of how Vattimo himself recovered his faith through Nietzsche and Heidegger. He first argues that secularization is in fact the fulfillment of the central Christian message, and prepares us for a new mode of Christianity. He then explains that Nietzsche's thesis concerns only the "moral god" and leaves room for the emergence of "new gods." Third, Vattimo claims that the postmodern condition of fragmentation, anti-Eurocentrism, and postcolonialism can be usefully understood in light of Joachim of Fiore's thesis concerning the "Spiritual Age" of history. Finally, Vattimo argues for the idea of "weak thought." Because philosophy in the postmetaphysical age can only acknowledge that "all is interpretation," that the "real" is always relative and not the hard and fast "truth" we once thought it to be, contemporary thought must recognize itself and its claims as "weak" as opposed to "strong" foundationalist claims of the metaphysical past. Vattimo concludes that these factors make it possible for religion and God to become a serious topic for philosophy again, and that philosophy should now formally engage religion.

Harmattan

A Philosophical Fiction

Author: Michael D. Jackson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231539053

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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We all experience qualms and anxieties when we move from the known to the unknown. Though our fulfillment in life may depend on testing limits, our faintheartedness is a reminder of our need for security and our awareness of the risks of venturing into alien worlds. Evoking the hot, dust-filled Harmattan winds that blow from the Sahara to the Gulf of Guinea, this book creatively explores what it means to be buffeted by the unforeseen and the unknown. Celebrating the life-giving potential of people, places, and powers that lie beyond our established worlds, Harmattan connects existential vitality to the act of resisting prescribed customs and questioning received notions of truth. At the book's heart is the fictional story of Tom Lannon, a graduate student from Cambridge University, who remains ambivalent about pursuing a conventional life. After traveling to Sierra Leone in the aftermath of its devastating civil war, Tom meets a writer who helps him explore the possibilities of renewal. Illustrating the fact that certain aspects of human existence are common to all people regardless of culture and history, Harmattan remakes the distinction between home and world and the relationship between knowledge and life.

Encountering Faith in the Classroom

Turning Difficult Discussions Into Constructive Engagement

Author: Miriam Rosalyn Diamond

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 1579222374

Category: Education

Page: 219

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The purpose of this book is to explore what happens--and what can happen--in the higher education, and even secondary school, classroom when course content meets or collides with students' religious beliefs. It also considers the impact on learning in an environment where students may feel threatened, angry, misunderstood, or in which they feel their convictions are being discredited. This is a resource that offers ways of conceptualizing, engaging with, and responding to, student beliefs. This book is divided into three sections: student views on the role of religion in the classroom; general guidelines for responding to or actively engaging religious beliefs in courses (such as legal and diversity considerations); and specific examples from a number of disciplines (including the sciences, social sciences, humanities and professional education). Professors from public, private, and religious institutions share their findings and insights. The resounding lessons of this book are the importance of creating a learning space in which students can express their beliefs, dissonance, and emotions constructively, without fear of retribution; and of establishing ground rules of respectful discussion for this process to be valuable and productive. This is an inspirational and practical guide for faculty navigating the controversial, sensitive--yet illuminating--lessons that can be learned when religion takes a seat in the classroom. This book contains four parts. Part One, "Society, Learning, and Religion", includes (1) Faith and Reason: Higher Education's Opportunities and Challenges (Nancy L. Thomas and Ann Marie B. Bahr). Part Two, "Student and Faculty Perspectives," includes: (2) Undergraduate Perspectives About Religion in Higher Education (Lois Calian Trautvetter); and (3) Faith in Graduate Education: Perspectives of Students and Faculty in Student Affairs Preparation Programs (Judy L. Rogers and Patrick G. Love). Part Three, "Considerations", includes: (4) Blinking in the Sunlight: Exploring the Fundamentalist Perspective (Peggy Catron); (5) What I Think I Believe: Using the change Method to Resolve Cognitive Dissonance (Tamara H. Rosier); (6) Bringing Faith and Spirituality into the Classroom: An African American Perspective (Mark S. Giles, Odelet Nance and Noelle Witherspoon); and (7) Religion in the Classroom: Legal Issues (Barbara A. Lee). Part Four, "Disciplinary Approaches", includes: (8) Exploring Religion and Spirituality through Academic Service-Learning (Kent Koth); (9) Philosophy and Religious Disagreements in the College Classroom (Dona Warren); (10) When Faith and Science Collide (Mano Singham); (11) Teaching Secular Bible Reading to Religiously Committed Students (Roger G. Baker); (12) The Role of Religion and Spirituality in the Law School Classroom (David Hall); and (13) Teaching About Religious and Spiritual Pluralism in a Professional Education Course (Robert J. Nash and Sue M. Baskette). An overview by Miriam Rosalyn Diamond and Christina Copre, an afterword by Miriam Rosalyn Diamond, and an index are included.

Christianity Among the Religions of the World

Author: Carlos G. Martin

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 439

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"This work examines the religions of the world form the particular perspective of Christianity. It aims to accomplish a dual goal: 1) to provide an introductory review of the historical development of the religions of the world and a description of their belief systems, and 2) to explore avenues for an effective Christian witnessing among those who follow them. Christianity Among the Religions of the World is appropriate for students and educators in Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries."--BOOK JACKET.