Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World : Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
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Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World : Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

This multi-disciplinary volume brings together the voices of biblical scholars, classicists, philosophers, theologians and political theorists to explore how ecology and theology intersected in ancient thinking, both pagan, Jewish and Christian. Ecological awareness is by no means purely a modern phenomenon. Of course, melting icecaps and plastic bag charges were of no concern in antiquity: frequently what made examining your relatio...

Death and Delusion: A Freudian Analysis of Mortal Terror
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Death and Delusion: A Freudian Analysis of Mortal Terror

This book argues that conventional interpretations of Freudian psychology have not accounted for the existence and complexity of death anxiety and its intrinsic relation to the creation of illusions and delusions. This book contends that there is sufficient evidence to support the view that death anxiety is not only a symptom of certain modes of psychopathology, but is a very normal and central emotional threat human beings deal with...

A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra
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A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra

A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra is a fascinating insight into a subject that has captivated the imagination of many but remains mysterious and exotic to all but a few. Tantric deities? Who are they and what do they do? This volume focuses on the deities whose mantra recitation and colorful visualizations lie at the heart of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of wisdom, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and daki...

Spirits of the Place: Buddhism and Lao Religious Culture
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Spirits of the Place: Buddhism and Lao Religious Culture

Spirits of the Place is a rare and timely contribution to our understanding of religious culture in Laos and Southeast Asia. Most often studied as a part of Thai, Vietnamese, or Khmer history, Laos remains a terra incognita to most Westerners―and to many of the people living throughout Asia as well. John Holt’s new book brings this fascinating nation into focus. With its overview of Lao Buddhism and analysis of how shifting political...

The Scientification of Religion
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The Scientification of Religion

The enigmatic relation between religion and science still presents a challenge to European societies and to ideas about what it means to be ‘modern.’ This book argues that European secularism, rather than pushing back religious truth claims, in fact has been religiously productive itself. The institutional establishment of new disciplines in the nineteenth century, such as religious studies, anthropology, psychology, classical studie...

Spirit on the Move: Black Women and Pentecostalism in Africa and the Diaspora
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Spirit on the Move: Black Women and Pentecostalism in Africa and the Diaspora

“Spirit on the Move proceeds at the intersection of Pentecostal and black feminist studies with important philosophical debate bearing on religious experience in a global world. It argues that Pentecostalism’s appeal to black women worldwide consists in its being the medium through which they engage forms of power at once intimate and embodied and embedded in nation-states and their interrelations. The focus is firmly on the ability ...

Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language, and Imagination
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Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language, and Imagination

An interdisciplinary collection for scholars and students interested in the connections between myth and scripture In this collection scholars suggest that using 'myth' creates a framework within which to set biblical writings in both cultural and literary comparative contexts. Reading biblical accounts alongside the religious narratives of other ancient civilizations reveals what is commonplace and shared among them. The fruit of su...