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An Ethology of Religion and Art: Belief as Behavior

An Ethology of Religion and Art: Belief as Behavior

1st Edition

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Bryan Rennie
March 09, 2020

Drawing from sources including the ethology of art and the cognitive science of religion this book proposes an improved understanding of both art and religion as behaviors developed in the process of human evolution. Looking at both art and religion as closely related, but not identical, behaviors...

Holocaust Memory and Britain’s Religious-Secular Landscape: Politics, Sacrality, And Diversity

Holocaust Memory and Britain’s Religious-Secular Landscape: Politics, Sacrality, And Diversity

1st Edition

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David Tollerton
February 27, 2020

British state-supported Holocaust remembrance has dramatically grown in prominence since the 1990s. This monograph provides the first substantial discussion of the interface between public Holocaust memory in contemporary Britain and the nation’s changing religious-secular landscape. In the first...

Freethought and Atheism in Central and Eastern Europe: The Development of Secularity and Non-Religion

Freethought and Atheism in Central and Eastern Europe: The Development of Secularity and Non-Religion

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tomáš Bubík, Atko Remmel, David Václavík
February 19, 2020

This book provides the first comprehensive overview of atheism, secularity and non-religion in Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In contrast to scholarship that has focused on the ‘decline of religion’ and secularization theory, the book builds upon recent...

Media and the Science-Religion Conflict: Mass Persuasion in the Evolution Wars

Media and the Science-Religion Conflict: Mass Persuasion in the Evolution Wars

1st Edition

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Thomas Aechtner
December 16, 2019

This book examines why the religion-science skirmishes known as the Evolution Wars have persisted into the 21st century. It does so by considering the influences of mass media in relation to decision-making research and the Elaboration Likelihood Model, one of the most authoritative persuasion...

Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions: Subtle Bodies, Spatial Bodies

Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions: Subtle Bodies, Spatial Bodies

1st Edition

George Pati, Katherine C. Zubko
October 30, 2019

This volume examines several theoretical concerns of embodiment in the context of Asian religious practice. Looking at both subtle and spatial bodies, it explores how both types of embodiment are engaged as sites for transformation, transaction and transgression. Collectively bridging ancient and...

Orthodox Christianity and Gender: Dynamics of Tradition, Culture and Lived Practice

Orthodox Christianity and Gender: Dynamics of Tradition, Culture and Lived Practice

1st Edition

Helena Kupari, Elina Vuola
October 23, 2019

The Orthodox Christian tradition has all too often been sidelined in conversations around contemporary religion. Despite being distinct from Protestantism and Catholicism in both theology and practice, it remains an underused setting for academic inquiry into current lived religious practice. This...

Music, Branding and Consumer Culture in Church: Hillsong in Focus

Music, Branding and Consumer Culture in Church: Hillsong in Focus

1st Edition

Tom Wagner
October 18, 2019

Starting as a single congregation in Australia, Hillsong Church now has campuses worldwide, releases worship music that sells millions of albums and its ministers regularly appear in mainstream media. So, how has a single church gained such international prominence? This book offers an ethnographic...

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation: Nation-State to Market

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation: Nation-State to Market

1st Edition

François Gauthier
October 03, 2019

This book argues that the last four decades have seen profound and important changes in the nature and social location of religion, and that those changes are best understood when cast against the associated rise of consumerism and neoliberalism. These transformations are often misunderstood and...

Hindi Christian Literature in Contemporary India

Hindi Christian Literature in Contemporary India

1st Edition

Rakesh Peter-Dass
September 19, 2019

This is the first academic study of Christian literature in Hindi and its role in the politics of language and religion in contemporary India. In public portrayals, Hindi has been the language of Hindus and Urdu the language of Muslims, but Christians have been usually been associated with the...

Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith

Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith

1st Edition

Sarwar Alam
August 23, 2019

It has been argued that the mystical Sufi form of Islam is the most sensitive to other cultures, being accommodative to other traditions and generally tolerant to peoples of other faiths. It readily becomes integrated into local cultures and they are similarly often infused into Sufism. Examples of...

Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity

Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity

1st Edition

Paul J. Palma
August 02, 2019

While many established forms of Christianity have seen significant decline in recent decades, Pentecostals are currently one of the fastest growing religious groups across the world. This book examines the roots, inception, and expansion of Pentecostalism among Italian Americans to demonstrate how...

Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights

Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights

1st Edition

Mary Nyangweso, Jacob K. Olupona
July 16, 2019

This book builds on work that examines the interactions between immigration and gender-based violence, to explore how both the justification and condemnation of violence in the name of religion further complicates our societal relationships. Violence has been described as a universal challenge that...

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