Shamanism: the neural ecology of consciousness and healing by Michael Winkelman

By Michael Winkelman

Cross-cultural and neuropsychological views on shamanism show that it produces an adaptive integrative mode of attention. Shamanic altered states of cognizance (ASC) are with regards to mind association and techniques, displaying shamanism's drawback with socioemotional and self services of the paleomammalian mind and cognitive capacities dependent in presentational symbolism, metaphor, analogy, and mimesis. Integration of cross-cultural and neurological views illustrates homologies which show the psychobiological foundation of shamanism and soul trips, mother or father spirits, demise and rebirth, and different common kinds of shamanic cognition.Shamanic contributions to sociocultural and cognitive evolution are tested. The integrative mode of cognizance produced by way of shamanic ASC is said to basic mind features. particular psychophysiological features of ASC and their diversifications cross-culturally are illustrated. Shamanic soul trip, ownership, and meditative varieties of attention are tested from phenomenological, neurological, and epistemological views which exhibit them to be innate different types of cognition and practices for manipulating belief, consciousness, cognition, emotion, self, and identification. Shamanistic therapeutic consists of bodily and culturally mediated types of model to emphasize that are bolstered by means of techniques eliciting opioid unencumber. healing effectiveness of shamanistic practices are illustrated by means of medical study. Shamanistic therapeutic comprises methods for changing physiological, mental, and emotional responses. modern spontaneous non secular reports and disorder characterised as non secular emergencies have shamanic roots and illustrate the ongoing relevance of shamanic paradigms.

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The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion by John Hinnells

By John Hinnells

The Routledge spouse to the learn of Religion is an incredible source for classes in spiritual experiences. It starts via explaining crucial methodological methods to faith, together with psychology, philosophy, anthropology and comparative learn, earlier than relocating directly to discover a large choice of severe matters, resembling gender, technology, fundamentalism, ritual, and new spiritual pursuits. Written by means of well known foreign experts, this new edition:

  • includes eight new chapters, including post-structuralism, faith and economics, faith and the surroundings, faith and pop culture, and sacred house
  • surveys the heritage of non secular experiences and the major disciplinary ways
  • explains why the research of faith is suitable in today’s international
  • highlights modern concerns akin to globalization, diaspora and politics
  • includes annotated studying lists, a word list and summaries of key issues to help scholar studying.

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Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the by Shaul Magid

By Shaul Magid

Hasidism Incarnate contends that a lot of recent Judaism within the West constructed in response to Christianity and in security of Judaism as a distinct culture. sarcastically sufficient, this happened whilst smooth Judaism more and more dovetailed with Christianity with reference to its ethos, aesthetics, and angle towards ritual and religion. Shaul Magid argues that the Hasidic stream in jap Europe constitutes an alternate "modernity," person who opens a brand new window on Jewish theological heritage. in contrast to Judaism in German lands, Hasidism didn't enhance below a "Christian gaze" and had no use to be apologetic of its positions. Unburdened via an apologetic schedule (at least towards Christianity), it provided a selected analyzing of medieval Jewish Kabbalah filtered via a spotlight at the charismatic chief that ended in a non secular worldview that has a lot in universal with Christianity. it isn't that Hasidic masters knew approximately Christianity; quite, the fundamental tenets of Christianity remained current, albeit frequently in veiled shape, in a lot kabbalistic instructing that Hasidism took up in its portrayal of the charismatic determine of the zaddik, whom it usually defined in supernatural terms.

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The Cultural Study of Yiddish in Early Modern Europe by Jerold C. Frakes (auth.)

By Jerold C. Frakes (auth.)

A particular research of the in depth curiosity in Jewish tradition of early sleek Christian Humanists as part of their complete application of research of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. The booklet specializes in how that curiosity used to be really manifested in a rating of treatises on 16th and 17th Century Yiddish language and literature.

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Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

By R. Albert Mohler Jr.

A major Christian highbrow explores the latest pressure of atheism, its most popular thinkers, the cultural stipulations that experience bred it, and the way Christians should still respond.

Something has replaced in American tradition. What for years used to be a little-regarded trust system-atheism-has now received a wide, and lengthening, nationwide listening to during the writings of "new atheists" corresponding to Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens.

Wanting to either tell and equip serious-minded Christians concerning this cultural shift, R. Albert Mohler Jr. explores the surroundings that has bred the "new atheism" whereas additionally introducing readers to the movement's 4 best thinkers and the contours in their arguments. Mohler-deemed "the reigning highbrow of the evangelical flow within the US" by way of Time magazine-then makes use of this origin to pinpoint 8 significant distinctives that make the recent atheism new, and to debate the way forward for Christianity in courting to it.

At institution and in the neighborhood, Christians are absolute to come across those that were formed by means of this pressure of atheism. this is prepared perception that any believer can use to appreciate and problem the hot atheists.

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Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism: Spiritual and by Reza Shah Kazemi

By Reza Shah Kazemi

Forging a interfaith conversation among traditions that sometimes stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and religious tenets of Islam and Buddhism with regards to each other, making a foundation for comparability and research of the 2 traditions. Written by means of eminent students, this discussion juxtaposes foundational ideas and practices via linking underlining ideas and fostering a mutual appreciation among fans of either religions. This interfaith quantity discusses metaphysical traditions and philosophical reports born of Islam and Buddhism, areas them in context with one another, therefore encouraging knowing, and delivering some degree of reference for persisted studying and cooperation.
Forging an interfaith conversation among traditions that sometimes stand at odds, this groundbreaking booklet explores the scriptural and non secular tenets of Islam and Buddhism when it comes to each other, making a foundation for comparability and research of the 2 traditions. The dialogue juxtaposes foundational rules and practices by means of linking underlying ideas and fostering a mutual appreciation among fans of either religions. This interfaith initiative focuses upon metaphysical and moral features of Islam and Buddhism, placing them in context with one another, hence encouraging knowing, and delivering some degree of reference for carrying on with and deepening reciprocal admire and collaboration. of their respective introductions to this e-book, H.H. the Dalai Lama states that the publication is helping exhibit that Islam is certainly a 'path of salvation'; whereas best Islamic pupil of jurisprudence, Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, asserts that at the foundation of this booklet you can still argue that Buddhism is an genuine 'deen' or religion.

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Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa by David Chidester

By David Chidester

Wild Religion is a wild trip via fresh South African background from the arrival of democracy in 1994 to the euphoria of the soccer international Cup in 2010. within the context of South Africa’s political trip and non secular variety, David Chidester explores African indigenous non secular background with a distinction. because the religious measurement of an African Renaissance, indigenous faith has been recovered in South Africa as a countrywide source. Wild Religion analyzes indigenous rituals of purification on Robben Island, rituals of therapeutic and reconciliation on the new nationwide shrine, Freedom Park, and rituals of animal sacrifice on the international Cup. no longer regularly within the nationwide curiosity, indigenous faith additionally seems within the wild spiritual creativity of legal gangs, the worldwide spirituality of neo-shamans, the ceremonial exhibit of Zulu virgins, the traditional Egyptian theosophy in South Africa’s Parliament, and the hot traditionalism of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Arguing that the sacred is produced in the course of the spiritual paintings of extensive interpretation, formal ritualization, and excessive contestation, Chidester develops leading edge insights for figuring out the that means and tool of faith in a altering society. For someone drawn to faith, Wild Religion uncovers superb dynamics of sacred house, violence, fundamentalism, history, media, intercourse, sovereignty, and the political economic climate of the sacred.

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How to Do Comparative Religion? Three Ways, Many Goals by Rene Gothoni

By Rene Gothoni

Famous students within the learn of religions increase so far and elucidate the dialogue at the 3 such a lot debated methods in comparative faith, specifically, the hermeneutical, the explanatory or cognitivist and the serious one. The techniques, standpoints and strategies of learning faith are disputed in an outspoken and hard manner, seriously and significantly arguing execs and cons. jam-packed with crucial insights into the discussion of this day and of the demanding situations of the following day, the paintings is still distinct and unrivalled.

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Religious Inventions: Four Essays by Max Charlesworth

By Max Charlesworth

Many students imagine that each one real religions are essentially comparable and that it truly is attainable to outline the sector of faith by way of the "sacred." In his most up-to-date e-book, Max Charlesworth argues that we needs to take the variety of religions as a major truth. Any faith is an energetic reaction to a revelation of the divine, and people obtain those revelations, interpret them and strengthen them in quite a few methods. Charlesworth illustrates his thesis with examples starting from Australian Aboriginal faith, to twentieth-century Roman Catholicism.

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