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The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies by John Morreall

By John Morreall

This whole assessment of spiritual reports presents scholars with the fundamental wisdom and instruments they should discover and comprehend the character of faith. Covers the early improvement of faith, with overviews of significant and minor religions from Islam to ScientologyConsiders contemporary advancements together with secularization; the connection among faith and technology; and clinical reports on faith, health and wellbeing, and mystical experienceUses humor all through, permitting scholars to stay open-minded to the subjectExplains what it skill to review faith academically, and considers the impression of the research of faith on faith itselfContains various student-friendly beneficial properties together with photographs, maps, time traces, facet bars, historic profiles, and inhabitants distribution figuresProvides lecture room clients with a full of life website,www.wiley.com/go/religiontoolkit,  including questions, quizzes, additional fabric, and valuable fundamental and secondary assets

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Religion developed as a way of dealing with our major fears. ” Religious Studies scholars agree that dealing with suffering – our own or that of others – is a significant aspect of religion. ” For religions based on belief in a God who is both all-powerful (“omnipotent”) and all-good, the existence of evil can be particularly vexing. If God is all-good and all-powerful, then where does evil come from? Either God cannot stop evil and so is not all-powerful, or God could stop evil but does not, in which case God is not all-good.

Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. indd 16 8/1/2011 11:37:06 PM If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him. 2 VOLTAIRE Overview Humans are the only religious animals. Some scholars think that this is because they are the only ones who have self-awareness, especially of the fact that they suffer and are going to die. Religious traditions help people make sense of suffering and death. The Problem of Evil is a philosophical puzzle based on standard Western ideas about God.

Evil was not part of God’s original creation, but came into being when the first humans disobeyed God. Human suffering is God’s punishment for the Original Sin of Adam and Eve. ● Warning Theodicy. Natural disasters such as earthquakes are God’s warning to people that they are not living the way he wants them to live. ● Free Will Theodicy. To make a universe without evil, God would have to make it impossible for human beings to do evil. But if God did that, there would be no free will. Humans would be like the lower animals, doing only what they were caused to do by outside forces and by their instincts.

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