This new edition explores the many dimensions of religion as a central reality of human life. It provides a functional definition of religion that suggests that religion is important to everyone because each person's life is shaped by, and all persons are concerned about, occasions in their lives that threaten or promote fulfillment of the individual's basic values and commitments. FEATURES:
- A broad approach to defining religion in terms of value and commitmentAllows examination of traditional religious issues, beliefs, and patterns.
- A functional definition of religionProvides several definitions of religionwith emphasis upon that which gives "pivitol value" to life.
- A variety of resource materialsDrawn from the Scriptures and classic literature of the world's great religions, as well as from classic and contemporary sources that seek to interpret religion in its various dimensions.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
- Updated contemporary examples from popular cultureFeatures poetry, drama, cinema, comics, news stories, and song lyrics.
- Expanded and revised content throughoutE.g., ecstatic religion, religion and gender, myth, religious understandings of evil, and postmodernism.
- Examination of recent world eventsAs they relate to religion.
- Fuller treatment of religious orientations and movements in simpler and contemporary society.