Encyclopedia of Religion in the South

Holiness became an interdenominational theme that had broad applications to American culture . Out of the religious quest for perfection grew concern for social needs : early 19thcentury REVIVALISM generated support for social reform .

Encyclopedia of Religion in the South

The publication of the Encyclopedia of Religion in the South in 1984 signaled the rise in the scholarly interest in the study of Religion in the South. Religion has always been part of the cultural heritage of that region, but scholarly investigation had been sporadic. Since the original publication of the ERS, however, the South has changed significantly in that Christianity is no longer the primary religion observed. Other religions like Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism have begun to have very important voices in Southern life. This one-volume reference, the only one of its kind, takes this expansion into consideration by updating older relevant articles and by adding new ones. After more than 20 years, the only reference book in the field of the Religion in the South has been totally revised and updated. Each article has been updated and bibliography has been expanded. The ERS has also been expanded to include more than sixty new articles on Religion in the South. New articles have been added on such topics as Elvis Presley, Appalachian Music, Buddhism, Bill Clinton, Jerry Falwell, Fannie Lou Hamer, Zora Neale Hurston, Stonewall Jackson, Popular Religion, Pat Robertson, the PTL, Sports and Religion in the South, theme parks, and much more. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the South, religion, or cultural history.

The Promise of Sociology

But Arnold viewed religion as only one aspect of the quest for human perfection and the highest quality of life. Culture was more encompassing than religion, and Arnold's criticisms of various religious denominations were precisely that ...

The Promise of Sociology

"This is a lovely, highly focused, and interesting way to introduce students to sociology. The book will both challenge and be of great interest to introductory sociology students." - George Ritzer, University of Maryland

Religion und Politik

Barth, U., Religion und Sinn, in: C. Danz/ W. Schüßler (Hg.), Religion – Kultur – Gesellschaft. ... Cruz, E. R., The Quest for Perfection. ... Depoorter, A., Doing Theology in a Con- text of Religious and Cultural Pluralism.

Religion und Politik


Religion Culture and the Quest for Perfection

Religion, Culture, and the Quest for Perfection: Body Problems, Body Modifications analyses these concerns and perceived problems, asking us to examine our biases, and provides insights into why we think about our bodies in the ways that we ...

Religion  Culture and the Quest for Perfection

We are bombarded with messages about our bodies: too thin, not thin enough; not in vogue, not smooth-skinned enough, not the right shape, not covered enough or covered too much.... Religion, Culture, and the Quest for Perfection: Body Problems, Body Modifications analyses these concerns and perceived problems, asking us to examine our biases, and provides insights into why we think about our bodies in the ways that we do and why body modifications are so prevalent among the human community. Introducing readers to major figures in body studies, Shawn Arthur analyses why humans seem so preoccupied with changing the body to meet religious, social and psychological goals. Examples of perceived body problems are taken from the media and specific religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Contemporary Paganism. Specific examples of body modification are explored, ranging from cutting one's hair, painting nails to cosmetic surgeries, transgender surgeries and female genital mutilation. The author shows how attitudes to body modification have changed both culturally and religiously over the past 50 years, and discusses a wide range of current world issues such as the Muslim veil and modesty concerns, and the extreme lengths that many religious ideologies espouse to forcibly modify young men and women's genitalia.

The Enlightenment Bible

89 In this quest for inward perfection, Arnold's cultural ideal shared much with Christianity, so much that it is virtually impossible to imagine without refer- ence to Christianity and its Scriptures. And so Arnold immediately ...

The Enlightenment Bible

How did the Bible survive the Enlightenment? In this book, Jonathan Sheehan shows how Protestant translators and scholars in the eighteenth century transformed the Bible from a book justified by theology to one justified by culture. In doing so, the Bible was made into the cornerstone of Western heritage and invested with meaning, authority, and significance even for a secular age. The Enlightenment Bible offers a new history of the Bible in the century of its greatest crisis and, in turn, a new vision of this century and its effects on religion. Although the Enlightenment has long symbolized the corrosive effects of modernity on religion, Sheehan shows how the Bible survived, and even thrived in this cradle of ostensible secularization. Indeed, in eighteenth-century Protestant Europe, biblical scholarship and translation became more vigorous and culturally significant than at any time since the Reformation. From across the theological spectrum, European scholars--especially German and English--exerted tremendous energies to rejuvenate the Bible, reinterpret its meaning, and reinvest it with new authority. Poets, pedagogues, philosophers, literary critics, philologists, and historians together built a post-theological Bible, a monument for a new religious era. These literati forged the Bible into a cultural text, transforming the theological core of the Judeo-Christian tradition. In the end, the Enlightenment gave the Bible the power to endure the corrosive effects of modernity, not as a theological text but as the foundation of Western culture.

The Concept of Correlation

Culture is conceived as a secularised substitute for religion in the traditional sense. ... rejection of religion stood in flat contradiction to their quest for perfection through self-cultivation, through culture.

The Concept of Correlation


The Hindu Quest for the Perfection of Man

The intent is not to beat the body , but to make the body a perfect instrument of the spirit . ... In a sense , no foreigner has ever understood any people as long as he must conceptualize their culture in his own categories ; yet if he ...

The Hindu Quest for the Perfection of Man

“A lucid, thorough and fresh exploration of the material. This is an exceedingly helpful study and may be the best single textbook on the subject. Previously, there was little of note in between inadequate introductions to Hindu thought and the more specialized primary or secondary materials. Organ is a competent philosopher and presents the ‘Hindu quest’ in a scholarly and readable form…it is a key book for undergraduate libraries and would be an invaluable asset in a course which dealt seriously and at any length with the Hindu tradition. Excellent bibliography.” —Choice “This is not just another book on Hinduism, but a source of systematic information…” —Bibliography of Philosophy “This scholarly and perceptive account makes Hindu beliefs and practices intelligible by showing how the contradictions which have puzzled Westerners are rooted in Human Diversity.” —The Review of Metaphysics

Literary Criticism

The decline of religious faith meant that art, which historically illustrated, interpreted or complemented doctrine ... The kingdom of God and culture, says Arnold, are both 'internal conditions', for the quest for perfection is to do ...

Literary Criticism

A THE Book of the Week. Did you know that Aristotle thought the best tragedies were those which ended happily? Or that the first mention of the motor car in literature may have been in 1791 in James Boswell's Life of Johnson? Or that it was not unknown in the nineteenth century for book reviews to be 30,000 words long?These are just a few of the fascinating facts to be found in this absorbing history of literary criticism. From the Ancient Greek period to the present day, we learn about critics' lives, the times in which they lived and how the same problems of interpretation and valuation persist through the ages. In this lively and engaging book, Gary Day questions whether the 'theory wars' of recent years have lost sight of the actual literature, and makes surprising connections between criticism and a range of subjects, including the rise of money.General readers will appreciate this informative, intriguing and often provocative

A More Perfect Union

“Drop City: Historical Notes on the Pioneer Hippie Commune.” Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 1 (Winter 1992): 22–23. ———. The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, ...

A More Perfect Union

In 1962, when the Cold War threatened to ignite in the Cuban Missile Crisis, when more nuclear test bombs were detonated than in any other year in history, Rachel Carson released her own bombshell, Silent Spring, to challenge society's use of pesticides. To counter the use of chemicals--and bombs--the naturalist articulated a holistic vision. She wrote about a "web of life" that connected humans to the world around them and argued that actions taken in one place had consequences elsewhere. Thousands accepted her message, joined environmental groups, flocked to Earth Day celebrations, and lobbied for legislative regulation. Carson was not the only intellectual to offer holistic answers to society's problems. This book uncovers a sensibility in post-World War II American culture that both tested the logic of the Cold War and fed some of the twentieth century's most powerful social movements, from civil rights to environmentalism to the counterculture. The study examines important leaders and institutions that embraced and put into practice a holistic vision for a peaceful, healthful, and just world: nature writer Rachel Carson, structural engineer R. Buckminster Fuller, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Jesuit priest and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, and the Esalen Institute and its founders, Michael Murphy and Dick Price. Each looked to whole systems instead of parts and focused on connections, interdependencies, and integration to create a better world. Though the '60s dreams of creating a more perfect world were tempered by economic inequalities, political corruption, and deep social divisions, this holistic sensibility continues to influence American culture today.

Self help and Popular Religion in Early American Culture

Finney's views were not , however , uncharacteristic of his time , and his perfectionistic hopes would replay in countless forms throughout ... famous still for their simple furniture and delicate hymns ( " Simple Gifts " ) , the quest ...

Self help and Popular Religion in Early American Culture

Focuses on early America, from the Protestant Ethic and Puritan New England through Revivalism and American Romanticism.

Considering the Asian Religions

Almost all religions can be interpreted as oscillating between these two goals: First, a quest for a moral and ... But it also includes the quest for perfection, for union with the holy, and a transformation into pure sacredness.

Considering the Asian Religions

Here in one volume is a readable and well-grounded overview of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. It also aims to be a guide for those who are considering the Asian religions as possible sources of spiritual enrichment. Knowing the basic features of those religious traditions is crucial for understanding both the ancient cultures and today's dynamic civilization of Asia - from India through Southeast Asia, from China to Japan. Based on sound scholarship but written for the general reader, Considering the Asian Religions focuses on the major historical developments in these traditions, with a concluding chapter on significant changes in modern times. It avoids encylopedic coverage, opting for clear explanations over exhaustive detail. Not limiting itself to a neutral recitation of facts, this book offers end-of-chapter evaluations from the standpoint of a Westerner committed to the core values of modernity - reason, cultural pluralism, and a more just and humane world for all. Those conclusions present both a challenge to some of the Asian religious beliefs and practices and a profound appreciation for ways they can be used to deepen and transform our own religious sensibilities.

Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic

Quick identified three main threats to religion – science, philosophy, and the culture of free enquiry and ... 'the goal of philosophy is the same as the goal of religionperfect knowledge of the Perfect'.15 Quick did not follow Inge, ...

Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic

Oliver Chase Quick (1885-1944) was one of the foremost and most widely read British theologians of his day. Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic presents the first major study of his work. Exploring Quick's understanding of the task of theology, his Christology, sacramental theology and doctrine of God, Hughes explains Quick’s attempt to restructure the idea of divine transcendence. Expanding the narrative of twentieth-century historical theology, this book draws conclusions about shifts in English theology in the last century, particularly the persistence and vitality of a philosophically oriented Anglican theology. Offering fresh insights into twentieth-century English theology and its leading figures, this book will also appeal to those with an interest in philosophical theology, systematic theology and Christian doctrine.

Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion

The quest for perfection, for the goodness of the divinely gifted order, became an interminable project. Moving to the “cross-cultural” field, as the legacy of the earlier “comparative” enterprise following Max M ̈uller and company ...

Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion

The present collection of writings on postcolonial philosophy of religion takes its origins from a Philosophy of Religion session during the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion held in New Orleans. Three presentations, by Purushottama Bilimoria, Andrew B. Irvine, and Bhibuti Yadav, were to be offered at the session, with Thomas Dean presiding and Kenneth Surin responding. (Yadav, unfortunately could not be present because of illness. ) This was the ?rst AAR session ever to examine issues in the study of religion under the rubric of the postcolonial turn in academia. Interest at the session was intense. For instance, Richard King, then at work on the manuscriptof the landmark Orientalism and Religion, was present; so, too, was Paul J. Grif?ths, whose s- sequent work on interreligious engagement has been so noteworthy. In response to numerous audience appeals, revised versions of the presentations eventually were published, as a “Dedicated Symposium on ‘Subalternity’,” in volume 39 no. 1 (2000) of Sophia, the international journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics. Since that time, the importance of the nexus of religion and the postcolonial has become increasingly patent not only to philosophers of religion but to students of religion across the range of disciplines and methodologies. The increased inter- tionalization of the program of the American Academy of Religion, especially in more recent years, is a signi?cant outgrowth of this transformation in conscio- ness among students of religion.

Is Nature Ever Evil

24 THE QUEST FOR PERFECTION Insights from Paul Tillich Eduardo R. Cruz People are religious to the extent that they ... Ludwig Wittgenstein , Culture and Value ( 45e ) 1 That there is a drive for human perfection is an undeniable fact ...

Is Nature Ever Evil

Is Nature Ever Evil?, considers the different ways in which reality is understood between the disciplines of ethics, religion and science focusing on the ethical evaluation of nature itself.

Religion Economics and Public Policy

Ironies, Tragedies, and Absurdities of the Contemporary Culture Wars Andrew D. Walsh ... Originally perceiving public policy in terms of a tension between the quest for perfect peace and the quest for perfect justice , Niebuhr would ...

Religion  Economics  and Public Policy

Examines the relationships between religion and domestic public policy in America.

In Search of Shangri La

... religious beliefs — in particular , the quest for perfection . Thirty years of Communism have not succeeded in shaking their religious fervor . The Tibetans ' religious faith is the heart of their culture , the heart of their life .

In Search of Shangri La


The Quest for a Theological Connection with the African Holocaust Transatlantic Chattel Slave Trade in Africans

Europeanized Christianity Is Fractured Dr. Robinson A. Milwood ... theological engagement, battling with academic challenges and like Zophar to Job with the penetrating question-“Job-can a man by searching find out God to perfection?

The Quest for a Theological Connection with the  African Holocaust  Transatlantic Chattel Slave Trade in Africans

The quest for a theological connection with the heinous transatlantic chattel slave trade in Africans is an academically and intellectually lignum vitae nut to crack. It must be cracked by all means necessary to do a measured dose of justice to the subject of the slave trade that British academic and encomium scholars have been treating for centuries with impunity that it has no relevance theologically and philosophically, ignoring the historical and racial facts that British proslavery groups defended and opposed the abolition of the brutal and immoral forced enslavement of Africa on biblical grounds with a bent theology and misleading hermeneutics. (The notebook of Rev. Dr. James Ramsay is a solid evidence of how British proslavery movement operated.) This attitude was false, groundless, deceptive, and above all, a massive cover-up of the iniquities and abomination of the slave trade in Africa by an extraordinary committee of presidium syndication, which I shall deal with during the evolution of this significant thesis.

Religion and the Rise of Western Culture

This marks a new departure in the history of civilization, since it involved a dualism between cultural leadership and ... of transmission was the monastic order and its motive force was the quest for individual perfection or salvation.

Religion and the Rise of Western Culture

In this new edition of his classic work, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, Christopher Dawson addresses two of the most pressing subjects of our day: the origin of Europe and the religious roots of Western culture. With the magisterial sweep of Toynbee, to whom he is often compared, Dawson tells here the tale of medieval Christendom. From the brave travels of sixth-century Irish monks to the grand synthesis of Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century, Dawson brilliantly shows how vast spiritual movements arose from tiny origins and changed the face of medieval Europe from one century to the next. The legacy of those years of ferment remains with us in the great cathedrals, Gregorian chant, and the works of Giotto and Dante. Even more, though, for Dawson these centuries charged the soul of the West with a spiritual concern -- a concern that he insists "can never be entirely undone except by the total negation or destruction of Western man himself."

Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture

In culture , the cosmological claims of religion are negated , the moral claims preserved and transformed , but the ... On the contrary , culture is a quest for total perfection through knowledge of those things that concern us most ...

Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture

This book provides a distinctive account of Edward Said's critique of modern culture by highlighting the religion-secularism distinction on which it is predicated. It refers to religious and secular traditions and to tropes that extend the meaning and reference of religion and secularism in indeterminate ways. It covers Said's heterogeneous corpus--from Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography, his first book, to Orientalism, his most influential book, to his recent writings on the Palestinian question. The religion-secularism distinction lies behind Said's cultural criticism, and his notion of intellectual responsibility.

Cultural Entanglement in the Pre Independence Arab World

Its origin is known: 'Islam is a perfect religion'. No one challenges this truth, but it flows from our post-Almohad consciousness as another proposition: 'we are Muslims, therefore we are perfect' ... which neutralizes the quest for ...

Cultural Entanglement in the Pre Independence Arab World

This book examines the ways in which non-Arabic cultural influences interacted with the rich, complex and sometimes conflictual environment of the Arab world in the pre-independence era. It comprises a series of 11 detailed case studies, including topics such as the songs of Egyptian forced labourers in the British Army in World War I, the translation and commentary of an Ottoman text in interwar Palestine, and the contested use of French in the Algerian independence movement, that highlight the complex interplay of colonial pressures, traditional and novel art forms, local and international practices, notions of identity and belonging. The book demonstrates how the interaction between Arabic and non-Arabic cultural and intellectual production as well as influences from imperial Europe and the Islamic East, have in various times and spaces inspired creative tensions which challenge binary views of East-West relations and the standard imperialist-colonial frameworks. In this sense the volume seeks to offer a critique of both established modernising conceptions of cultural development and nationalist, nativist frameworks based on the values of a specific political project.