Sainthood: Its Manifestations in World Religions

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Richard Kieckhefer, George Doherty Bond
University of California Press, 1990 - Religion - 263 pages
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Every major religion exalts certain individuals who occupy a dual role. On the one hand they serve as exemplars of virtue to be imitated, and on the other hand they stand removed from other mortals, privileged and unique. Christianity knows them as saints, and in the study of religion the term has been taken over and applied to similar figures in other traditions. The essays in this volume analyze the role of the saint in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, providing both a comparative and an interpretive view of sainthood.
The notion of sainthood is problematic in two ways. First, can the category be usefully applied to individuals in religious traditions other than Christianity? How has it manifested itself, and what differences are there in the various manifestations of sainthood? Second, where individuals are considered to have risen above the norms in these different traditions, how is it possible to resolve the tension between the saint's imitability and his or her otherness, between imitating and venerating the saint? The authors consider these questions in relation to a wide range of individuals in all the major traditions.
  

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Contents

Sainthood in the Christian
1
The Case of Judaism
43
Sainthood in Islam
69
Sainthood in Hinduism
98
Sainthood in Theravada Buddhism
140
Sanctification on the Bodhisattva Path
172
The Confucian Tradition
218
Toward a Comparative Study
243
Contributors
255
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About the author (1990)

Richard Kieckhefer is a professor in the Department of the History and Literature of Religions at Northwestern University and the author of three previous books, including European Witch Trials: Their Foundations in Popular Learned Culture, 1300-1500 (California, 1976). George D. Bond is Professor in the Department of the History and Literature of Religions at Northwestern University. He has published widely in the area of Theravada Buddhist Studies.

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