Saints and Virtues

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John Stratton Hawley
University of California Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Religion - 256 pages
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This book explores a far-flung family of saints--those celebrated not just by Christianity but by other religious traditions of the world: Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian, African, And Caribbean. The contributors of these dozen essays address this worldwide spectrum of 'Lives of the Saints' with a particular eye to discerning how saints serve as moral exemplars in the communities that venerate them. On the whole, they discover a persistent tension between what counts as morality in the ordinary world and what makes a saint saintly; many intriguing family resemblances between saints of different traditions also appear.
  

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Contents

The Exemplary
15
The Two Exemplars
36
Morality Beyond Morality in
52
Personal Knowledge
73
of Judaism
87
SAINTS OF THE MODERN WORLD
109
A Case Study of Moral
144
Lawrence A Babb I
168
Saint Gandhi
187
AFTER SAINTHOOD?
205
BIBLIOGRAPHY
227
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
239
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John Stratton Hawley is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion at Barnard College. He is the editor of "Saints and Virtues" and "Devi: Goddesses of India" (both from UC Press), among other books. Vasudha Narayanan is Professor of Religion at University of Florida. Her books include "The Tamil Veda: Pillan's Interpretation of the Tiruvaymoli "and "The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation, and Ritual.

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