Religious Diversity Today: Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World [3 volumes]: Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World

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Jean-Guy A. Goulet, Liam D. Murphy, Anastasia Panagakos
ABC-CLIO, Dec 1, 2015 - Religion - 910 pages
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Why is human suffering and the existence of evil part of the human experience? How does religious doctrine establish one's identity? In what ways does religion interact with and shape the social order? This thought-provoking work ponders these questions and explores the concept of religion from various perspectives: as a tool for self and community-based spiritual awareness, as a set of practices that translates faith into interaction with others, and as a cornerstone of society for those who seek to harness—or hinder—its influence.

Written in accessible and inviting language, each volume focuses on a particular dimension of religion. The first book examines religious experience in the modern world and explores suffering in religious faiths, the second volume centers around ritual and pilgrimage, and the last book analyzes the controversial relationship between religion and societies. The content features such thought-provoking topics as death and green burials, sexuality and sex trade, and how and why evil manifests in the human experience.


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About the author (2015)

Jean-Guy A. Goulet, PhD, is professor of conflict studies at Saint Paul University.

Liam D. Murphy, PhD, is professor of anthropology at California State University, Sacramento.

Anastasia Panagakos, PhD, is professor of anthropology at Cosumnes River College.

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