Hagiography and Religious Truth: Case Studies in the Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions

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Rico G. Monge, Kerry P. C. San Chirico, Rachel J. Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 16, 2016 - Religion - 288 pages
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The hagiographic materials from the world's religions can tell us much about the beliefs and practices of the people, yet the limited degree to which hagiography has been used as an instrument for understanding diverse religious traditions is surprising. Hagiography and Religious Truth provides a clearer understanding of the ways hagiography functions to disclose truth for practitioners and suggests various ways that these underexploited sources enrich our comprehension of broader issues in religious studies.

This volume provides a much-needed cross-cultural and interreligious comparison of saints' lives, iconography, and devotional practices. The contributors show that hagiographic sources can in fact be “truths of manifestation,” which function as vehicles for prefiguring, configuring, and refiguring religious, social, and cultural life. The editors argue that some meanings simply cannot be communicated effectively through historical-critical methodologies. By exploring how hagiography functions throughout several of the world's religious traditions, this volume illustrates how various modes of hagiography articulate religious ideas and uniquely represent conceptions of sanctity.
 

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Contents

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Of Saints and Scholars by Jeffrey J Kripal
SAINTS TRUTH AND THE USE AND ABUSE OF HAGIOGRAPHY
DEVOTION CRITIQUE AND THE READING OF CHRISTIANSAINTS LIVES
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF IT DID
IMAGINING HAGIOGRAPHIES IN CHHATTISGARH
HAGIOGRAPHY SACRED SPACE
THE REENACTMENT OF A TANTRIC
SHRINES RITUAL RESISTANCE
JOHN OF EPHESUSS LIVES OF THE EASTERN
RESCUING TRADITION THROUGH
ABUNDANT PEOPLE
TRUTH SCHOLARSHIP AND HAGIOGRAPHY IN
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Index

THE TRANSMISSION OF VIRTUE IN THE HAGIOGRAPHY OF HACI BEKTAŞ
TRIUMPHALISM AND RECONCILIATION

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Rico G. Monge is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, USA.
Kerry P. C. San Chirico is Assistant Professor of Interfaith and Interreligious Studies, Villanova University, USA.
Rachel Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University, USA.

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