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The Persistence of Religion: Comparitive Perspectives on Modern Spirituality
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Publisher Tauris Academic Studies
Publication date November 15, 2009
Pages 142
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781848851955
ISBN-10 1848851952
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $26.00
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In the nineteenth century, Nietzsche famously announced that God was dead. In the twentieth century, increasing reliance on science and technology led to a widespread rejection of belief on the grounds of its irrationality. Yet religion has not died. In fact, the opposite has occurred: it has persisted and proliferated. Despite the relentless pursuit of scientific advancement, in the twenty-first century we now see religious influence everywhere. In this wide-ranging dialogue, two leading commentators on religion address - from their different but complementary traditions of Christianity and Buddhism - the continuing appeal of spirituality to people eager to explore fundamental questions of meaning. The authors indicate that science, for all its benefits, has limits of explanation. It may be able to show how, but not necessarily why. Yet belief too must not go unchallenged, since, as Ikeda says, ""religion can become either a medicine or a poison."" What then is the proper role of religion in a world plagued by intolerance and extremism? The authors point to its place in dialogue, education and peacebuilding. They emphasise the centrality of non-violence, and the inspiring examples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In so doing they recount formative experiences of involvement in the civil rights movement and protest against Vietnam (Cox) and personal exposure to the misery and destruction of war (Ikeda). Their joint vision of a just and true religious sensibility makes a vital contribution to the field.



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With Harvey Cox | from Tauris Academic Studies (December 15, 2009)
9781848851948 | details & prices | 142 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $52.00
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With Harvey Cox | from Tauris Academic Studies (November 15, 2009)
9781848851955 | details & prices | 142 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $26.00
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