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CHAPTER EIGHT THE BEGINNING OF LIFE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST APPROACH Anthony J. Blasi Several contemporary public issues center on human life, its beginnings and hence its defijinition, not least the question of whether abortion should be legal. The issue of whether state-assisted medical

In: Mapping Religion and Spirituality in a Postsecular World

consecrated life as lived out by the pro­ fessed, we notice a growing interest in monastic life through more and more people who come to monastery for a visit, a retreat or only to buy monastic products at the shop. The problem is not so much that monastic life is out­ moded but rather that monks and nuns

In: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
Author: Daniel J. Louw

(way of life) expressed in a very specific context by means of symbol, metaphor, language and techne (technique). It is the site of the humanization of the oikos. Culture is, therefore, the endeavor to restructure the oikos into a living space in order to safeguard a humane society and to establish

In: Affirming and Living with Differences

), individuals who have made a commitment to a monastic way of life experience a “perma- nent” position of “liminality.” They have transitioned away from their former social roles. They own nothing and they are ritually separated from wider soci- ety. They are required to observe rules and regulations without

In: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

, particularly rooting itself in local communities, which over the centuries resulted in a popular monastic experience integral to the reality of that community and woven into the fabric of everyday life. This was for centuries a strength of the monastic institution, ensuring its lasting through time. The

In: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
Author: Stef Aupers

: mcgill-Queen’s University press. Kolo, c. and t. Baur. 2004. “living a Virtual life. social dynamics of online gaming.” Gamestudies, the international journal of computer game research. 4:1. At http://www .gamestudies.org. Kraus, J. 2003. tolkien, “modernism, and the Importance of tradition.” In g

In: Handbook of Hyper-real Religions

virtue. Work provides an honest living; it builds character and provides structure and meaning to one’s life. People with a high work ethic are reliable, skilled, show initiative, and continuously try to improve their work and skills. In his book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

In: Atlas of European Values. Trends and Traditions at the turn of the Century
Author: D. Xolile Simon

specific need, for example raising awareness and motivating people for cross-cultural rruss1on. Notwithstanding this, when critically dealt with, such encounters still remain a vital source for mapping journeys toward affirming and living with diversity across ethnic-cultural boundaries. According to

In: Affirming and Living with Differences
Author: Ines W. Jindra

vice versa, the attraction that theologically and socially more open groups have for those from backgrounds experienced as too structured, but there is also a “fit” between specific religious groups and the key theme in converts’ life 1 Raymond F. Paloutzian, Sebastian Murken, Heinz Streib & Sussan

In: A New Model of Religious Conversion
Author: Ines W. Jindra

findings of the structural-substantial analysis. Selected Case Studies 1 Todd Kruger (Conversion to Islam) His Life and Conversion Story In an almost empty family restaurant in a Midwestern town one morning, Todd Kruger talked about his life. Todd, a 58 year-old retired cook living in a medium

In: A New Model of Religious Conversion