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Author: Jeff Carter

" or interviewing people in their local language. It may include such activities, but in fact, fieldwork is more essentially an engagement between the scholar and a domain of human life worthy of inquiry. It is a mode of investigation that not only recognizes the context-dependent character of all

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Faydra Shapiro

unprecedented opportunity for the autonomy of personal life for “everybody”. It also contains a serious danger—of motivating mass withdrawal into the “private sphere” while “Rome burns.” (1967: 117) Many within the Jewish community would argue that the “informed assimilation” chosen by some Livnot participants

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Joseph Bulbulia

and orienting religious com- mitments (which, as we have seen come easily to children) for the benefits these commitments bring to children over the long haul. In living in a group of strongly motivated co-religionists who reliably recognize the genuine com- mitments of others, no external policing is

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

creative, and report higher life satisfaction. Third, according to contemporary positive psychologists, meaning in life is associated with purpose (e.g., life aims and aspirations), coherence (e.g., one’s comprehension and sense of life), and significance (e.g., having a life worth living). Contrary to

In: Terror Management Theory
Author: Donald Wiebe

of the Paleolithic was of the gatherer-hunter who foraged for their livelihood. Hobbes describes our ancestors as living in ‘continual fear’ with ‘a danger of violent death’ and a life that was ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.’ In actuality, Paleolithic populations appear to have been

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Justin Barrett

, intuitive cognition occurs early in development. Hence, it plays a role in shaping thought and communication from the early years of life. Th is notion of intuitive cognition has been imported quite successfully into explanations of recurrent cultural patterns. Simply put, ideas that match intu- itive

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Kim Knott

or several religions as it or they manifest in a particular geographical area. In such studies, while a description may be given of the locality, its character, demography, social and eco- nomic life, it is rare for these factors to be understood as engaging with, informing and being informed by the

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Carl Olson

, which he identifies with the sacred, can best be understood by the interconnections and workings of eroticism, vi- olence, and sacrifice. The key to understanding Bataille's theory is to focus on his concept of eroticism, which was one of his life-long obsessions. According to Bataille, a common feature

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

, might we not ask if the “doubt” the Buddha had was a device to expli- cate the need for the idea of “inviting” the teacher to teach, as opposed to a self-motivated proselytizing? If, as per Indian convention, one should in fact ask the teacher to teach, does it not seem appropriate MTSR 17,3_f7

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Matthew Day

college degree has consistently and dramati- cally increased. Since 1978, a college student’s cost of living has increased three-fold, her medical costs have infl ated around six-fold, but tuition and fee costs have increased by almost a full order of magnitude (College Board 2009). Yet, despite this hyper

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion