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reflections is to develop the importance of spirituality in relation to violence and to link ecclesia’s experience and traditional spirituality to the interatedness of violence and facilitation of a culture and life of respect. Today, the various principal faith traditions in our society contribute to

In: "Ökumene ist keine Häresie"

Christian “Romanitas” after the first decades of the 4th century to practical political purposes. In the much broader picture of the construction of a coherent political ideology, though, it is the cosmic significance that a religious and especially ritual uniformity acquires that motivates the religious

In: "Ökumene ist keine Häresie"

-Period ōjōden —in which salvation is portrayed as the culmination of the character’s life—the moment of conversion appears as a kind of turning point, a point of discontinuity with the past, when self-motivated practices are rejected in favor of an exclusive reliance on the “Other power” of Amida. It is a

In: Critical Readings on Pure Land Buddhism in Japan
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

breath to be the root of life. 36 Therefore, Amida is, in verity, the life of all beings. Since the living beings of the world are endless, we call Amida “Endless Life.” 37 A particularly notable use of Kakuban’s idea of kimyō as life-breath is that made by the Danna-ryu cult of Genshi Kimyō

In: Critical Readings on Pure Land Buddhism in Japan
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
Author: Delfim F. Leão

, comparable to the one that took the life of Socrates. And thus, while Alcibiades squandered the advantages of living close to Socrates, Phocion, by contrast, is represented as a worthy successor to the philosopher, though the historical setting in which he lived did not allow him to develop fully an ἀρετή

In: Plutarch’s Religious Landscapes

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