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Author: Kennet Granholm

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156852711X577069 Numen 58 (2011) 514–544 “Sons of Northern Darkness”: Heathen Influences in Black Metal and Neofolk Music 1 Kennet Granholm Department of History of Religions, Stockholm University SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden kennet

In: Numen
Author: Mohr, Hubert

Heathen are always the ‘others’: Muslims, freethinkers and atheists, cannibals—even Catholics or Protestants, as you prefer. ‘Heathen’ is a collective, ‘exclusive’ (excluding) concept: in the Hebrew Bible, the ‘others’ are the goyim (Gen 10:5, Isa 14:26); in the Greek New Testament, they are ta

In: The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online
Exploration, trade and conquest expanded and upset traditional worldviews of early modern Europeans. Christians saw themselves confronted with a largely heathen world. In the wake of Iberian colonization, Jesuits successfully christianized heathen populations overseas. In his De conversione Indorum et gentilium, Johannes Hoornbeeck presents a systematic overview of every aspect of the missionary imperative from a Reformed Protestant perspective. The most attractive part of his book may be the global survey it offers of the various types of heathens, an early example of comparative religion. Of equal interest, however, is his critical approach to mission. Hoornbeeck rejects ecclesiastical hierarchy and top-down imposition of Christianity. In this he is perfectly orthodox, and at the same time startlingly original and a harbinger of modern missions. His practical recommendations offer a flexible framework for missionaries, to fit a wide variety of circumstances.
Asia, the West and the Dynamic of Religion
Today, most intellectuals agree that (a) Christianity has profoundly influenced western culture; (b) members from different cultures experience many aspects of the world differently; (c) the empirical and theoretical study of both culture and religion emerged within the West.
The present study argues that these truisms have implications for the conceptualization of religion and culture. More specifically, the thesis is that non-western cultures and religions differ from the descriptions prevalent in the West, and it is also explained why this has been the case. The author proposes novel analyses of religion, the Roman 'religio', the construction of 'religions' in India, and the nature of cultural differences. Religion is important to the West because the constitution and the identity of western culture is tied to the dynamic of Christianity as a religion.

United States. The poem’s critics feared that Arnold was making “temporary Buddhists of many readers.” “This is heathenism,” a missionary to China declared in highlighting its perceived danger, “but it is very beautiful heathenism.” 4 The Light of Asia attracted adversaries as well as admirers

In: Journal of American-East Asian Relations
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This chapter interprets Robert Edric’s The Book of the Heathen (2000) as a contemporary historical novel that criticises orientalism, or, rather, exoticism, by focusing on the ideals of masculinity that bolster up the exoticist project. Edric’s novel registers the breakdown of the moral ideal of Christian manliness within the brutal colonial conditions of the late nineteenth-century Congo. Colonialism and Christian manliness are shown to be fundamentally at odds with each other, contrary to the Victorian inclination to view them as mutually enhancing forces. The disillusionment of its leading characters unfolds a specific perspective on colonial trauma as profound moral disorientation. Although the novel evokes a world that existed more than a hundred years ago, subverting a moral ideal that may seem quaint to contemporary readers at first sight, this is, in fact, an urgent and topical work that exemplifies our profound complicity within the (post-)colonial order. This novel preempts illusions of self-righteousness and moral superiority vis-à-vis the colonial past, as well as nostalgic escapes into bygone periods.

In: Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma