Key Words in Religious Studies

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120 pp., 5 x 7
Paperback
ISBN: 9781589011250 (1589011252)


July 2006
LC: 2006006886
Sales Rights: Only for sale in the US, Canada and Mexico

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Key Words in Religious Studies
Ron Geaves

Chosen as an Outstanding Title in 2007 by the American Association of School Libraries and the Public Library Association

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions.

Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

A quick sampling of terms from this volume:

Agnosticism
Canon
Exegesis
Grace
Liberation Theology
Monotheism
Parable
Ritual
Theocracy

Sample Definitions:

Exegesis The process of explaining a sacred text in order to penetrate further into the author's meaning or to apply new interpretations based upon contemporary situations or enhanced knowledge (see hermeneutics, sacred texts).

Monotheism The worship of one God regarded as the sole and universal creator of the universe, typically expressed in the religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. However varieties of monotheism can also be found in Indian traditions. Monotheistic beliefs classically assert that such a deity is personal, caring for and involving itself in the affairs of human beings through revelation (see deism, monism, henotheism, polytheism, revelation).


Ron Geaves is professor of the comparative study of religion at Liverpool Hope University in England.


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"A necessary and valuable contribution to religious studies and the study of religions that teachers, and especially students, in higher education institutions will very much welcome."—Teaching Theology & Religion