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Anthropology of Religious Conversion

Henri Gooren.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion

April 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 14802 words.

This chapter analyzes important approaches in anthropology that have dealt with religious change. The central question is how anthropologists identify and analyze the main factors in the...

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Anti-Semitism Research

Wolfgang Benz.

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

December 2004; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 5545 words.

Anti-Semitism refers to all anti-Jewish statements, tendencies, resentments, attitudes, and actions, regardless of whether they are religiously, racially, socially, or otherwise motivated....

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Atheism and Societal Health

Phil Zuckerman.

in The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

November 2013; p ublished online October 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Alternative Belief Systems; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 6527 words.

This article examines the strong correlation that currently exists between high levels of secularity in a given society positive societal well-being. By looking at the most and least...

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Atheism, Health, and Well-Being

Karen Hwang.

in The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

November 2013; p ublished online October 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Alternative Belief Systems; Religion and Science; Sociology of Religion. 5818 words.

The last few years have seen a great deal of research on the association between religion, spirituality, and medical outcomes. This research has not been without controversy however, in...

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Augustine

James Wetzel.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies. 8045 words.

The dazzling display of emotional intelligence that gives the Confessions, Augustine's most famous work, its resonance for students of the inner life is evident, albeit in more muted hues,...

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Buddhist Economics

Matthew King.

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Comparative Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 11235 words.

In addition to summarizing key concerns in Theravāda Buddhist Economics by scholars such as E. F. Schumacher and the Thai monk Payutto, this essay explores how descriptions of the West,...

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Christian Initiation

Maxwell E. Johnson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

September 2008; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Christianity; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 8412 words.

To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory...

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The Christian Reconstruction Movement in U.S. Politics

Julie Ingersoll.

P ublished online January 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Issues and Debates; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 6610 words.

For more than half a century, Rousas John Rushdoony and his followers have articulated and disseminated what they understand to be a biblical worldview, based in aspects of traditional...

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Cities as One Site for Religion and Violence

Saskia Sassen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

January 2013; p ublished online March 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion; Interfaith Relations. 5701 words.

This chapter covers the question of organized religions in the complex global modernity. It explores a range of interactions between the rise of cities as key global spaces for economic,...

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Constructionism and Its Critics

John Kloos.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies. 7827 words.

Since the 1970s, social scientists increasingly have cast human emotions in the arenas of culturally or linguistically constructed expression. A wide spectrum of theoretical terminology has...

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