A Constructive Critique of Religion

A key argument running through the book is that to develop constructive forms of critique a more thorough and systematic investigation of resources for criticism located within religious worldviews themselves is needed.

Author: Mia Lövheim

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350113107

Category: Religion

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Why do some strategies for critique of religion seem to be more beneficial for constructive engagement, whereas others increase intolerance, polarization, and conflict? Through an analysis of the reasons underpinning a critique of religion in institutional contexts of secular democratic societies, A Constructive Critique of Religion explores how constructive interaction and critique can be developed across diverse interests. It shows how social and cultural conditions shaping these institutions enable and structure a critical and constructive engagement across diverging worldviews. A key argument running through the book is that to develop constructive forms of critique a more thorough and systematic investigation of resources for criticism located within religious worldviews themselves is needed. Chapters also address how critique of Islam and Christianity in particular is expressed in areas such as academia, the law, politics, media, education and parenting, with a focus on Northern Europe and North America. The interdisciplinary approach, which combines theoretical perspectives with empirical case studies, contributes to advancing studies of the complex and contentious character of religion in contemporary society.
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A Constructive Critique of Religion

A key argument running through the book is that to develop constructive forms of critique a more thorough and systematic investigation of resources for criticism located within religious worldviews themselves is needed.

Author: Mia Lövheim

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1350113093

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Increasing religious diversity and the associated confrontations between those with different worldviews means there is a pressing need to engage with how constructive interaction and critique can be developed across diverse interests. Contributors to this collection tackle this challenge through an analysis of the reasons underpinning a critique of religion in institutional contexts of secular democratic societies. They explore how social and cultural conditions shaping these institutions enable and structure a critical and constructive engagement across diverging worldviews. This dual approach offers an innovative way of addressing the question of why some strategies for critique of religion seem to be more beneficial for constructive engagement, whereas others increase intolerance, polarization, and conflict. A key argument running through the book is that to develop constructive forms of critique a more thorough and systematic investigation of resources for criticism located within religious worldviews themselves is needed. This investigation needs to be anchored in an analysis of conditions under which such resources can be accommodated within particular social institutions. Chapters address how critique of Islam and Christianity in particular is expressed in academia, the law, politics, media, civil society, education and parenting with a focus on Northern Europe and North America. The interdisciplinary approach, which combines theoretical perspectives from theology, philosophy, religious studies, history, sociology, law, and educational studies with empirical case studies, contributes to advancing studies of the complex and contentious character of religion in contemporary society.
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Old and New Theology

Author: John Bickford Heard

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590473128

Category: Theology, Doctrinal

Page: 364

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Critique of Religion and Philosophy

If a belief is based on badly insufficient evidence or faulty arguments or both, then we are generous indeed if we still stop to ask: What causes those who ...

Author: Walter A. Kaufmann

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691214306

Category: Philosophy

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The description for this book, Critique of Religion and Philosophy, will be forthcoming.
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Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion

religion. A. constructive. critique. Hans. Mol. I want to start this paper by articulating a rather deep-seated bias and prejudice in terms of which I ...

Author: Adam J. Powell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351854856

Category: Religion

Page: 116

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Hans Mol was born in the Netherlands during the 1920s. His imprisonment by the Gestapo during World War II began a long intellectual journey, exploring the role of religion in society. His work on the sociology of religion throughout the 20th and 21st Century is distinctive in its quest for both methodological and existential balance Part One of this book includes a brief outline of Mol’s most influential theory as originally explicated in Identity and the Sacred (1976). This is followed by a look at the initial reception of that theory in relation to the competing concepts of Mol’s contemporaries. Part Two is comprised of four previously-unpublished essays written by Mol during the 70s and 80s. Covering topics from evolution to evangelicalism, the papers display the sweeping ambition of this sociologist as well as the tone and contours of his intellectual articulation. In the Postscript this volume concludes with select transcripts of interviews conducted between Adam Powell and Hans Mol during the Spring of 2012. This volume of Mol’s work will be of keen interest to academics and students with an interest in the sociology of religion post-World War II and the development of contemporary Christian theology.
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Religion Conflict and Democracy in Modern Africa

Only in a constructive critique that demands liberation of Christianity, can it then fulfill its true potential as a force to humanize and provide greater ...

Author: Samuel K. Elolia

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621891710

Category: Religion

Page: 386

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Spanning various regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, the authors of this volume come together to explore the complex relationship between religion and democracy in contemporary Africa. As a result of the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union, many African countries have come to the realization, however partial, that political and social change is inevitable in spite of government heavy-handedness and threats. It has also become evident that no political system that refuses to permit freedom of political expression and alternative systems of governance could continue to be sustained. It is in precisely this political climate that religious institutions have collaborated with other elements of civil society to call for political reforms, with the church often becoming the prominent voice against oppressive governments in countries such as Kenya and South Africa. It is the purpose of this book to assess how religion shapes political issues and to what extent religious forces influence the civil society. By acknowledging the role of the civil society, the essays recognize the resilience that comes out of Africa even when the sociopolitical situation seems unbearable.
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Learning to be Norwegian A case study of identity management in religious education in Norway

Second, enabling the pupil to step outside the material studied, and engage in a constructive critique of the ideas presented. Critiquing religious ...

Author: Lars Laird Iversen

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 383097647X

Category: Education

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How are people educated to feel that they are part of a nation? What role does religion play in such a process? In this book Lars Laird Iversen takes a close look at Religious Education in Norway in order to find answers to these crucial questions. The intersection of school, religion and national identity is a hotspot for public controversy, in Norway as well as many other countries. Global flows of ideas and migrants have made religious plurality a fact on the ground in Norwegian city- and mediascapes. Iversen investigates the complexities that arise when the nation-shaping ambitions of Norwegian state curriculum authors meets the diverse group of pupils in religious education classes. The book also provides a theoretical discussion on how religious groups, and other groups with identity claims, should be understood, drawing on contemporary debates between social constructionist and critical realist approaches.
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Religion in Uniform

A Critique of US Military Chaplaincy Edward Waggoner. to dominate or obscure the values expressed by the others. My analyses and arguments suggest that ...

Author: Edward Waggoner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498596169

Category: Religion

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The first scholarly evaluation of the contemporary US military chaplain corps, and the first to offer not only political and military but also theological analysis, Religion in Uniform shows why the military’s chaplaincy is a failing public project, and what Americans can do about it.
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Religion and Education in Europe

England and Wales, religious education aims to foster knowledge and ... in which pupils make a constructive critique of the material studied at a distance, ...

Author: Robert Jackson

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830967651

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Religious Diversity and Education Nordic Perspectives

Individuals are seen as unique, but the group tied nature of religion is recognized, ... make a constructive critique of the material studied at a distance, ...

Author: Geir Skeie

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830971542

Category: Education

Page: 237

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In the last ten years or so, religious plurality has become higher on the agenda for religious education research in the Nordic countries. This attention to religious plurality partly reflects processes of globalisation that include both physical migration and communication of ideas and is-sues across the world, making it ‘smaller’. It also reflects the preoccupation of governments with social cohesion and, as part of this, intercultural education. In the curricula of the Nordic countries this is manifested in different ways, setting also the agenda for parts of educational research. This book addresses issues related to the increasing religious plurality in the Nordic countries. These issues are a challenge to many religious groups including historically dominant Lutheran national churches, both nationally and locally. They have also led to a reorientation in religious education research in the last decade. A rich variety of research perspectives are presented under three headings: Theoretical and methodical perspectives, The world of the students, Teachers and textbooks. Nordic religious education research here proves to be internationally oriented in terms of theoretical perspectives, whilst also contributing to the debate through important empirical studies. Examples of issues covered in the book are unintended learning, dialogue, gender, life-interpretation, spirituality, identity and values. In different ways all the contributions in this book shed light on the common theme of diversity, and are based on a will to include diverse perspectives both on the actors and the material of the classroom as well as on the life world of young people. The researchers represent different generations and different theoretical and methodological perspectives.
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Bonhoeffer and Beyond

Promoting a Dialogue Between Religion and Politics Ralf K. Wüstenberg ... be faithful to his constructive critique of religion , particularly at times of ...

Author: Ralf K. Wüstenberg

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3631568738

Category: Religion

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What might the often cited phrases from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's prison theology mean for the ethical discourse at the beginning of the 21st century? Which hermeneutical concepts might enable contemporary religious thinkers to enter into a dialogue with Bonhoeffer's thought? This collection of lectures will address questions like these both by examining the intellectual, cultural and historical origins of Bonhoeffer's Tegel Theology and by drawing out the ethical consequences of Bonhoeffer's contribution for current political discourses. Going Bonhoeffer and Beyond - as the title indicates - means interpreting contemporary issues like religious pluralism and political ethics in the light of Bonhoeffer's key ideas such as his Christological «life-concept» or his ethical distinction between the «ultimate and the penultimate things».
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Religious Education for Plural Societies

Studies of children from a range of different religious backgrounds in Britain ... 2 making a constructive critique of the material studied at a distance; ...

Author: Robert Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351376914

Category: Education

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In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces – extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands and see how their work contributes to the development of the field. Religious Education for Plural Societies highlights key writings from Robert Jackson’s international career in education. It provides a historical perspective in relation to current debates about religious education in the UK and internationally, drawing attention to current issues of concern. Carefully selected examples explore the key themes in religious education that allow us to consider how things were, how they are now and the future for the field of study. Split into parts: empirical research; the interpretive approach to religious education pedagogy; religious education and plurality and human rights and international policy developments, Robert Jackson also provides an overview of the text in the form of a general introduction, and also introductions to each section of the book, allowing the reader a personal insight into why each piece has been chosen. Religious Education for Plural Societies allows readers to follow themes and strands across Robert Jackson’s career and see how his work has contributed to the development of the fields of religions and education. It will be of interest to all followers of Robert Jackson’s work and any reader interested in the development of religious education in the UK and internationally.
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Faith and Its Critics

constructive voices and those who believe that it can flourish in a ... If we want to defend Christianity from easy caricatures and to present its moderate ...

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615078

Category: Religion

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Heralded as the exponents of a 'new atheism', critics of religion are highly visible in today's media, and include the household names of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. David Fergusson explains their work in its historical perspective, drawing comparisons with earlier forms of atheism. Responding to the critics through conversations on the credibility of religious belief, Darwinism, morality, fundamentalism, and our approach to reading sacred texts, he establishes a compelling case for the practical and theoretical validity of faith in the contemporary world. An invitation to engage in a rich dialogue, Faith and Its Critics supports an informed and constructive exchange of ideas rather than a contest between two sides of the debate. Fergusson encourages faith communities to undertake patient engagement with their critics, to acknowledge the place for change and development in their self-understanding whilst resisting the reductive explanations of the new atheism.
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On Holy Ground

... ignore or pathologize the religious and spiritual dimension of human life. ... have contributed much in the way of a constructive critique of religion.

Author: John Peter Sullivan

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 076181177X

Category: Psychology

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Presents in-depth conversations with five quite different but highly experienced and mature psychotherapists who bring their spirituality into their professional practice. Interviews reveal how these therapists think about the relationship of their spiritual lives to their therapeutic work, and how they actually work with that understanding in clinical circumstances. Their insights anticipate and address important critiques of spirituality that come from classical psychological practice. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Religious Education

Whilst this was influential in moving religious education forward in theory ... life); making a constructive critique of the material studied at a distance; ...

Author: Clive Erricker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136998300

Category: Education

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The role of Religious Education in secondary schools is the subject of national and international debate. This book examines the current debates surrounding RE and puts forward a new approach to teaching the subject that is non-faith based and focused on conceptual enquiry and the development of a clear pedagogy. The book is based on the Living Difference learning model developed in Hampshire and adopted in other parts of the UK, which is sparking international discussion and provides an effective approach to implementing the new secondary curriculum. The chapters include examinations of: religious education and the curriculum an interdisciplinary approach to religious education the significance of pedagogy and learners’ development planning, progression, assessment and delivery specific case studies and examples of good practice in schools theoretical grounding and the future of RE the effects of globalisation, post-modernity and multiculturalism. Providing a basis for developing thinking about Religious Education, its place in the curriculum and how it can be delivered effectively in schools, this book is essential reading for tutors, students and teachers.
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