Why Religion?

A Personal Story


Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062368559

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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New York Times bestseller One of PW’s Best Books of the Year One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions. These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face. Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture. A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, Why Religion? explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.

Why Religion?


Author: John Alexander

Publisher: John Alexander

ISBN: 1554838932


Page: 214

View: 5182

Many people are members of some kind of religion. A few fundamentalists even believe in theirs so strongly that they think it is correct to kill for it. Yet many people disagree with this reasoning, and a few atheists even claim there is no God anyway. There are many good and moral people, in all cultures worldwide, in both camps. Without making hard conclusions, this is one agnostic's theory, based upon his understanding of ancient and modern history, as to how so many of us came to belong to a formal religion in the first place. What would anyone want in a writer of a book like Why Religion? One would want the writer to be someone who is: / neither atheistic nor a believer, just agnostic, / sensible, / experienced in life, / knowledgeable about history, / fair-minded.

Summary & Analysis of Why Religion

A Personal Story | A Guide to the Book by Elaine Pagels


Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads


Category: Religion

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/2MoPKPu Why Religion?, is a deeply personal and powerful account of renowned scholar Elaine Pagels’s journey to come to terms with intense personal loss through her ground-breaking research into Christian traditions. Her book will compel any thoughtful reader to re-examine their own attitudes towards sexuality, suffering, joy, and death. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? - Synopsis of the original book - Chapter-by-chapter summaries - Analysis of Pagels' intertwining of the Bible, spirituality, modern society, and other religions. - Thoughts on feminism, sexuality, grief, death, the afterlife, and more - In-depth editorial review - Background on Elaine Pagels About the Original Book: In Why Religion?: A Personal Story, the award-winning religious scholar Elaine Pagels weaves together a story of heart-breaking personal loss with an examination of the relevance of religious traditions in modern times. Her research into the recently discovered Gnostic Gospels took upon a personal meaning after she lost her son and husband within a year of each other. The book relates how she found solace in the insights discovered in these “secret” texts and offers the reader a deeper understanding of how Christian folklore continues to shape Western cultural attitudes centuries later. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Why Religion? ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/2MoPKPu to purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health

Evidence, Implications, and Resources


Author: Doug Oman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319739662

Category: Social Science

Page: 476

View: 6772

This volume reviews the exploding religion/spirituality (R/S) and health literature from a population health perspective. It emphasizes the distinctive Public Health concern for promoting health and preventing disease in societies, nations, and communities, as well as individuals. Part I offers a rigorous review of mainstream biomedical and social scientific theory and evidence on R/S-health relations. Addressing key gaps in previous literature, it reviews evidence from a population health viewpoint, surveying pertinent findings and theories from the perspective of Public Health subfields that range from Environmental Health Sciences to Public Health Nutrition to Health Policy & Management and Public Health Education. In Part II, practitioners describe in detail how attending to R/S factors enhances the work of clinicians and community health practitioners. R/S provides an additional set of concepts and tools to address opportunities and challenges ranging from behavior and institutional change to education, policy, and advocacy. Part III empowers educators, analyzing pedagogical needs and offering diverse short chapters by faculty who teach R/S-health connections in many nationally top-ranked Schools of Public Health. International and global perspectives are highlighted in a concluding chapter and many places throughout the volume. This book addresses a pressing need for Public Health research, practice and teaching: A substantial evidence base now links religious and spiritual (R/S) factors to health. In the past 20 years, over 100 systematic reviews and 30 meta-analyses on R/S-health were published in refereed journals. But despite this explosion of interest, R/S factors remain neglected in Public Health teaching and research. Public Health lags behind related fields such as medicine, psychology, and nursing, where R/S factors receive more attention. This book can help Public Health catch up. It offers abundant key resources to empower public health professionals, instructors, and students to address R/S, serving at once as a course text, a field manual and a research handbook.

Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not


Author: Robert N. McCauley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199341540

Category: Psychology

Page: 335

View: 5666

A comparison of the cognitive foundations of religion and science and an argument that religion is cognitively natural and that science is cognitively unnatural.

Why Religion?

About One of the Strongest and Most Productive Motifs in Human Life


Author: Yehuda Cohen

Publisher: Priests Publishing

ISBN: 9789659061501

Category: Religion

Page: 568

View: 6385

About one of the Strongest and most Productive Motifs in Human Life

Speaking of Faith

Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk about It


Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143113188

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 6190

The author explores the role of faith in contemporary society, drawing on her life experiences and her in-depth conversations with such figures as Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Why Religion Matters

The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief


Author: Huston Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061756245

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 7450

Huston Smith, the author of the classic bestseller The World's Religions, delivers a passionate, timely message: The human spirit is being suffocated by the dominant materialistic worldview of our times. Smith champions a society in which religion is once again treasured and authentically practiced as the vital source of human wisdom.

The Naked Emperor

Why Religion Is Bollocks


Author: Peter Lockhart

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781475178241

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

View: 1660

Marcus Aurelius asked a pertinent question: What is it in itself, what is its nature? This question, meant for anything and everything, has been applied to Religion by Peter Lockhart. To answer it, he goes to the origins, both historically and psychologically. Like any living organism, a religion has relatives and origins. These are easily found in the Bible, and in the History of the Christian and Jewish religions. The clear link between Judaism and Christianity, with ancient Persia and Zoroastrianism, is easily found in both the Old and New Testaments. Then there is the psychological aspect of religions. Jungian psychology and the outline of fictional stories, the archetypes found within them, and the glaring similarities of the Bible with other Myths, Legends, fables and epic stories, is explained. In addition, the dark history of different religions is held to account by the author. No organisation is spared, as the deeds of the past and present, are discussed and laid bare for all to see. Speaking as one who was in a Catholic orphanage as a small boy, Lockhart writes with both conviction and experience. No punches are pulled, and no stone is left unturned. The author and this book, takes a wrecking ball to religion.

Is Faith Delusion?

Why Religion is Good for Your Health


Author: Andrew Sims

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847063403

Category: Religion

Page: 237

View: 6603

How, in a scientifically and technologically advanced age, can people still believe in God? Andrew Sims examines both the connection and the division between Christian faith and psychiatry.