Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 April 2019

464 Pages

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780198836124

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Religion and the Philosophy of Life

Gavin Flood

  • Reveals how religion as the source of civilization transforms the fundamental bio-sociology of humans through language and the somatic exploration of religious ritual and prayer
  • Deals with fundamental questions and assumptions: what the current state of knowledge is concerning life itself; what the philosophical issues are in that understanding; and how we can explain human development within an evolutionary perspective
  • Offers a reading of religions in three civilizational blocks, India, China, and Europe/the Middle East, particularly as they came to formation in the medieval period when the traditions have defined boundaries and the textual authorities have been establish
  • Takes up the idea of a life force traced through to modern times
  • Features an epilogue offering contemporary reflection on life itself, self-repair, and the future, especially in relation to biotechnology

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