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Religion and Globalization

World Religions in Historical Perspective

John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis

Publication Date - 31 December 2007

ISBN: 9780195176957

624 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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This unique introduction explores seven major religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies.


The twenty-first century is witnessing a resurgence and globalization of religion. Around the world, religion has become an increasingly more vital and pervasive force in both personal and public life. Revealing the significance of religion in the contemporary world, Religion and Globalization: World Religions in Historical Perspective explores seven major religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies.
Written by three highly respected scholars--the authors of World Religions Today, Second Edition--this text covers Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, and new religious movements. Taking a fresh approach, it uses historical coverage of the religious traditions as a framework to help students understand how faiths have evolved to the present day and continue to have an impact on belief, politics, and society. The book connects today's religions to their classical beliefs and practices but also shows how they have been transformed by globalization and by their contact with one another. The authors examine how the global changes that began with the Scientific Revolution influence the ways that religions are practiced today. They reflect not only on how ancient traditions have been modified in order to accommodate current realities but also on how the global synergy of these traditions is changing current social and political realities. To help students grasp what might be "new" about the emerging era of religious life in the twenty-first century, each discussion opens with a contemporary scenario of religious experience that illustrates the tension between pre-modern views and modernity.
Ideal for courses on religion and globalization, religion and politics, and comparative religion, Religion and Globalization features sixteen custom maps, key terms at the end of each chapter, a glossary, and timelines of major events in each tradition.

Table of Contents

    Each chapter begins with an Overview and concludes with Discussion Questions, Key Terms, Suggested Readings, and Notes. Chapters 2-7 end with a Conclusion.
    1. Introduction
    Religion and Globalization
    Understanding Religious Experience and Its Expressions
    The Great Religious Stories of the World
    Modernization in Global Perspective
    Modern Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity
    Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    2. Christianity and the Road to Modernity
    Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy
    Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era
    Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era
    Christianity and Modernity
    Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    3. The Many Faces of Judaism: Sacred and Secular
    Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy
    Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era--Biblical Origins
    Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era--From Torah to Talmud
    Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era
    Judaism and Modernity
    Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    4. The Globalization of Islam and Muslims
    Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism
    Premodern Islam: The Formative Era
    Premodern Islam: The Classical Era
    Islam and Modernity
    Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    Islam: Postmodern Challenges
    5. Hinduism: Myriad Paths to Salvation
    Encounter with Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State
    Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era
    Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era
    Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era
    Hinduism and Modernity
    Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    6. Buddhism: Ways to Nirvana
    Encounter with Modernity: Socially Engaged Buddhism
    Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era
    Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era
    Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion
    Buddhism and Modernity
    Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    7. East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmony
    Encounter with Modernity: Postcolonial Confucian Economics
    East Asian Religions in the Premodern Era
    East Asian Religions and Modernity
    East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    8. Globalization: From New to New Age Religions
    New Religions
    New Age Religions
    Religious Postmodernism and Global Ethics
    Time Lines

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