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From Sacred Text to Internet

Hardback|Dec 2001
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This title is one of five which make up a series that offers an in-depth introduction to contemporary themes and challenges in religious studies. Each textbook works to ensure that readers understand the relevance of methodologies to lived experience and...


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This title is one of five which make up a series that offers an in-depth introduction to contemporary themes and challenges in religious studies. Each textbook works to ensure that readers understand the relevance of methodologies to lived experience and gain the ability to transfer analytic skills to the study of religion in context. The following key issues are discussed* representation and interpretation; modernity and social change; civil religion; the impact of globalization on religion; and the growth of alternative religion.;From Sacred Text to Internet addresses two key issues affecting the global spread of religion* first, the impact of new media on the ways in which religious traditions present their messages, and second, the global relocation of religions in novel geographical and social settings. The book offers extended studies of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and a wide-ranging survey chapter that refers to the presence on the Internet of many of the world's most influential religions.;The chapters explore the relationship between scholarly reconstructions of the life of Jesus and representations of Jesus in contemporary popular cultures; the production and use of sacred images for the Hindu mass market; how Buddhism is represented and spread in the West; the Islamization of Egypt, its causes and influences; and the uses to which the Internet is put by religions as well as how information technology has influenced the future shape of religion.
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From Sacred Text to Internet addresses two key issues affecting the global spread of religion: first, the impact of new media on the ways in which religious traditions present their messages, and second, the global relocation of religions in novel geographical and social settings. The book offers extended studies of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and a wide-ranging survey chapter that refers to the presence on the Internet of many of the world's most influential religions. The chapters explore the relationship between scholarly reconstructions of the life of Jesus and representations of Jesus in contemporary popular cultures; the production and use of sacred images for the Hindu mass market; how Buddhism is represented and spread in the West; the Islamization of Egypt, its causes and influences; and the uses to which the Internet is put by religions as well as how information technology has influenced the future shape of religion.The five textbooks and Reader that make up the Religion Today Open University/Ashgate series are:o From Sacred Text to Interneto Religion and Social Transformationso Perspectives on Civil Religiono Global Religious Movements in Regional Contexto Belief Beyond Boundarieso Religion Today: A Reader
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This is the first volume of a set of five undergraduate textbooks and a reader introducing contemporary themes and challenges in religious studies and published in association with The Open University, UK, which is where the editor and most of the contributors teach. The first volume considers media by which religious traditions and practices are passed down the generations. Five contributed chapters address such topics as Jesus in history and film, Hindu sacred images for the mass market, Buddhism in the UK, the Islamization of Egyptian society 1970-2000, and religion on the Internet. Five reprinted articles follow, on such topics as the characterization of Jesus, the embodiment of divinity in India, and Buddhism in Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • Jesus In History And Film, Steve Moyise And Joanne Pearson; Hindu Sacred Images For The Mass Market, Gwilym Beckerlegge; Representing Western Buddhism - A United Kingdom Focus, Helen Waterhouse; Representing Islam - The "islamization" Of Egyptian Society 1970-2000, David Herbert; Computer-mediated Religion - Religion On The Internet At The Turn Of The 21st Century, Gwilym Beckerlegge; The Characterization Of Jesus, William R. Telford; The Embodiment Of Divinity In India, Joanne Punzo Waghorne; Popular Street Images, James J. Preston; The Construction Of The Popular, Purnima Mankekar; Buddhism In Europe: Past, Present, Prospects, Martin Baumann; Who Is A Buddhist? Charting The Landscape Of Buddhist America, Jan Nattier; Dramatic Reversals: Political Islam And Egyptian Television, Lila Abu-lughod; 'doubt And Confusion': Questions Online, Gary R. Bunt.

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