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Ritual and Religious Belief

Graham Harvey (Ed)

Ritual and Religious Belief

Graham Harvey (Ed)

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"This Reader brings together material that illustrates the problem of ritual as a type of religious behaviour, in relation to belief and thought, and as "vain repetition." "The material presented here seeks an understanding of ritual as performances that may have a logic different to "belief" or as actions that are not meant to be understood. The contributors discuss recent questions about the fluid performance of all identities and the inherent permeability of critical categories such as ritual. An introduction to the various debates is also provided."--BOOK JACKET.

- Publisher Rituals are among the most obvious and common religious activities, but their relationship with other aspects of religion, especially 'belief', has been a problem both for religious people and for scholars. In many religions leaders have worried that people are 'just going through the motions', doing without understanding. People are often accused of 'vain repetition' as if it was possible to perform significant religious acts without repeating oneself. Even the word 'performance' is difficult, because it might imply pretence rather than sincerity. However it is not at all clear that religious actions, rituals, are meant to be understood. Certainly they might function very differently to rational and thoughtful statements of what a religion teaches. This Reader brings together material that illustrates the problem of ritual as a type of religious behaviour, in relation to belief and thought, and as 'vain repetition', with material that provocatively seeks a different understanding of ritual as performances that may have a logic different to 'belief' or as actions that are not meant to be understood. Recent questions about the fluid performance of all identities and the inherent permeability of critical categories such as ritual are also significantly discussed. An introduction to the various debates is provided.

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"This Reader brings together material that illustrates the problem of ritual as a type of religious behaviour, in relation to belief and thought, and as "vain repetition." "The material presented here seeks an understanding of ritual as performances that may have a logic different to "belief" or as actions that are not meant to be understood. The contributors discuss recent questions about the fluid performance of all identities and the inherent permeability of critical categories such as ritual. An introduction to the various debates is also provided."--BOOK JACKET.
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Rituals are among the most obvious and common religious activities, but their relationship with other aspects of religion, especially 'belief', has been a problem both for religious people and for scholars. In many religions leaders have worried that people are 'just going through the motions', doing without understanding. People are often accused of 'vain repetition' as if it was possible to perform significant religious acts without repeating oneself. Even the word 'performance' is difficult, because it might imply pretence rather than sincerity. However it is not at all clear that religious actions, rituals, are meant to be understood. Certainly they might function very differently to rational and thoughtful statements of what a religion teaches. This Reader brings together material that illustrates the problem of ritual as a type of religious behaviour, in relation to belief and thought, and as 'vain repetition', with material that provocatively seeks a different understanding of ritual as performances that may have a logic different to 'belief' or as actions that are not meant to be understood. Recent questions about the fluid performance of all identities and the inherent permeability of critical categories such as ritual are also significantly discussed. An introduction to the various debates is provided.
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Meet the Author

Graham Harvey (Ed)

GRAHAM HARVEY is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester, England.

Table Of Contents

  • General Introduction; Part 1: Exemplifying The Problem; 1. Martin Luther: The Sacraments Of Holy Baptism And Of The Altar; 2. Reform Rabbis In The Usa: The Pittsburgh Conference 'declaration Of Principles'; Part 2: Surveying The Discussion; 3. Jonathan Z. Smith: To Take Place; Part 3: Relating Ritual To Actions And Ideas; 4. Maurice Bloch: Myth; 5. Stanley J. Tambiah: Malinowski's Demarcations And His Exposition Of The Magical Art; 6. Kieran Flanagan: Holy And Unholy Rites: Lies And Mistakes In Liturgy; 7. Ian Reader: Cleaning Floors And Sweeping The Mind; 8. Margaret J. King: Instruction And Delight: Theme Parks And Education; 9. Edward L. Schieffelin: Problematizing Performance; 10. Peter Stallybrass And Allon White: Introduction; 11. Gerrie Ter Haar: Ritual As Communication: A Study Of African Christian Communities In The Bijlmer District Of Amsterdam; 12. David I. Kertzer: The Rites Of Power; 13. Susan.s. Sered: Ritual Expertise In The Modern World; 14. Carlo Severi: Memory, Reflexivity And Belief: Reflections On The Ritual Use Of Language; Part 4: Conclusion: Reflecting On Our Categories; 15. Malcolm Ruel: Christians As Believers; 16. Catherine Bell: Ritual Reification

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 226295
  • Product Code 1904768172
  • EAN 9781904768173
  • Pages 264
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Routledge
  • Publication Date Sep 2005
  • Dimensions 248 x 171 mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

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