Why We Need Religion Book

Why We Need Religion

  • Author : Stephen T. Asma
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190469696
  • Total Read : 61
  • File Size : 11,5 Mb

Why We Need Religion Summary:

How we feel is as vital to our survival as how we think. This claim, based on the premise that emotions are largely adaptive, serves as the organizing theme of Why We Need Religion. This book is a novel pathway in a well-trodden field of religious studies and philosophy of religion. Stephen Asma argues that, like art, religion has direct access to our emotional lives in ways that science does not. Yes, science can give us emotional feelings of wonder and the sublime--we can feel the sacred depths of nature--but there are many forms of human suffering and vulnerability that are beyond the reach of help from science. Different emotional stresses require different kinds of rescue. Unlike secular authors who praise religion's ethical and civilizing function, Asma argues that its core value lies in its emotionally therapeutic power. No theorist of religion has failed to notice the importance of emotions in spiritual and ritual life, but truly systematic research has only recently delivered concrete data on the neurology, psychology, and anthropology of the emotional systems. This very recent "affective turn" has begun to map out a powerful territory of embodied cognition. Why We Need Religion incorporates new data from these affective sciences into the philosophy of religion. It goes on to describe the way in which religion manages those systems--rage, play, lust, care, grief, and so on. Finally, it argues that religion is still the best cultural apparatus for doing this adaptive work. In short, the book is a Darwinian defense of religious emotions and the cultural systems that manage them.

Why We Need Religion Book

Why We Need Religion

  • Author : Stephen T. Asma
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190469672
  • Total Read : 71
  • File Size : 17,7 Mb

Why We Need Religion Summary:

Religion appears to be about God, messiahs, churchgoing, and morality, but that is only the appearance. It is really about lust, rage, grief, love and the other core emotions. Why We Need Religion is about the way religion successfully manages human emotions, for the good of the individual and the group.

Flourishing Book


  • Author : Miroslav Volf
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-12
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300190557
  • Total Read : 60
  • File Size : 15,8 Mb

Flourishing Summary:

More than almost anything else, globalization and the great world religions are shaping our lives, affecting everything from the public policies of political leaders and the economic decisions of industry bosses and employees, to university curricula, all the way to the inner longings of our hearts. Integral to both globalization and religions are compelling, overlapping, and sometimes competing visions of what it means to live well. In this perceptive, deeply personal, and beautifully written book, a leading theologian sheds light on how religions and globalization have historically interacted and argues for what their relationship ought to be. Recounting how these twinned forces have intersected in his own life, he shows how world religions, despite their malfunctions, remain one of our most potent sources of moral motivation and contain within them profoundly evocative accounts of human flourishing. Globalization should be judged by how well it serves us for living out our authentic humanity as envisioned within these traditions. Through renewal and reform, religions might, in turn, shape globalization so that can be about more than bread alone.

Do We Need Religion  Book

Do We Need Religion

  • Author : Hans Joas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-11-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317261001
  • Total Read : 65
  • File Size : 7,5 Mb

Do We Need Religion Summary:

The old assumption that modernization leads to secularization is outdated. Yet the certainty that religion is an anthropological universal that can only be suppressed by governments is also dead. Thus it is now a favorable moment for a new perspective on religion. This book takes human experiences of self-transcendence as its point of departure. Religious faith is seen as an attempt to articulate and interpret such experiences. Faith then is neither useful nor a symptom of weakness or misery, but an opening up of ways of experience. This book develops this basic idea, contrasts it with the thinking of some leading religious thinkers of our time, and relates it to the current debates about human rights and universal human dignity.

Faith and Reason Book

Faith and Reason

  • Author : Richard Swinburne
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199283927
  • Total Read : 65
  • File Size : 5,9 Mb

Faith and Reason Summary:

Richard Swinburne analyses the purposes of practising a religion, and argues that religious faith requires belief that a particular creed provides the rationale for supposing that these purposes will be achieved.

Need of Religion Book

Need of Religion

  • Author : Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi
  • Publisher : Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania
  • Release Date : 1988-01-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 19
  • ISBN 10 : 9789976956375
  • Total Read : 73
  • File Size : 13,8 Mb

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How God Works Book
Score: 1
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How God Works

  • Author : David DeSteno
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982142339
  • Total Read : 63
  • File Size : 6,6 Mb

How God Works Summary:

Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, pioneering research psychologist David DeSteno shows why religious practices and rituals are so beneficial to those who follow them—and to anyone, regardless of their faith (or lack thereof). Scientists are beginning to discover what believers have known for a long time: the rewards that a religious life can provide. For millennia, people have turned to priests, rabbis, imams, shamans, and others to help them deal with issues of grief and loss, birth and death, morality and meaning. In this absorbing work, DeSteno reveals how numerous religious practices from around the world improve emotional and physical well-being. With empathy and rigor, DeSteno chronicles religious rites and traditions from cradle to grave. He explains how the Japanese rituals surrounding childbirth help strengthen parental bonds with children. He describes how the Apache Sunrise Ceremony makes teenage girls better able to face the rigors of womanhood. He shows how Buddhist meditation reduces hostility and increases compassion. He demonstrates how the Jewish practice of sitting shiva comforts the bereaved. And much more. DeSteno details how belief itself enhances physical and mental health. But you don’t need to be religious to benefit from the trove of wisdom that religion has to offer. Many items in religion’s “toolbox” can help the body and mind whether or not one believes. How God Works offers advice on how to incorporate many of these practices to help all of us live more meaningful, successful, and satisfying lives.

Religion for Atheists Book
Score: 3.5
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Religion for Atheists

  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771025990
  • Total Read : 73
  • File Size : 15,7 Mb

Religion for Atheists Summary:

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.