A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (Blackwell by Janice Boddy, Michael Lambek

By Janice Boddy, Michael Lambek

Janice Boddy, Michael Lambek (eds.)

A spouse to the Anthropology of faith offers a suite of unique, ethnographically-informed essays that discover the range of ideals, practices, and spiritual studies within the modern international and asks how you can take into consideration faith as a topic of anthropological inquiry.

Presents a set of unique, ethnographically-informed essays exploring the big variety of ideals, practices, and spiritual studies within the modern world
Explores a large variety of themes together with the ‘perspectivism’ debate, the increase of non secular nationalism, reflections on faith and new media, faith and politics, and ideas of self and gender with regards to spiritual belief
Includes examples drawn from varied non secular traditions and from numerous areas of the world

Features newly-commissioned articles reflecting the main up to date study and important pondering within the box, written via a global group of major scholars
Adds immeasurably to our figuring out of the complicated relationships among faith, tradition, society, and the person in today’s global

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Both are semantically overloaded terms. The nonmaterial, immaterial, or extramaterial is relevant for any consideration of an afterlife, and hence for addressing the existential problem of death, as well as the other existential problems that Geertz identifies as pervasive in human worlds, namely suffering, intellectual puzzlement, and unfairness. The nonmaterial characterizes the “second spear” in Zande explanations of misfortune. Insofar as something lacks materiality it is not experienced directly through the senses and hence could be considered occult as opposed to patent, linked to matters of power and secrecy (De Boeck, this volume).

This is perhaps a kind of short-circuiting that, to use Foucault’s terms, claims to both have the truth and be saved by it. Sometimes the regulatory functions that Rappaport perceived for ritual are replaced by idolatry. Moreover, finance capitalism, environmental destruction, employment insecurity, widening income disparities, political oppression and corruption, and general uncertainty continue unabated, whatever the strictures imposed on (or removed from) bodily comportment, family life, sexuality, or critical thought, and whatever the genuine individual satisfactions achieved through religious devotion.

17 simultaneous presence and absence of God” (2007: 9; cf. Keane 2006). Christianity addresses (and produces) the problematic of transcendence through the Trinity; Christian theology, qua tradition, could be viewed in part as an extended conversation on the meaning of the Trinity and the relationship of transcendence to immanence; many solutions to the paradox have been proposed in theology or performed in popular practice. 23 More abstractly, consider the Humble Approach Initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

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