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On Meanings of Life
On Meanings of Life (August 2002)
Their Nature and Origin
Jerome Eckstein - Author

Explores the factors that make for a meaningful life.

Addressing the question of what makes life meaningful, Jerome Eckstein explores the ways in which we can heighten or diminish the quality of our life experience. He focuses on two contrasting attitudes toward life experiences: “interested” (goal-oriented) and “intraested” (non-goal-oriented, i.e., something directed only at itself) and shows th...(Read More)
 
 
Jewish Baby Boomers
Jewish Baby Boomers (January 2001)
A Communal Perspective
Chaim I. Waxman - Author

A thorough analysis of the religious and ethnic identification of America's Jewish baby boomers.

This book critically analyzes American Jewish baby boomers, focusing on the implications of their Jewish identity and identification for the collective American Jewish community. Utilizing data obtained from the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, the book begins with a demographic portrait of American Jewish baby bo...(Read More)
 
 
Religion and Economics
Religion and Economics (January 2000)
New Perspectives
Bruce D. Chilton - Author
Jacob Neusner - Author

New perspectives on the bond between religion and economics.

This collection of papers on a common theme forms another step in the joint authors’ long-term program of tightening the bonds between the study of religion and the social sciences. Scholars of texts require the perspective and the rigor, in interpreting those texts as religious documents, of social science, and scholars of social science, with t...(Read More)
 
 
National Variations in Jewish Identity
National Variations in Jewish Identity (November 1999)
Implications for Jewish Education
Steven M. Cohen - Editor
Gabriel Horenczyk - Editor

A collaboration of the world's leading contemporary Jewry scholars, this book explains how and why Jewish identity differs in various societies and regions and the impact of these variations on the theory and practice of Jewish education. The authors discuss differences that extend beyond such immediately obvious variations as language and dress. Included is an examination of what Jews believe they share and what sets them apart from others; what sp...(Read More)
 
 
Three Faces of God
Three Faces of God (November 1998)
Society, Religion, and the Categories of Totality in the Philosophy of Emile Durkheim
Donald A. Nielsen - Author

A fresh interpretation of the work of Emile Durkheim, which argues that in addition to being a pioneer in sociological theory and research, Durkheim was also a major social philosopher concerned with religion, metaphysics, and knowledge.

"This is sociological scholarship at its best. This work goes to the head of the class in terms of an original work relating Durkheim to central philosophical questions and traditi...(Read More)
 
 
Jewish Choices
Jewish Choices (December 1997)
American Jewish Denominationalism
Bernard Lazerwitz - Author
J. Alan Winter - Author
Arnold Dashefsky - Author
Ephraim Tabory - Author

Illustrates how and why Jewish denominational preferences are more a matter of individual choice than family heritage.

Having a religious preference and expressing it via a denominational choice is a fundamental way Americans relate to their society. Similarly, American Jews have divided their religion into four parts--Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and no preference Jews. This book focuses on how Jewish lifestyles are...(Read More)
 
 
Pulpit Politics
Pulpit Politics (November 1996)
Faces of American Protestant Nationalism in the Twentieth Century
Warren L. Vinz - Author

Discusses the manner in which nationalistic expression forged a new religious relevance to the American experience and the extent to which these diverse styles of religious nationalism created and reflected tension in twentieth-century America.
Pulpit Politics discusses the manner in which nationalistic expression forged a new religious relevance to the American experience and the extent to which these diverse styles of religious n...(Read More)
 
 
Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion
Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion (October 1996)
Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War
Anna L. Peterson - Author

By examining the ways that Catholic activists responded to political violence in El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s, this book documents the beliefs and history of an important religious community, and explores the nature of religion's role in political ideology and mobilization.

Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion explores the ways that Salvadoran Catholics sought to make sense of political violence in the...(Read More)
 
 
Religious and Social Ritual
Religious and Social Ritual (February 1996)
Interdisciplinary Explorations
Michael B. Aune - Editor
Valerie DeMarinis - Editor

Examines particular rituals (social and religious) as a special kind of cultural performance or interaction in a wide variety of traditions and locations.
"This is a very timely work in a field of enquiry that has tremendous implications for human praxis. It articulates what many skilled practitioners of liturgical and ritual arts have known for centuries, but it does so within new 'episteme'(Foucault) or new styles of knowing and legitim...(Read More)
 
 
For God and Fatherland
For God and Fatherland (January 1996)
Religion and Politics in Argentina
Michael A. Burdick - Author

This analysis of the crises in church-state relations in Argentina over the last 100 years shows that the constitutionally-established Catholic Church was progressively disenfranchised by various governments and responded by struggling to maintain the institution's historic rights and privileges and to speak as the moral conscience of Argentina.

"Burdick provides (at long last) a basic study of the twentieth-century Argentine ...(Read More)
 
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