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Anthropology and Religion  

Michael Lambek

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
Once people accept the historical emergence and spread of science as a unique discursive formation, it becomes nonsense to talk about the relationship between religion and science, or ... More

Atheism and Science  

Peter Atkins

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
Science is the only path to understanding. It would be contaminated rather than enriched by any alliance with religion. Such should be the attitude of a scientifically alert atheist. This ... More

Atheism, Health, and Well-Being  

Karen Hwang

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
The last few years have seen a great deal of research on the association between religion, spirituality, and medical outcomes. This research has not been without controversy however, in ... More

Contributions from the Social Sciences  

Robert A. Segal

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
There has long been tension, not between social scientists and practitioners of religion, but between social scientists and scholars of religious studies, referred to here as ... More

Jewish Environmental Ethics: Intertwining with  

Arthur Waskow

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses Jewish environmental ethics. It focuses on what two central biblical stories—the Garden of Eden and the Flood—tell us about Jewish ecological ethics as the Torah ... More

Natural Theology and Ecology  

Christopher Southgate

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Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter discusses the type of natural theology appropriate to the reading of ecosystems, and gives a number of examples of such an approach. It begins by discussing the impact of Darwinism and ... More

Pain and Ecstatic Religious Experience  

Ariel Glucklich

This article considers a broad selection of mystical writings to identify in ecstatic mystical experience two fundamental dimensions: a feeling of self-transcendence and an extremely high ... More

The Psychology of Atheism  

Miguel Farias

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This essay suggests that atheists endorse a range of naturalistic beliefs, such as belief in progress and in science. Social-psychological evidence for this belief replacement hypothesis, ... More

Psychology, The Human Sciences, And Religion  

Raymond F. Paloutzian

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
Three of the five integrative themes in this article seem straightforward: the path of the research, the role of the psychology of religion, and the methods–theory–methods feedback loop. ... More

Sociology and Religion  

Richard K. Fenn

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
In studying social order, sociologists of religion investigate the sacred. When a social system begins to emerge from the flux of everyday life, it develops boundaries that separate it ... More

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