Modes Of Religiosity

Author: Harvey Whitehouse
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759106154
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Modes Of Religiosity from the Author: Harvey Whitehouse. Religions whatever else they may be are configurations of cultural information reproduced across space and time. Beginning with this seemingly obvious fact of religious transmission, Harvey Whitehouse goes on to construct a testable theory of how religions are created, passed on, and changed. At the center of his theory are two divergent 'modes of religiosity: ' the imagistic and the doctrinal. Drawing from recent advances in cognitive science, Whitehouse's theory shows how religions tend to coalesce around one of these two poles depending on how religious behaviors are remembered. In the 'imagistic mode, ' rituals have a lasting impact on people's minds, haunting not only our memories but influencing the way we ruminate on religious topics. These psychological features are linked to the scale and structure of religious communities, fostering small, exclusive, and ideologically heterogeneous ritual groupings or factions. In the 'doctrinal mode', on the other hand, religious knowledge is primarily spread through intensive and repetitive teaching; religious communities are contrastingly large, inclusive, and centrally regulated. While these tendencies have long been recognized in the history of the study of religion, the modes of religiosity theory is unique in that it explains why these tendencies exist. More importantly, Whitehouse does not give the final word, but invites us to join a series of collaborative networks among anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, and psychologists, currently trying to falsify, confirm, or refine the theory. Are you tired of the flood of descriptions and interpretations of religions which offer no clear strategy for evaluation, comparison, and testing? Modes of Religiosity can provide you with a new way to think when you think about religion."

Modes Of Religiosity In Eastern Christianity

Author: Vlad Naumescu
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 382589908X
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Modes Of Religiosity In Eastern Christianity from the Author: Vlad Naumescu. This volume offers original insights into the religious transformationstaking place in post-socialist western Ukraine. Applying acognitive theory based on two modes of religiosity, the doctrinaland the imagistic, Vlad Naumescu reveals the mechanisms ofreproduction and change that make the local eastern Christiantradition a living tradition of faith.

Arguments And Icons Divergent Modes Of Religiosity

Author: Harvey Whitehouse
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191584169
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Arguments And Icons Divergent Modes Of Religiosity from the Author: Harvey Whitehouse. Why do initiations in Papua New Guinea often subject novices to violence and terror? Why do some cargo cults lead to regional unity and others to regional divisions? How have features of cognitive processing in missionary Christianity contributed to new forms of identity among Melanesians? The theory of `modes of religiosity' which Whitehouse here develops answers these and a range of other questions about Melanesia with reference to a set of interconnections between styles of religious transmission, systems of memory, and patterns of political association. Although building his argument on detailed Melanesian ethnography, Whitehouse goes on to suggest that the theory of modes of religiosity may have wider applicability. Thus, in the final two chapters of this book, he explores such diverse topics as the spread of Reformed Christianity in sixteenth-century Europe, the interpretation of Upper Palaeolithic cave art, the genesis of tribal warfare, and the impact of literacy on social transmission and organization.

Mind And Religion

Author: Harvey Whitehouse
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759106192
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Mind And Religion from the Author: Harvey Whitehouse. This collection examines new psychological evidence for the modal theory and attempts to synthesize this theory with other theories of cognition and religion.

Participation And Beliefs In Popular Religiosity

Author: Francesco Zaccaria
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004180966
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Participation And Beliefs In Popular Religiosity from the Author: Francesco Zaccaria. Exploring the relation between popular religious participation and beliefs about God, human suffering, Jesus Christ and the church, this empirical-theological study offers the picture of a complementary relation between popular religiosity and official religion within Italian Catholicism.

Religion And Religiosity In The Philippines And Indonesia

Author: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Southeast Asia Studies Program
Publisher: Frederick Brown
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Religion And Religiosity In The Philippines And Indonesia from the Author: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Southeast Asia Studies Program. This comparative exploration looks at religion and politics in the social dynamics of Southeast Asias two most populous nations. The Philippines and Indonesia are treated as one vast " Phil-Indo" archipelago. Eight leading scholars contribute interwoven and contending essays. The authors find that while neither country promotes a state religion, both lack partitions between church and state. Social dynamics of faith in each elude constitutional restrictions. In the Philippines, a Spanish tradition of an ecclesiastical state exists in tension with a Jeffersonian notion of separation of realms. In Indonesia, pre-Islamic concepts of a god-king fuse state and society, as modern initiatives surge from the premise of a prevailing Islamic community. Official religiosity pervades Indonesian national life, while Filipinos act out their private religiosity en masse, trying to overcome deficiencies in state and church. The book includes 38 photographs, in color and black and white, with commentaries that further illustrate the themes of each chapter. Contributors include Azyumardi Azra (University Islam Negeri, Indonesia), Jose M. Cruz (Ateneo de Manila University, The Philippines), Donald K. Emmerson (Institute for International Studies, Stanford University) Theodore Friend (Foreign Policy Research Institute), Robert W. Hefner (Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University), Vicente Leuterio Rafael (University of Washington), Jose Eliseao Rocamora (Institute for Popular Democracy, The Philippines) and David Joel Steinberg (Long Island University).