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The Origin and Nature of Religion
The Origin and Nature of Religion

The Origin and Nature of Religion

by Augustine Perumalil

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Language

English

Publisher

ISPCK

ISBN

8172146140 - Year: 2001 - Pages: 316

Binding

Paperback

Augustine Perumalil

Author: Augustine Perumalil
Publisher: ISPCK
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 316
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172146140

Description

In an age marked by indifference, if not open hostility, to religion, on the one side, and fundamentalism and intolerance of other religions on the other, the author takes a fresh look at religion to examine whether religion has adequate justification and also to determine whether religions have a common ground, a shared vision, an ubiquitous purpose, or a collective concern that unite them all, making conflicts superficial and avoidable.

Departing from the traditional emphasis on the externals of religion, namely, beliefs, institutions and practices, the author takes a close look at human nature, and human experiences to understand, define and justify religion. He finds that at this level religions share a common ground, and a common task.

He identifies, as the common ground of all religions, the experience of awe in the presence of something experienced as extraordinary, eliciting an attitude of surrender and worship. In religion’s attempt to create an environment conducive for seeking and achieving freedom from negativities of life such as fear, anxiety, and guilt on the one side, and a sense of final fulfillment, on the other, he finds a common goal and a collective task of religion. The differences among religions are presented as superficial, arising from historical and cultural accidents. The way ahead for humanity, therefore, is to emphasize experience, striving and liberation over interpretation, doctrine, institution and method.

Contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CHAPTER 1
General Principles of an Appropriate Approach to Religion

CHAPTER 2
Classical Approaches to Religion

CHAPTER 3
Homo Religiosus

CHAPTER 4
The Religious Attitude and Disposition

CHAPTER 5
The Numinous Experience and its Object, the Sacred

CHAPTER 6
The Essential Characteristics of Religion

Works Cited

Selected Readings

Index

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