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What Is Religion: An Introduction [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1990
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  080913117X  
EAN  9780809131174  

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Attempts to uncover what it is that religions have in common--the archetypal human need to find meaningful routes through life and to stay in touch with their spiritual potential.

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Attempts to uncover what it is that religions have in common the archetypal human need to find meaningful routes through life and to stay in touch with their spiritual potential.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, USA. He is the author of 18 books, including Science and Faith: A New Introduction (2012), Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science (2006), and Deeper Than Darwin: the Prospects for Religion in the Age of Evolution (2003), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In 2002 he was the winner of the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, in 2004 the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and in 2008 a Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education. His books have been translated into 13 languages."

John F. Haught currently resides in Falls Church. John F. Haught has an academic affiliation as follows - Georgetown University, Washington DC.

John F. Haught has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Theology in Global Perspectives

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not a beginners text...  Dec 17, 2007
This is a wonderfully detailed and intense look at Religion.
However, you need to read and study the book before you are
actually ready to read and understand this book!!

Not a beginers book, but an intense journey through the
expressions, pathways, aims and critiques of Religion.
The author sets this book up to merge different points
together to understand the parts of religion and how
they work together to create the terms of a religion.

A wonderful book!!
Coherent, Readable Introduction To Religions  Jul 10, 2007
This was an articulate and easy to understand discourses of comparative religions with deeper insights. Provided clear summaries of religious thought, clearly intended for the lay person.
Too Speculative for Intro Text  Jan 30, 2006
In "What is Religion" John Haught examines religion from a liberal socio-cultural perspective. I offer the following thoughts for potential readers. Haught is a capable writer - the text is generally well laid-out and quite readable. The book is divided into three primary segments:

- An introduction and brief overview of what he considers to be the primary approaches to religion: primitive, Hinduism, Buddhism and prophetic (Judaism, Christianity and Islam);
- An examination of different types of religious behaviors: silence, mysticism, sacramentalism and action; and.
- A discussion of some of the modern challenges to a religious worldview.

The work appears to be aimed as an introductory text in a religious studies class or comparative religion course. Haught approaches religion from a socio-cultural perspective. The crucial assumption to this tact is that religious beliefs are adaptive evolutionary developments rather than outlooks that possess any inherent truth value. In accordance with this view religion is "true" because we believe it, rather than believing it because it is true. This is certainly a legitimate approach to the history of religion and is quite common amongst nineteenth and early twentieth century commentators within the field of comparative religion.

I found the discussion of religious behavior to be particularly well handled and helpful. Given that the work is intended as an introductory text, however, some qualifying comments at the outset are warranted to identify assumptions and indicate that there are opposing views. Without this type of clarification some of his comments are misleading - Haught is prone to making highly speculative statements without the slightest equivocation or justification. For example, he makes several declarative statements regarding the supposed origins and evolutionary development of religious belief. Though his thesis in this regard is consistent with his worldview it is pure speculation. When all is said and done there is an absence of historic evidence in this regard and we have just don't know a great deal on this topic. In addition to this type of conjecture he often contradicts existing evidence and scholarly opinion without the slightest qualification. For instance, he claims that Judaism was not a clearly monotheistic religion prior to about 500 B.C.E! This opinion is on the fringe of contemporary scholarship. I am not saying that he shouldn't speculate (some of it is quite interesting) just that he should note that these are controversial - a couple of footnotes would suffice.

I agree with the author that there are underlying similarities between the different traditions - e.g. risk of over attachment to the material world. I think, however, that he takes Ecumenicalism too far, seeing agreement where it does not exist, and glossing over many significant differences between the faith traditions.

Overall Haught is not without skill as a writer and with some largely stylistic changes this would not be a bad introductory-level text. As it is, however, the text is too much of a fringe work to be of much help to its intended audience.

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