Religion: Alternative Traditions & Esotericism

  • Spiritual and Social Transformation in African American Spiritual Churches: More than Conjurers book cover

    Spiritual and Social Transformation in African American Spiritual Churches

    More than Conjurers

    By Margarita Simon Guillory

    At the core of African American religion’s response to social inequalities has been a symbiotic relationship between socio-political activism and spiritual restoration. Drawing on archival material and ethnographic fieldwork with African American Spiritual Churches in the USA, this book examines…

    Hardback – 2018-01-18 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • Narrative and Belief: The Religious Affordance of Supernatural Fiction book cover

    Narrative and Belief

    The Religious Affordance of Supernatural Fiction

    Edited by Markus Altena Davidsen

    The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and certain other works of fantasy and science fiction have inspired some of their readers and viewers to believe that the superhuman powers of the story-worlds, such as Gandalf and the Force, exist also in the real world. We can say that such fictional narratives…

    Hardback – 2017-12-11 
    Routledge

  • Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic: Becoming the Magician book cover

    Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic

    Becoming the Magician

    By Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

    In the Western world, magic has often functioned as an umbrella term for various religious beliefs and ritual practices that seek to influence events by harnessing supernatural power. The definition of these myriad occult and esoteric traditions have, however, usually come from those that are…

    Hardback – 2017-11-23 
    Routledge
    Gnostica

  • Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education book cover

    Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education

    Edited by Arniika Kuusisto, Terry Lovat

    From being on the margins of scholarly debate for much of the past century and a half, religion is being recognized once again as an area of concern for scholars, politicians, and public policy makers, and thus, the role of religious and spiritual education has taken on a new importance. Apart from…

    Paperback – 2017-11-19 
    Routledge

  • Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft book cover

    Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft

    By Marion Gibson

    Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is an exploration of witchcraft in the literature of Britain and America from the 16th and 17th centuries through to the present day. As well as the themes of history and literature (politics and war, genre and intertextuality), the book considers issues of…

    Paperback – 2017-11-07 
    Routledge

  • Korean Shamanism: The Cultural Paradox book cover

    Korean Shamanism

    The Cultural Paradox

    By Chongho Kim

    Title first published in 2003. Shamanism has a contradictory position within the Korean cultural system, leading to the periodical suppression of shamanism yet also, paradoxically, ensuring its survival throughout Korean history. This book examines the place of shamans within contemporary society…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita book cover

    Knowing Beyond Knowledge

    Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita

    By Thomas A. Forsthoefel

    This title was first published in 2002. This book builds on contemporary discussion of 'mysticism' and religious experience by examining the process and content of 'religious knowing' in classical and modern Advaita. Drawing from the work of William Alston and Alvin Plantinga, Thomas Forsthoefel…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • Religion and Social Transformations: Volume 2 book cover

    Religion and Social Transformations

    Volume 2

    Edited by David Herbert

    This title was first published in 2002: Religion and Social Transformations examines the reciprocal relationship between religion, modernity and social change. The book focuses on the world's three major missionary religions - Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. It explores how these three traditions…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • Global Religious Movements in Regional Context: Volume 4 book cover

    Global Religious Movements in Regional Context

    Volume 4

    Edited by John Wolffe

    This title was first published in 2002: Global Religious Movements in Regional Context offers a wide-ranging exploration of the adaptation and diversity of religious traditions in various geographical, cultural and ethnic contexts within the contemporary world. The book analyses the complexities of…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • Mystical Experience of God: A Philosophical Inquiry book cover

    Mystical Experience of God

    A Philosophical Inquiry

    By Jerome Gellman

    This title was first published in 2001: Engaging contemporary discussion concerning the validity of mystical experiences of God, Jerome Gellman presents the best evidential case in favor of validity and its implications for belief in God. Gellman vigorously defends the coherence of the concept of a…

    Hardback – 2017-10-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki book cover

    Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions

    Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki

    By Julia Leslie

    This title was first published in 2003. Can a text be used either to validate or to invalidate contemporary understandings? Texts may be deemed 'sacred', but sacred to whom? Do conflicting understandings matter? Is it appropriate to try to offer a resolution? For Hindus and non-Hindus, in India and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • The Style and Mythology of Socialism: Socialist Idealism, 1871-1914 book cover

    The Style and Mythology of Socialism: Socialist Idealism, 1871-1914

    By Stefan Arvidsson

    Arguably no modern ideology has diffused as fast as socialism. From the mid-nineteenth century to the last quarter of the twentieth, socialist ideals played a crucial part not only in the political sphere, but also influenced the way people worked and played, thought and felt, designed and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Modern History

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