Introduction to the Study of Religion
By: Nancy C. Ring and Fred Glennon
This introductory text helps students think through the basic questions that arise in the study of religion. What is the nature of religious experience? How does religion shape the actions of individuals and communities? How does religion promote or inhibit human development and well-being?
This throroughly revised edition has been updated throughout, including new examples, new themes such as religious fundamentalism and violence, and a new emphasis on environmental issues.
Developed and tested through team teaching and refined through classroom use, Introduction to the Study of Religion brings together examples from a variety of world religions to explore these questions. Each chapter contains illustrations and sidebars that relate more abstract concepts to the students life experience as well as study/research activities, suggested readings, and audiovisual resources. The final chapter explores current issues such as patriarchy, alienating images of God, religion in the face of suffering, and cults.
Nancy C. Ring (systematic theology), Mary N. MacDonald (world religions), Kathleen S. Nash (Bible), and Fred Glennon (social ethics) are members of the Department of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.