Answering questions about religion and its place in our lives and our world
The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue
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Leonard Swidler and Paul Mojzes
Religion is the most fundamental, comprehensive of all human activities. It tries to make sense out of not simply one or another aspect of human life, but of all aspects of human experience. At the core of every civilization lies its religion, which both reflects and shapes it. Thus, if we wish to understand human life in general and our specific culture and history, we need to understand religion.
What is religion? Religion is an explanation of the ultimate meaning of life, and how to live accordingly; based on a notion of the Transcendent. Normally it contains the four "C's": Creed, Code, Cult, Community-structure.
This volume looks at the ways we humans have developed to study religion. However, a new age in human consciousness is now dawning: The Age of Global Dialogue, a radically new consciousness which fundamentally shifts the ways we understand everything in life, including religion. This global dialogical way of understanding life does not lead to one global religion, but it does lead toward a consciously acknowledged common set of ethical principles, a Global Ethic. The book looks at these two movementsthe Age of Global Dialogue and inchoative Global Ethicin order to help readers understand what is going on around them, so they might make informed, intelligent decisions about the meaning of life and how to live it.
"Both dialogue and a global ethic have been discussed elsewhere, but linking them together and then combining them with the study of religion is this book's genuinely distinctive achievement. This accomplishment makes a major contribution to a singularly important discussion."
Introduction: The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue. Toward a Global Ethic in the Third Millennium
Paul Mojzes is Academic Dean and Professor of Religious Studies at Rosemount College.