Anthropology and Theology
By (author) Douglas Davies
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Anthropology and Theology by Douglas Davies
Book DescriptionAnthropology and Christian Theology have traditionally interpreted religion in quite different ways and have often been thought of as hostile to one another. In fact, a fundamental concern for human experience lies at the heart of both disciplines. This innovative book takes a new look at key anthropological and theological themes, and explores the intricacies of their interplay throughout history and in the present. Sacrifice, embodiment, ritual, incarnation, symbolism, gift and power are all related in ways that shed new light on religious behaviour and belief. Detailed analysis of fundamental Christian rites shows how they help generate emotional meaning and inspire philosophical ideas, and demonstrates how the body serves as a vehicle for religious beliefs. Through an examination of these issues and much more, Davies reveals how religious rituals help people to become secure in their sense of identity. This accessible foray into new territory is essential reading for anthropologists, theologians, or anyone interested in religion who is seeking new interpretations of familiar themes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859735329
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Theology of Death, Hardback (July 2008)
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Brief History of Death, Paperback (November 2004)» View all books by Douglas Davies
The act of death itself and the rituals surrounding it vary enormously and shed a fascinating light on the cultures of which they are a part.
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Author Biography - Douglas Davies
Douglas Davies Professor in the Study of Religion,University of Durham
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