Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

In Search of Origins: The Beginnings of Religion in Western Theory and Archaeological Practice [Hardcover]

Our Price $ 17.47  
Retail Value $ 24.95  
You Save $ 7.49  (30%)  
Item Number 252897  
Buy New $17.47
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for In Search of Origins: The Beginnings of Religion in Western Theory and Archaeological Practice by Garry Trompf...

Religion is an integral part of our life. The answer to the question what is religion is subjective. Since the word `religion' and its cognates are common coinage across the literate world, most of us will have a fair appreciation of the term's connotations. Considering students and scholars alike are lacking an introductory textbook on the origins of religion in modern Western theory and archaeological practice, this work is designed to fill the lacuna. Historians of ideas and social science are often not clear as to how any given theory of religion might pertain to the known archaeological record, while exponents of prehistoric religion have worked with surprisingly narrow definitions of religious life. Many will locate the kernel of the matter in `practice' or in an active `spirituality'. Today the pressures of the global village have forced many of us to take off our blinkers and do some cross cultural homework. Religious Studies has emerged as an academic discipline (or intellectual pursuit) with one of its functions being to facilitate mutual understanding between traditions, and to ensure that the varieties of religious belief and experience are fairly appraised. The series, of which this book is a part, will be historically rather than theologically oriented. This book will cover such a vast area for investigation and it is designed to help students find their own way through the forest, pick the trees which interest them and learn how to scrutinise them in depth. Religious Studies is a multi-disciplinary activity and one is encouraged to turn over as many stones as possible to look at religions from as many different angles as possible--the psychological, anthropological, sociological, geographical, ecological, political, economic and the like-with some awareness of current theological debates as well. This book gives scope to the comparative method and all the great religions are treated side-by-side, with points of comparison and contrast drawn. This book begin with the large question of the origins and prehistory of religion, including the bearing anthropological study has on this question, before giving space to the larger traditions themselves. The comparative method is applied not only between such enormous aggregates of phenomena as (let us say) Buddhism and Islam, but between these and small-scale, tribal traditions as well. The book highlights that some religions will be difficult to separate from cultures because they amount to a total way of life. An attempt is made to try to interpret religion both as culture and as a distinctive set of forces in interaction with culture, or perhaps even against prevailing cultural forms. This book has been designed to help students find for themselves possible answers to existential or theological questions, but only as a side-effect to historical and phenomenological study, and as the author says "provide no such answers on a platter."

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2005
Publisher   New Dawn Press
ISBN  1932705511  
ISBN13  9781932705515  

Availability  0 units.

More About Garry Trompf

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GARRY W. TROMPF is Professor in the History of Ideas, Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney. He is the author of over fifteen books including The Idea of Historical Recurrence in Western Thought, Melanesian Religion, and Payback.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Social Sciences > Anthropology
2Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Social Sciences > Archaeology
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Cultural

Reviews - What do customers think about In Search of Origins: The Beginnings of Religion in Western Theory and Archaeological Practice?

Be the first to write a review about In Search of Origins: The Beginnings of Religion in Western Theory and Archaeological Practice

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding In Search of Origins: The Beginnings of Religion in Western Theory and Archaeological Practice

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy