The sacred quest (5th ed )


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This text provides a thematic and comparative approach to the study of religion. The focus of individual chapters gives equal weight to both theoretical issues and to practices as they are reflected in the major religions of the world.



The Breadth and Depth of Religious Experience

A Brief Outline of the Phenomenological Method

Attitudes and Institutions in the Study of Religion

A Final Word


Suggestions for Further Reading.

1. Toward a Definition of Religion.

The Search for a Definition of Religion

Elements of Religion

Religion and Human Thought

Religion and Feeling

Religion and Action

Individual and Social Existence

Values and Religion

Substance or Function?

Toward Resolution

A Proposal

In Conclusion


Suggestions for Further Reading.

2. The Nature of the Sacred.

The Complex Character of the Sacred

The Concept of Sacred Reality

Specially Distinctive

To Some Extent, Beyond the Volitional Control of Human Beings

Specially Prominent with Respect to Human Welfare

Properly Determinative of Various Aspects of Human Existence



Suggestions for Further Reading

3. The Appearance of the Sacred.

Types of Sacred Appearance

Varieties of Media

Sacred Objects

Sacred Time

Sacred Space

Sacred Appearance and the Complexity of Traditions


Suggestions for Further Reading

4. The Language(s) of the Sacred.



Story as Parable

The Preservation of Sacred Language

Oral Cultures

Scriptural Cultures

A Summary and Synthesis

The Language of Theology

The Visual Language of Religion

Language and Truth


Suggestions for Further Reading.

5. Ritual.

Myth(os) and Ritual

The Passover

Holy Communion (The Eucharist)

Rites of Passage

Birth Rituals

Rituals of Initiation

Rituals of Mourning and Death

Temporal Rites and Celebrations

The Religious Meaning(s) of Ritual





Ritual as a Problem

Ritual as a System


Suggestions for Further Reading.

6. Sacred Communities.

The Social Character of Religion

Religion and Social Resistance


Tradition and Innovation

The Social Aspects of Worship

A Word of...