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Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism

Thomas Holden

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579945
eISBN:
9780191722776
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book presents an historical and critical interpretation of Hume's rejection of the existence of a deity with moral attributes. It argues that in Hume's view no first cause or designer ... More


Myth: A Biography of Belief

David Leeming

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142884
eISBN:
9780199834402
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142888.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Myths are living entities that continue to energize thought and action in the modern world. If ancient mythmakers conceived of the evident reality of creation in terms of character and events we ... More


The Traits of Deities

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter asks what characteristics deities generally share, or, put differently, what terms do the texts use to express what deities are? It collects and analyzes labels and statements about ... More


Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Chapter 4 discusses different sorts of divine intersections or interrelations, including pluralities and pairings of deities within the divine household, where there are additional relationships ... More


Gender in New Religions

Sarah M. Pike

in Teaching New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195177299
eISBN:
9780199785537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

New religious movements have typically emerged and thrived in times of social upheaval during which normative gender roles are challenged, such as in the United States during the industrializing ... More


Religion

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077459
eISBN:
9780199081165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter provides general remarks on religion in Rampura. The villagers propitiated a wide variety of deities from the high gods and goddesses of all-India Hinduism in their various ... More


 Zen Rites: The Eclipse of Buddha

Steven Heine

in Zen Skin, Zen Marrow: Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up?

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195326772
eISBN:
9780199870363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326772.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The next area of debate, nonduality versus mediation, examined in Chapter Three involves the function of rituals and other intermediating elements of practice, such as objects of worship, in what is ... More


Anthropomorphic Deities and Divine Monsters

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This first chapter diagrams the basic contrast between anthropomorphic deities and monstrous divine creatures. Here the Assyriologist F. A. M. Wiggermann has provided a very helpful typology, which, ... More


The Life and Death of Baal

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

A particularly unusual case of divine death is examined in this chapter; this exception is the god Baal, who is considered to be a classic example of Sir James George Frazer’s category of “dying and ... More


The Spectrum of Tradition and Modernism

David L. McMahan

in The Making of Buddhist Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195183276
eISBN:
9780199870882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183276.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter charts a variegated continuum between traditionalist and modernist Buddhists by providing five composite profiles of Buddhists: a British “Buddhist sympathizer,” a traditional Thai ... More


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