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Joseph Smith and Creation of the Sacred

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter proposes a simple fundamental in its account for Joseph Smith's religious appeal: he met a human need for the sacred. So, of course, do all religions, but Smith was different, the ... More


Time

David Chidester

in Religion: Material Dynamics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520297654
eISBN:
9780520969933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297654.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Reviewing theoretical approaches to religious time, this chapter illustrates mythic and ritual productions of time with examples from India and Africa. Classic theories of religious time emphasize ... More


A Religious Syntax to Recent Communal Violence in Sri Lanka

John Clifford Holt

in Buddhist Extremists and Muslim Minorities: Religious Conflict in Contemporary Sri Lanka

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190624378
eISBN:
9780190624415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624378.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter chronicles the transformation of this book’s editor’s perspective regarding the complicity of religion in Sri Lanka’s communal violence. The editor previously agreed with the ... More


What is Christmas?

Christopher Deacy

in Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198754565
eISBN:
9780191816192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754565.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

This chapter begins with a discussion of the special, even extraordinary, way in which Christmas has such a monopoly on our lives, irrespective of geographical location and how its observance is ... More


Holiness in Jewish Thought

Alan L. Mittleman (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198796497
eISBN:
9780191837760
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796497.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Holiness is a challenge for contemporary Jewish thought. The concept of holiness is crucial to religious discourse in general and to Jewish discourse in particular. “Holiness” seems to express an ... More


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