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Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved

Matt Rossano

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195385816
eISBN:
9780199870080
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385816.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Drawing together evidence from a wide range of scientific disciplines, this book presents an evolutionary history of religion. That history begins with the social lives and rituals of our primate ... More


Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters

Steven Heine

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195135862
eISBN:
9780199834297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195135865.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Opening a Mountain is a translation with a commentary of 60 koan cases that feature an important supernatural or ritual element selected from a variety of the major and minor Zen ... More


Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them: And How to Solve Them: An Originalist Theory of Concepts

R. M. Sainsbury and Michael Tye

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695317
eISBN:
9780191738531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695317.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

How can one think about the same thing twice without knowing that it's the same thing? How can one think about nothing at all (for example Pegasus, the mythical flying horse)? Is thinking about ... More


Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return

Neil Corcoran

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198186908
eISBN:
9780191719011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186908.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book offers a critical account of Elizabeth Bowen, a significant 20th-century Irish writer still too little known and appreciated. It considers her novels, short stories, essays, and family ... More


 The Social Relevance of Spirits

Emma Cohen

in The Mind Possessed: The Cognition of Spirit Possession in an Afro-Brazilian Religious Tradition

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195323351
eISBN:
9780199785575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323351.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Chapter 8 considers the relevance of spirits to everyday life (e.g. healing, counseling, etc.). It offers a generalizable explanation for the widespread attribution of personal misfortune to ... More


 Religion, Twice Removed: Exploring the Role of Media in Religious Understandings among “Secular” Young People

Lynn Schofield Clark

in Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195305418
eISBN:
9780199785094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Popular entertainment media are implicit (and sometimes explicit) means by which a culture describes itself, including the images and ideas, stories, and fantasies that draw from and supply its ... More


African Pentecostalism: An Introduction

Ogbu Kalu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195340006
eISBN:
9780199867073
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340006.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Across Africa, Christianity is thriving in all shapes and sizes. But one particular strain of Christianity prospers more than most — Pentecostalism. Pentecostals believe that everyone can personally ... More


Relationship and Reciprocity: A Metaphysics of Nature

Joseph Epes Brown and Emily Cousins

in Teaching Spirits: Understanding Native American Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195138757
eISBN:
9780199871759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138757.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter focuses on Native Americans' belief about nature. It shows that Native Americans do not dichotomize human and animal, natural and supernatural. Typical Western distinctions between ... More


Religion's Innate Origins and Evolutionary Background

Scott Atran

in The Innate Mind: Volume 2: Culture and Cognition

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195310139
eISBN:
9780199871209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter envisions religion, in general, and awareness of the supernatural, in particular, as a converging by-product of several cognitive and emotional mechanisms that evolved under natural ... More


Knowledge and its Paradoxes

Luigi Gioia

in The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199553464
eISBN:
9780191720796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553464.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Early Christian Studies

From the vantage point of love, Augustine detects and powerfully describes the epistemological consequences of human sinfulness, thus unmasking the fundamental deficiency of received theories of ... More


The Epoch of the Secular City

Harvey Cox

in The Secular City: Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158853
eISBN:
9781400848850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158853.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter provides a background of secularization, an epochal movement that marks a change in the way men grasp and understand their life together. Secularization is the loosening of ... More


Weber, Der Freischütz Overture

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0101
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz overture is a typical product of the Teutonic romantic movement of the early nineteenth century. The story, with its wolf's glen, its flaxen-haired maidens, and ... More


Preliminary Studies: The Supernatural and Causation in Herodotus

N. J. Sewell‐Rutter

in Guilt by Descent: Moral Inheritance and Decision Making in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199227334
eISBN:
9780191711152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers some aspects of Herodotus. It examines instances in this contemporary author of supernatural causation, moral inheritance within the family, and decision making. It argues that ... More


Fate, Freedom, Decision Making: Eteocles and Others

N. J. Sewell‐Rutter

in Guilt by Descent: Moral Inheritance and Decision Making in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199227334
eISBN:
9780191711152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates the agency and decision-making processes of the mortals in tragedy on whom the weight of supernatural causation rests. It considers successively fate, mortal freedom, and ... More


The African Interregnum, Part II: The Evolution of Supernatural Imagination

Matt J. Rossano

in Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195385816
eISBN:
9780199870080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385816.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 5 explores the evolutionary origins of supernatural imagination. The first evidence of the supernatural emerges during the African Interregnum period. Chapter 5 reviews developmental data ... More


Religion and Morality

Matt J. Rossano

in Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195385816
eISBN:
9780199870080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385816.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 8 addresses the relationship between religion and morality. It is argued that both religion and morality share a common evolutionary source: social life. Thus, while religion is certainly not ... More


Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery

Hans Boersma

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199229642
eISBN:
9780191710773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229642.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

In the decades leading up to the Second Vatican Council, the movement of nouvelle théologie caused great controversy in the Catholic Church. The interpretation of the movement continues to be a ... More


Indo-European Poetry and Myth

M. L. West

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199280759
eISBN:
9780191712913
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280759.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Indo-Europeans — speakers of the prehistoric parent language from which most European and some Asiatic languages are descended — most probably lived on the Eurasian steppes some five or six ... More


Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religion and the Formation of Buddhism

Robert DeCaroli

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195168389
eISBN:
9780199835133
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Although Buddhist monasteries are commonly understood as being institutions dedicated to non‐attachment and transcendence, the architectures of the earliest known monasteries are overwhelmingly ... More


That Hideous Strength: A Specter Haunting Britain: Gothic Reenchantment on Planet Earth

Sanford Schwartz

in C. S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195374728
eISBN:
9780199871506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374728.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter addresses the final volume of the series, That Hideous Strength, which abandons “interplanetary romance” for a story modeled on the terrestrial “supernatural thrillers” of Lewis’s fellow ... More


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