Download PDF by Malory Nye: Religion: The Basics

By Malory Nye

From the neighborhood to the worldwide point, faith is – greater than ever – a massive and hotly debated a part of smooth lifestyles within the twenty-first century.

From silver jewelry to ringtones and from golf equipment to headscarves, we regularly locate the cultural position and dialogue of faith in unforeseen ways.

Now in its moment version, Religion: The Basics continues to be the easiest advent to faith and modern tradition on hand. the recent variation has been totally revised and up-to-date, and contains new discussions of:

  • the examine of faith and tradition within the twenty-first century
  • texts, movies and rituals
  • cognitive ways to religion
  • globalization and multiculturalism
  • spirituality within the West
  • popular religion.

With new case reports, linking cultural thought to genuine international spiritual adventure and perform, and publications to additional studying, Religion: The Basics is a vital purchase for college kids desirous to become familiar with this hotly debated topic.

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That is: (a) popular as well liked by the masses, (b) popular as simply what people do, and (c) popular as being in contrast to the dominant (or elite) culture. In the following sections I will discuss each of these approaches, and show how they help to expand our understanding of the practice of religion. MASS APPEAL AND THE BUSINESS OF CULTURE Popular in the first sense simply refers to anything that has mass appeal. Therefore, popular culture will include best-selling music artists or writers (past and present).

A rather different example of popular religion can be taken from the current movement in many parts of the USA which makes specific uses of popular culture for the affirmation of quite orthodox Christian religious teachings. In youth culture the ‘Silver Ring Thing’ (SRT) is a very widespread phenomenon, usually practised by late teen and early adult women (and some men). e. avoidance of pre-marital sex). Again this works on the popular level (there are an estimated 25,000 wearers to date), and so can be viewed as a type of popular religious practice.

It is even argued that the rise of religious Hindu nationalism in India in the 1990s was partly a by-product of the growth of this Indian-wide popular Hinduism through the medium of television. In this case, the popular practice of Hinduism took on a national dimension, demonstrating some of the issues of the political dimension of popular religion and popular culture which I will now be discussing in the next section. POWER AND CULTURE The conception of popular culture, according to Stuart Hall, has a third dimension, which is one of power.

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