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The Common Core Thesis in the Study of Mysticism  

Ralph W. Hood Jr.

The common core thesis contends that mystical experience is an ultimate non-sensuous experience of unity of all things. It can be identified within major faith traditions, whether ... More

The Comparative Study of Mysticism  

Michael Stoeber

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Sep 2015
The comparative study of mysticism began in the mid-19th century, with the development of the modern meaning of the word, which had begun to be used as a substantive, with the ... More

Contemporary Pagan, Wiccan, and Native Faith Movements  

Chas S. Clifton

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Jun 2016
Paganism is based largely in an Enlightenment-era rejection of Christianity and Romantic-era ideas of the individual experience, emotion, and creativity, combined with a search for true ... More

Cosmic War  

Mark Juergensmeyer

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May 2016
A “cosmic war” is an imagined battle between metaphysical forces—good and evil, right and wrong, order and chaos—that lies behind many cases of religion-related violence in the ... More

Creation and Contingency  

Dirk Evers

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Jan 2017
Contingency is a term that occurs in philosophical discourse as well as in theology in a number of contexts and with a number of meanings. In its modern sense the English term contingency ... More

The Cross and the Theologia Crucis  

Robert C. Saler

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Aug 2016
While the term theologia crucis itself is most prominent in Luther’s early works, the later texts bear up the scholarly contention that the fundamental contrast between “cross” and ... More

Cybernetics and Religion  

Noreen Herzfeld

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Dec 2015
Cybernetics is the study of systems of control and communication. While often used to refer to control systems in or by machines, such as computers, cybernetic theory can be applied to ... More

Desire, Love, and Romance in the Hebrew Bible  

J. Cheryl Exum

In the Hebrew Bible human sexual desire is, for the most part, constructed as male and as dangerous. In the patriarchal economy of ancient Israel, in which women were subordinated to men ... More

Dzogchen  

Sam van Schaik

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Aug 2016
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Buddhism 
Dzogchen, often translated as “the great perfection,” is a tradition of meditation practice and poetic literary expression in Tibetan Buddhism. Though its origins lie in Indic Buddhism, ... More

Early Christian Worship  

Paul F. Bradshaw

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Mar 2015
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Christianity
The forms of Christian worship changed and developed considerably during the first four centuries of its existence, not least from a distinctive local or regional diversity to an ... More

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