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9780199931002Mercadante, Linda: Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious. Oxford University Press, 2014. (352 p. ISBN 978-0-19-993100-2)

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“The last twenty years have seen a dramatic increase in ‘nones’: people who do not claim any religious affiliation. These ‘nones’ now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. They are not to be confused with secularists, however, for many of them identify themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’ (SBNR). The response to this dramatic change in American religion has been amazingly mixed. While social scientists have been busy counting and categorizing them, the public has swung between derision and adulation. Some complain ‘nones’ are simply shallow dilettantes, narcissistically concerned with their own inner world. Others hail them as spiritual giants, and ground-breaking pioneers. Rarely, however, have these ‘nones’ been asked to explain their own views, beliefs, and experiences. In Belief without Borders, theologian and one-time SBNR Linda Mercadante finally gives these individuals a chance to speak for themselves.

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978-3-525-54018-3Rakow, Katja. Transformationen des tibetischen Buddhismus im 20. Jahrhundert: Chögyam Trungpa und die Entwicklung von Shambhala Training. [Transformations of Tibetan Buddhism in the 20th Century: Chogyam Trungpa and the Development of Shambhala Training] Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. (409 p. ISBN 978-3525540183)

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This work contains a well-researched and up-to-date overview of “Buddhism in the West” as a field of academic research (chapter 2). It features fundamental theoretical discussions of this subject in the light of discourse analysis and from a transcultural perspective (chapter 3). In conclusion, the process of transformation of Tibetan Buddhism is seen as part of transcultural flows that involve transcultural actors and organizations as well as cultural interferences that result in new and innovative orders of knowledge and practice (chapter 7).

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pye vol 1Pye, Michael. Strategies in the Study of Religions. Volume One: Exploring Methods and Positions. Volume two: Exploring Religions in Motion. Religion and Reason 51-52. New York: Walter De Gruyter, 2012-2013.

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Summary: “These two volumes present Pye’s methodological, theoretical, and field-based interests in the study of religions.

Pye understands the study of religions to be an international enterprise with roots in both European and East Asian culture. This relates to his active role in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). Read the rest of this entry »