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2. Types and traditions

2. Types and traditions  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0003
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Spiritualties take a variety of different shapes. ‘Types and traditions’ shows a way of categorizing different forms of spirituality that can be applied across boundaries, and illustrates ... More
7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life

7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0008
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Spirituality is widespread and increasingly influential. There is a growing use of the term ‘spiritual capital’ with reference to the potential value of spirituality in everyday lives. What ... More
2. Religious thought

2. Religious thought  

Bhikhu Parekh

in Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776816
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854575.003.0002
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‘Religious thought’ explains how, although he was profoundly influenced by Hinduism, Christianity, and Jainism, Gandhi's religious thought cut across all of them and was in a class by ... More
7. Critical appreciation

7. Critical appreciation  

Bhikhu Parekh

in Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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9780191776816
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854575.003.0007
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‘Critical appreciation’ examines Gandhi's legacy. Even five decades after his death, opinions about Gandhi's achievements remain deeply divided. For his critics he was too implacably ... More
4. Utopianism in other traditions

4. Utopianism in other traditions  

Lyman Tower Sargent

in Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777615
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573400.003.0005
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Are utopias a Western creation? Most scholars argue that utopian traditions have existed in other cultures such as Buddhism, Confucian, Hinduism, Japanese Shintoism, and Islam. ‘Utopianism ... More
2. Utopian practice

2. Utopian practice  

Lyman Tower Sargent

in Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777615
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573400.003.0003
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Utopia has developed from a literary ideal to a reality. But many individuals or groups who have tried to put their utopian visions into practice via political power or social movements ... More
1. Introduction: theology and the religions in transformation

1. Introduction: theology and the religions in transformation  

David F. Ford

in Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779855
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10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.003.0001
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It is estimated that between five and six billion of the world's population are directly involved in the major world religions, and a great many others are affected by the religions or ... More
Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Angels: A Very Short Introduction  

David Albert Jones

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777301
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10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.001.0001
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Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? ... More
1. A brief history of angels

1. A brief history of angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777301
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10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0001
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The story of Abraham and the angels is one of the first mentions of angels in the Hebrew scriptures. The story is over three thousand years old. There are many renditions of this story and ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Eleanor Nesbitt

in Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
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9780191807633
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745570.003.0001
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Sikhism is sometimes described as the newest of the world’s religions. Its media image is mainly male and Sikhism conjures up images of swords and turbans. The Introduction sets out the ... More
2. Guru Nanak and his first successors

2. Guru Nanak and his first successors  

Eleanor Nesbitt

in Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
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9780191807633
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745570.003.0002
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In Sikh belief, there are ten human Gurus all of whom are physical embodiments of the same Guru. Sikh religious images portray two figures most frequently: Guru Nanak, the first human Guru, ... More
3. To the awakening

3. To the awakening  

Michael Carrithers

in Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776779
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854537.003.0003
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There exists only an unreliable chronology charting the Buddha's wandering life after he left his home. However, the story is so well connected with the rest of his teaching that we have to ... More
4. What am I?An unknown Buddhist on the self: King Milinda’s chariot

4. What am I?: An unknown Buddhist on the self: King Milinda’s chariot  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0004
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We don't know much about the origins of Indian philosophy. ‘What am I?’ considers the case of the Milindapañha, the Questions of King Milinda, about which we know very little. In this, a ... More
1. The problem

1. The problem  

Steven Grosby

in Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776281
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840981.003.0001
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‘The problem’ asks: What are nations? What is nationalism? How do the two differ? Throughout history humans have grouped together into societies based on their ancestry and location, which ... More
6. Whose god is mightier?

6. Whose god is mightier?  

Steven Grosby

in Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776281
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840981.003.0006
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‘Whose god is mightier?’ studies the effects of religion on nationhood. Religion is simultaneously integral and at odds with nation building. Monotheism's worship of one singular god (and ... More
A Very Short Introduction

A Very Short Introduction  

John Monaghan and Peter Just

in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776335
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853462.003.0001
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The introduction outlines the approach taken in this VSI andexaplins the focus on the ‘big’ questions that have occupied anthropologists since the beginnings of the discipline: what is ... More
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip Sheldrake

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.001.0001
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Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it came to have the significance it is developing today. It has ... More
6. Spirituality and religion

6. Spirituality and religion  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0007
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It isn't helpful to put a distinction between ‘spirituality’ and ‘relgion’. Some readings of contemporary culture suggest that spirituality is replacing religion and that the former fits ... More
4. Spirituality as a way of life

4. Spirituality as a way of life  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777981
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0005
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9780199588756
Religious and secular spiritualties both focus on more than simply inner experience. They seek to relate spiritual practices to the transformation of everyday existence. ‘Spirituality as a ... More
Theology: A Very Short Introduction

Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

David Ford

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779855
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.001.0001
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book
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9780199679973
Theology: A Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology. The author draws us in to ... More

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