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Author van Doorn-Harder, Nelly

Title Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture : Case Studies
Published Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (273 pages)
Series Currents of Encounter - Studies on the Contact between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs, an ; v.35
Currents of Encounter - Studies on the Contact between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs, an
Contents Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture: Case Studies; Table of Contents; The Problem of Defining Evil; Part I: Evil in Spirit; Images of Evil in Popular Ghanaian Christianity; Druids, Deer and "Words of Power"; Coping with Wizardry in Zimbabwe in African Initiated Churches (Aics); The Evil Comes from Outside; Conquering Satan, Demons, Principalities, and Powers; A Schema Repertoire Approach to Exorcism; How "Satanic" is Satanism?; Part Ii: Evil in Society; "You Follow the Path of the Shaitan; We Try to Follow the Righteous Path"; Defining Evil to Strengthen Islam; Beyond Ujamaa
Part Iii: Coping with EvilReligion and Evil from the Perspective of Mimetic Theory; Coping with Human Evil; The Power and Limits of Stories; Prayer as a Means of Coping with Evil; Coping with Tragedy and Malice; General Index; Contributors to this Volume
Summary The various Christian, Muslim, traditional (African), and secular (Western) ways of imagining and coping with evil collected in this volume have several things in common. The most crucial perhaps and certainly the most striking aspect is the problem of defining the nature or characteristics of evil as such. Some argue that evil has an essence that remains constant, whereas others say its interpretation depends on time and place.However much religious and secular interpretations of evil may have changed, the human search for sense and meaning never ends. Questions of whom to blame and whom to a
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Subject Religion.
Form Electronic book
Author Minnema, Lourens, 1960-
ISBN 9789401205375