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Rediscovering reverence [electronic resource] : the meaning of faith in a secular world / Ralph Heintzman.

By: Heintzman, Ralph Ripley.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montr�eal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011 2012)Description: 1 online resource (xii, 291 p.).ISBN: 9780773586093 (electronic bk.); 0773586091 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Faith and reason | Religion -- Philosophy | Spiritual life | RELIGION / PhilosophyGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 210 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Preface -- Introduction -- The human paradox -- Reverence -- Spirituality -- "Religions" and religious life -- Faith and belief -- Encountering the spirit -- The way : life as pilgrimage -- The truth : reason and revelation -- The life : the mystery of being -- An adult faith -- Learning from each other -- Rediscovering reverence : the environmental imperative -- A secular world? -- The question.
Summary: "A surprising and insightful work, 'Rediscovering Reverence' offers a rational explanation of what the modern western world calls 'religion' and argues that it is not what most people assume. Questioning western culture's evolving use of the word 'religion' over the last five centuries, Ralph Heintzman strips away misunderstandings to demonstrate that faith is not the same as belief. He shows how faith is not something one has but something one does, leading the reader to a deeper understanding of religious practice and its necessary place in human life. Drawing on familiar experiences as well as aspects of western and eastern spiritual traditions, Heintzman argues that religious practice is rooted in two basic ways human beings act in the world. It is therefore an element in the structure of the human spirit, not a phase in its history. Explaining the meaning of religious practice in contemporary language, 'Rediscovering Reverence' is addressed to anyone who wants to explore the meaning and promise of a religious life. A unique and thoughtful meditation on the role of reverence in everyday life, Rediscovering Reverence presents new perspectives on modern faith, religion, and both personal and societal well-being."--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Preface -- Introduction -- The human paradox -- Reverence -- Spirituality -- "Religions" and religious life -- Faith and belief -- Encountering the spirit -- The way : life as pilgrimage -- The truth : reason and revelation -- The life : the mystery of being -- An adult faith -- Learning from each other -- Rediscovering reverence : the environmental imperative -- A secular world? -- The question.

"A surprising and insightful work, 'Rediscovering Reverence' offers a rational explanation of what the modern western world calls 'religion' and argues that it is not what most people assume. Questioning western culture's evolving use of the word 'religion' over the last five centuries, Ralph Heintzman strips away misunderstandings to demonstrate that faith is not the same as belief. He shows how faith is not something one has but something one does, leading the reader to a deeper understanding of religious practice and its necessary place in human life. Drawing on familiar experiences as well as aspects of western and eastern spiritual traditions, Heintzman argues that religious practice is rooted in two basic ways human beings act in the world. It is therefore an element in the structure of the human spirit, not a phase in its history. Explaining the meaning of religious practice in contemporary language, 'Rediscovering Reverence' is addressed to anyone who wants to explore the meaning and promise of a religious life. A unique and thoughtful meditation on the role of reverence in everyday life, Rediscovering Reverence presents new perspectives on modern faith, religion, and both personal and societal well-being."--Publisher's website.

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