Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 30, Winter

Being Baptist and Being Czech: A Specific Identity in Romania
Abstract: In Romania, the Baptist denomination includes, according to the 2002 census, about 130,000 believers, subsequent to the Pentecostal denomination. Areas having a large number of followers are Banat and some parts of Transylvania; besides these,...
(Bio)ethical and Social Reconstructions in Transmodernity
Abstract: Transmodern ethics establishes moral norms on liberal, pluralist and pragmatic principles. We see a comeback of the negation morals, however not of ontology-anchored morals, as is the case of the God who picks favourites or of the jealous God...
Chatter in the Hizb: The Hizb Ut Tahrir Web Forum: An Ideology of Violence?
Abstract: This paper explores the Hizb ut Tahrir web forum by developing a coding and counting methodology that seeks to split opinions on the forum into categories and to rate them by their quality and by how much they were viewed. This methodology...
Clash of Ideologies and Survival of Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia
Key Words: Evangelicalism, Marxism, revolution, church history, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, persecution, resistance, Tibebe EsheteReview of Tibebe Eshete, Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia: Resistance and Resilience (Waco Texas: Baylor University Press,...
Does Religion Matter? Exploring Economic Performance Differences among Romanian Emigrants
Abstract: Although migration and religion have traditionally developed as two separate research topics, in the current context of globalization and trans-nationalism attention begins to focus on the way they interconnect. Religion received little attention...
Ethical Expertise and Bioethics
Key Words: Ethical Expertise, Bioethics, Philosophy, Organ Donation, secularization, responsibility, Mihaela FrunzãReview of Mihaela Frunzã, Expertiza eticã si bioetica. Studii de caz (Ethical Expertise and Bioethics. Case Studies). Cluj-Napoca, Limes...
From the Problem of "Evil" to Interpretation. "Hermeneutic Phenomenology" as a Method for Understanding the Religious Discourse
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of hermeneutic phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur's philosophy. A major thesis of this study is that Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutic phenomenology is never freed from religious insights. If in a text...
Is God a Monster? Nuanced Divine and Human Morality in Hebrew Scriptures
Key Words: atheism, God, morality, ethics, Hebrew Scripture, Old Testament, theology, historical criticism, hermeneutics, exegesisReview of Paul Copan, Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).One frequently...
Jehova's Witnesses in Post-Communist Romania: The Relationship between the Religious Minority and the State (1989-2010)
Abstract: This study aims at chronicling current aspects and transformations in the relationship between the Jehovah's Witnesses religious minority and the Romanian state (1989-2010), focusing on this religious group's changing official status. Considering...
On Ecumenism and the Peace of Religions
Abstract: The study aims at reconsidering the prerequisites and preconditions required in order to make interreligious communication possible. The issue is addressed within the broader framework of the debate surrounding ecumenism and "the peace of religions",...
On Paradise in Jewish Mysticism
Abstract. The dominant approaches to Kabbalah in modern scholarship are basically historical and philological. This is the manner in which the founder of modern scholarship in the field, Gershom Scholem, described his school. Though he also embraced...
Parallel Patterns of the Diviner in Ritual and Detective Fiction: Agatha's African Hercule Poirots
Abstract: There are archetypal parallels between the shamanic African, and 'diviner detectives' like Hercule Poirot, when it comes to tracking down homicidal sorcerers, and witches, on the one hand, and direct Western-style murderers on the other. The...
Psychology of Religion and the Books That Made It Happen
Abstract: On the centennial of the death of William James (1842-1910), I approached faculty members at eighteen major theological centers of learning requesting them to identify the twelve most important books in the field of the psychology of religion...
Religious Minorities' Web Rhetoric: Romanian and Hungarian Ethno-Pagan Organizations
Abstract: The comparative study of Romanian and Hungarian Neopagan organizations with an ethnocentric or "Ethno-pagan" ideology is an exploratory research aimed at mapping the similarities and the differences between these religious minorities, with...
Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy. the Footprints of a Gigantic Mind
Key Words: philosophy, popular culture, postmodernism, detection, reader, Sherlock HolmesSHERLOCK HOLMES AND PHILOSOPHY. THE FOOTPRINTS OF A GIGANTIC MIND Review of Joseph Steiff (ed.), Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy. The Footprints of a Gigantic Mind...
Shrinking Minority? Slovak Lutherans Fighting with Secularism
Abstract: An important church body complementing the religious face of Slovakia is the Lutheran Church. It is the second largest church according to the 2001 census, a community with intensive intergenerational secularisation of its adherents. Ageing...
The Archaic Time Perception in the Modern Times. an Ethnological Approach towards a Religious Minority
Abstract: The present study focuses on the religious minority arising from the implementation of the Gregorian calendar in Romania. Christian religious community of the Old Style is defined both historically and through psycho-social elements that caused...
'The Unspeakable'. Linguistic, Social, and Cultural Functions of a Concept and Its Philosophical Tradition of Wittgenstein, De Saussure, and Peirce for 'Silent Speech' and 'Silence'
Abstract: Why do we say that something is unspeakable, even though we know the issue well? We find in many cultural contexts the classification of something as 'unspeakable'. Using semantics and semiotic theory separating between 'concept', 'sign', and...
Understanding Suicide Attack: Weapon of the Weak or Crime against Humanity?
Abstract: Suicide attack has become a dangerous trend in the contemporary history of some Asian societies. While it has been used by some people as a means of protest, it has been largely rejected by humanity for its severe debilitating effects. Instances...

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