Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 32, Summer

Concept of Spiritual Health in Descartes' and Tabatabaei's Perspectives
Abstract:. A comparative discussion on "Spiritual Health", as one of the most imperative health fundamentals was initiated. This concept has recently been added to the previous health constituents including physical, psychological and social aspects...
Minimal Ethics and the New Configuration of the Public Space
Abstract: Contemporary thinkers have not been hesitant to talk about the end of religion, the end of philosophy, or the end of morality. In such a context, our society is based on what Lipovetsky calls a minimal ethics. We live at the crossroads of two...
New Atheists on Genesis 1-11 and 19
Abstract: When the Neo- or "New Atheist" publishing frenzy climaxed with Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, Daniel C. Dennett's Breaking the Spell, Sam Harris's The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens' god is not Great and subsequent titles; New Atheists...
Public Ethical Discourses and the Diversity of Cultures, Religions, and Subjectivity in History: Can We Agree on Anything?
Abstract: Ethics deals with how we make decisions and the actions we perform. In decisionmaking, one weighs the pros and the cons of any course of action. Besides the realm of the private, there are ethical issues regularly dealt with in public discourses....
Reactions of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the Proposed Legislation to Legalize Prostitution
Abstract: This article's main goal is to highlight the conflicts but also the similarities between religion and politics that exists in different subjects, views or situations. This study will have a theoretical part but also an empirical part. The empirical...
Religious Experience as an Experience of Human Finitude
Abstract. I start from a relatively simple idea: the human being is constantly making a multiple experience of truth (once again, in reference to Gadamer's statement), both scientifical and technical, as well as religious or aesthetic. Still, what is...
Stem Cells Therapy and Research. Benefits and Ethical Challenges
Abstract: The research on stem cell-based therapies has greatly expanded in recent years. Our text attempts to seek those religious and ethical challenges that stem cell therapy and research bring into debate. Our thesis is that bioethics can defend...
The Free Quakers Reaffirming the Legacy of Conscience and Liberty (the Spiritual Journey of a Solitary People)
Abstract. The following exploration of the fundamentals of the Religious Society of Friends called Quakers will focus upon a lesser known tradition of the Quakers, namely that of the "Free Friends of Philadelphia" and their modern progeny, the Free Quakers...
The Romanian Church United with Rome (Greek-Catholic) under Pressure: The Roc's Bad Behavior as Good Politics
Abstract: The study discusses the paradox of the failure of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic (RCUR) to assert itself after 1990, in the context of a revival of the life of all other religious communities. The significant decrease...
The Romanian Emigration to the United States until the First World War. Revisiting Opportunities and Vulnerabilities
Abstract: The European emigration on the other side of the Atlantic was a complex phenomenon. The areas inhabited by Romanians got acquainted to this phenomenon towards the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Therefore,...
The Secular and the Sacred in the Thinking of John Milbank: A Critical Evaluation
Abstract: This article examines John Milbank's deconstruction of secular social theory, and the counter master narrative that he proposes. Milbank depicts secular social theory as based on an ontology of 'violence'. Instead, he proposes a participatory...
Traditional African Religion, Cosmology and Christianity
Abstract: In this article I am applying the anthropological term of "cosmology" to the study of Christianity in order to place plural Christian settings under a wider methodological perspective. I am drawing on the findings of my fieldwork in Southwestern...
When Backpacker Meets Religious Pilgrim House: Interpretation of Oriental Folk Beliefs
Abstract: Backpacker travel has become an imperative trend in modern tourism. Previous research, however, has not discussed in-depth the intentions and motivations of accommodation selection, in particular, the religious organization e.g. church, mosque,...
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