The Social Ecology of Religion

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11.6. During the Christian-Muslim fighting in Lebanon, a Maronite priest is seen shooting from a church wall. Another young Maronite has a picture of the Virgin Mary on the butt of his rifle.

of disease either directly by medicinal practices, indirectly through ritual, or obliquely by offering hope of recovery and faith in the will of God. Healing, both physical and psychological, is very much a part of religion. Historically, religious groups have been responsible for the growth of health care in our own society. There is also a widely accepted belief in a relationship between good ("clean") living and health, and association of sickness with sin, in Christian thought. We look at these ideas in both their ancient and modern contexts.


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The Social Ecology of Religion
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents *
  • Part I - Introduction 1
  • 1 - Why Religions? 3
  • Notes 18
  • 2 - Prior Approaches to the Study of Religion 19
  • Notes 28
  • 3 - The Challenge of Modernity 29
  • Notes 50
  • Part II - Religion and the Life Cycle 51
  • 4 - Conception and Contraception 53
  • Notes 75
  • 5 - Infanticide and Abortion 79
  • Notes 97
  • 6 - Birth and Childhood 101
  • Notes 126
  • 7 - Adolescence 131
  • Notes 147
  • 8 - Marriage 149
  • Notes 180
  • 9 - Divorce and Widowhood 185
  • Notes 197
  • 10 - Middle and Old Age 200
  • Notes 209
  • 11 - Death 211
  • Notes 230
  • Part III - Religions and Disease 235
  • 12 - Faith and Sickness 237
  • Notes 261
  • 13 - Religions and the Enhanced Risk of Disease 267
  • Notes 282
  • 14 - Religions and the Reduced Risk of Disease 285
  • Notes 300
  • 15 - General Conclusions 305
  • Notes 312
  • Index 313
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