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Historical Religious Books

I just finished reading Zealot, by Reza Aslan, and I found it to be a fascinating book. I'm looking for similar books! [more inside]
posted by graventy on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

 

Refresher Reading in basic Religion/Politics/Philosophy

Hi Metafilter. Recommendations, please? Recently I had ended a cycle of medication that was likely to affect my memory. It has. I feel as though I've gone from a quick, engaged conversationalist, to a bit of an observant, less inclined platform of speaking. Mostly, it's because I can't seem to recall things as quickly as before. It's so, so uncomfortable. I've been told my memory will return over time, but in the meantime, I can read and participate in exercises in an attempt to jar it. Can anyone offer some comprehensive overviews of religion, history, philosophy, or politics? Really basic stuff would be just find - Any texts going over the religions of the world, introductions to politic, lists of notable philosophers or historic figures.. Thank you!
posted by thewolfandewe on Jun 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Need Weird Topics in Female Embodiment / Sexuality / Celebrity / Saints

My current poetry project is poems that deal with subjects fitting into the above categories. Mata Hari's body never being collected and donated to medical school? Check. Evita's body being hidding away in a casket named Maria Maggi in Italy for years? Check. Poem about the relics of St. Therese going into space? Check. Female sideshow freaks? Check. Elvira as death incarnate? Check. You (kinda) get the idea now of what I'm trying to write about--weird stuff that's happened to women's bodies, especially when that brushes up against pop culture. I can try to explain more if this admittedly vague criteria is still unclear. Anyway, I'm looking for more topics to write about. Please throw out anything that might fit. Thank you!
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 6, 2013 - 28 answers

How did women come to be regarded as inferior in society?

Why/how did this idea actually start? [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Apr 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Philosophy of the Occult?

I am looking for books investigating the occult as a phenomenon, its history, and its possibilities. Maybe that sounds simple, but I'm also picky. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Apr 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Mormon History?

How does Brigham Young University teach American History? Do they tell students that Jesus actually came to America? And how do they deal with the story that Missouri was the real Garden of Eden?
posted by mmf on Mar 4, 2013 - 14 answers

History of Sociology of Religion; Why Bellah Doesn't (Much) Cite Eliade

Why does Mircea Eliade get short shrift in Robert N. Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Books about American Christian history

Reading about the Great Awakening (first or second) and history of American religion? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Feb 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Best book summarizing current biblical scholarship?

What book should I read to get an overview-level understanding of the current state of biblical scholarship? [more inside]
posted by knave on Dec 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Could only Brahmans conduct Vedic rituals?

During the Vedic period in India, before the Upanishads, were the Brahmans the only ones who could conduct rituals and sacrifices to the gods?
posted by comfortinsound on Oct 11, 2011 - 5 answers

History and Religion Clashing?

How do you write about religion historically? I'm writing my history honors thesis on evangelical Christians, but all of my drafts sound theological and not historical. When I try to fix the problem, I end up just reciting facts. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

What unbiased book should I read on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in Europe?

What politically neutral book(s) should I read on multiculturalism and Islam, immigration/integration politics and/or ethnic/religious tensions in Europe? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Turkey in the 1800s - Question about day-to-day details.

Turkey/Istanbul/Constantinople/19th Century History question. I need some help discovering some basic cultural info - naming conventions, religious practices and beliefs, headwear details. All specific to Istanbul/Constantinople between 1790s and 1820s. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Apr 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Pagan Pantheons of Europe besides the Greek, Roman and Norse?

Everyone knows about the Greeks and the Romans and the Norse, but what are some of the less well known pantheons and pagan religions from Europe? [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Camp a Little While in the Wilderness...

Where are all the camp meeting grounds in the United States? Is there a comprehensive directory anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Recommend me a book about the Dreamtime!

I'd like to read a book about the Dreamtime of the Australians. I was kind of thinking about reading Chatwin, but these comments have made a little wary; I don't particularly want to read about another outsider's spiritual journey, and I don't want a New Agey attempt-at-universal-religion haphazardly mixed in with basic anthropological records. Can you recommend a solid book about Dreamtime?
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 19, 2009 - 10 answers

How did the Christian take over?

How exactly did Christianity come to dominate the Western world to such an extent? [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Jun 24, 2009 - 42 answers

The Evolution of Religion

Is there an evolutionary family tree for religions? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me read the Bible

I've never read the Bible, and I'd like to. Which version should I read and what resources are good ones to help me understand and historically contextualize what I'm reading?
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 16, 2008 - 25 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

You have a Shaker Knowldege Gift

Good books on Shaker history? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Blessed are the peacemakers?

Has religion ever helped to end a war? [more inside]
posted by brevity on Feb 21, 2007 - 22 answers

Has there ever been a way that hasn't had religion at its heart?

Has there ever been a war that hasn't had religion or religious persecution at its heart? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 25, 2006 - 35 answers

Help me remember the name of a historical book about Jesus.

I'm looking for a book I read back in 1999/2000 about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Nov 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Jesus' fame ranking.

There are no contemporary extra-biblical references to Jesus. Has there ever been a count of the historical references of individuals during new-testament times to see where he ranks? [more inside]
posted by notcostello on Nov 21, 2005 - 29 answers

Recommendations for annotated bible

I'm interested in picking up an annotated Bible--something that treats it as a cultural document rather than the revealed word of God. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Apr 21, 2005 - 16 answers

Religious Conviction History

Has data ever been assembled showing the religous convictions of Americans over time, starting at the countries conception? A sort of compendium of the religious history of the United States... It seems as though such a thing should certainly exist, but I've yet to find it.
posted by phrontist on Feb 23, 2005 - 8 answers

When did they stop worshiping the Greek gods?

AncientHistoryFilter: When did the worship of the gods of the ancient Greeks - Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and so on - die out? (+) [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Dec 1, 2004 - 17 answers

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