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Asian American Religions  

Tony Carnes

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Jul 2017
Asian American religions have dramatically increased their presence in the United States. Partly, this is a function of the increasing population of Asian Americans since 1965. ... More

Astrotheology  

Ted Peters

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Atheism in America  

Eric Chalfant

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Jan 2018
Atheism refers to the conviction of the nonexistence of God. In the United States, atheism is diffuse, individualistic, and heavily reliant on the media for the cultivation of a sense of ... More

Autobiography, Biography, and Theological Questioning  

John D. Barbour

Autobiography and biography (which together will be called “life writing”) raise theological questions in ways different from systematic or constructive theology. These forms of life ... More

Avalokiteśvara: The Bodhisattva of Compassion  

Chün-fang Yü

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Aug 2016
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Buddhism
Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. The worship of bodhisattvas (beings of enlightenment) is one of the most distinctive features of Mahāyāna Buddhism. ... More

Baptism in Martin Luther’s Theology  

Kirsi Stjerna

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Mar 2017
Baptism opens a window to the heart of Martin Luther’s 16th-century theology. It offers a perspective for how Luther understands the impact of grace and its channels, as well as the nature ... More

Baptist Worship in Britain  

Christopher J. Ellis

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May 2018
Baptists stand within the Free Church and Evangelical traditions. They baptize only those who profess personal faith, and they also give a high priority to evangelism. Although there is ... More

Bibles and Tracts in Print Culture in America  

Lincoln A. Mullen

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Sep 2017
Since the first printing presses were established in Britain’s North American colonies, print was a ubiquitous feature of American religion. Print was a powerful means of communicating ... More

Biology and Theology: Contemporary Issues  

Celia Deane-Drummond

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May 2016
Contemporary issues in biology and Christian theology are still dominated by the legacy of 19th-century biologist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Debates in ... More

The Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora  

Walter C. Rucker

The Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora refer to overlapping geographic and historical concepts each representing a complex series of dispersals, connections and reconnections, ... More

The Book of Isaiah  

J. Blake Couey

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Aug 2016
The book of Isaiah is a compilation of prophetic poetry and narratives, named for an 8th-century bce Judahite prophet. As depicted in chapters 1–39, Isaiah declared that Yhwh intended to ... More

Buddhism and Media  

Scott A. Mitchell

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Feb 2019
Many approaches to the study of Buddhism and media overlap with traditional Buddhist studies methods such as textual analysis, art theory, ethnography, and ritual studies, as well as ... More

Buddhism and Print Culture in China  

T. H. Barrett

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Feb 2019
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Buddhism
In premodern China all written materials were to be treated with respect, but Buddhist materials containing the words of the Buddha in particular embodied his surviving presence in the ... More

Buddhism and Shinto  

Fabio Rambelli

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Feb 2018
Subject:
Buddhism
Buddhism in Japan has long coexisted with native cults and beliefs, commonly known as Shinto. According to received understanding, Shinto (literally, in modern Japanese interpretation, ... More

Buddhism in Film  

Sharon A. Suh

Film serves as one of the most recent contributions to the variety of Buddhist visual forms that can offer a perspectival shift in interpretation for its viewers akin to other meditative ... More

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Tibet  

Erberto Lo Bue

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Feb 2018
Tibetan Buddhists view images primarily as religious supports and secondarily as works of art. Buddhist images are aimed at improving one’s karma by earning merit in view of future ... More

Buddhist Chaplaincy  

Monica Sanford and Nathan Jishin Michon

Buddhist chaplaincy is a profession in which Buddhists with specialized training care for the spiritual needs of suffering individuals (careseekers), typically within non-religious ... More

Buddhist Geography and Regionalism  

Megan Bryson

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Jan 2018
Subject:
Buddhism
Since its birth in India about 2,500 years ago, Buddhism has spread throughout the globe. As Buddhism reached new areas, its followers developed their own regional identities and ... More

Buddhist Medicine in India  

Vesna A. Wallace

Online publication date:
Feb 2018
Subject:
Buddhism
The Pāli Tripiṭaka demonstrates that Indian Buddhists were familiar not only with the classical Āyurveda of the late Vedic period but also with the Atharvaveda and with the oldest passages ... More

Buddhist Wizards (Weizzā/Weikza) of Myanmar  

Thomas Patton

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Apr 2019
Subject:
Buddhism
Supernatural wizards with magical powers to heal the sick and who inhabit the minds and bodies of men, women, and children, as well as defend religion from the forces of evil: this is not ... More

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