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Short description The Importance of Religion illuminates the central importance of religion in modern times, revealing how it crucially provides people with meaning to their lives and guides them in their everyday moral choices. Renowned religion scholar Gavin Flood argues that religions do not just represent passive notions about the nature of reality, but are active and inspirational -- they show us ways of inhabiting the strange and mysterious world of the twenty-first century. This book offers rich insights into the myriad ways religion provides meaning to the lives of people and communities in the modern world.
From the contents Preface xi
Introduction: Religion and the Human Condition 1
Mediating Our Strange World 6
Theories of Religion 8
Religion and Religions 12
Defining Religion 14
The Argument 17
Alienation and the Human Condition 17
The Primacy of Perception and the System of Signs 23