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Readership: Students and scholars of Religious Studies; Theology; Anthropology; Sociology of Religion.
Douglas J. Davies, Professor in the Study of Religion, University of Durham
Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham and Director of the Centre for Death and Life Studies. He trained in both anthropology and theology and has taught the study of religion for many years both at Nottingham and Durham Universities. His specialist interests and many publications include work on death, funerary ritual and afterlife beliefs, as well as the Mormon and Anglican religious traditions and theoretical questions of the links between anthropology and theology, with a special interest in how the human desire for meaning becomes a sense of salvation.
"Using a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach-one that draws on sociology, theology, psychology, anthropology and philosophy-Davis crafts an engaging and timely analysis of the cultural importance of emotions in shaping the human quest for religious meaning and salvation." - Susan Raine, Religion
1: Dynamics, feelings, and meanings
2: Ritual, values, and emotions
3: Identity depletion
4: Grief, intensive living, and charisma
5: Gender, identity, and purity
6: Love, mercy, humility, and betrayal
7: Merit, grace, and pardon
8: Moral-somatics, hope, despair, and suffering
9: Revelation, conversion, and spirit power
10: Sacred place, worship, and music