When researching the fascinating religions of ancient Rome, Reville's study is frequently found. Affording a thorough introduction to Roman religious society of the third century from the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius to the syncretism of Severus, Reville offers insight on every page. Syncretism dominates his discussion of the first half of the third century. Moving on to the religious reform under the Severides, Reville demonstrates the Neopythagorean aspect of the reformation. Yielding lasting results, this study of ancient religion will be welcomed by eager readers interested in the history of religions.
Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. In addition to the majority Russian Orthodox and various other Christian groups, the Russian Federation today includes large communities of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and followers of many new and traditional religious identities. All are in a state of ferment; only four are legally recognized: Russian Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. This collection provides entry into the diversity of Russia's religious communities. Marjorie Balzer's introduction illuminates the political, social, and cultural-anthropological dimensions of the subject. The book is then organized by religious tradition with an introduction to each group of readings, all of which were originally translated from Russian for special issues of the noted journal Anthropology and Archaeology of Eurasia. The authors include ethnologists, sociologists, political analysts, and religious leaders from many regions of the Federation. They analyze the changing dynamics of religion and politics within each community, and in the context of the current drive to recentralize both political and religious authority in Moscow. The coverage extends from the reassertions of Russian Orthodoxy to the influence of Christian missionaries to stirrings in Russia's many non-Christian communities, both old and new.
This work follows the spiritual pilgrimage to the holy sites of six major world religions undertaken by the Youth Seminar on World Religions, an event during which 150 young people and professors from 31 nations travelled around the world together to view the historical settings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
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