In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary

When talking about the relationship between religion and flourishing, the first task is to frame the question theologically and philosophically, and this entails taking seriously the potential challenges latent in the issue. These challenges include—beyond the contested definitions of both "religion" and "flourishing"—the claims of some faith traditions that true adherence to that tradition’s goals and intrinsic goods can be incompatible with self-interest, and also the fact that religious definitions of health and wholeness tend to be less concrete than secular definitions. Despite the difficulties, research that considers uniquely religious aspects of human flourishing is essential, as scholars pursue even greater methodological rigor in future investigations of causal connections.

Religion and Human Flourishing brings together scholars of various specializations to consider how theological and philosophical perspectives might shape such future research, and how such research might benefit religious communities. The first section of the book takes up the foundational theological and philosophical questions. The next section turns to the empirical dimension and encompasses perspectives ranging from anthropology to psychology. The third and final section of the book follows in the empirical mold by moving to more sociological and economic levels of analysis. The concluding reflection offers a survey of what the social scientific research reveals about both the positive and negative effects of religion.

Scholars and laypeople alike are interested in religion, and many more still are interested in how to lead a meaningful life—how to flourish. The collaborative undertaking represented by  Religion and Human Flourishing will further attest to the perennial importance of the questions of religious belief and the pursuit of the good life, and will become a standard for further exploration of such questions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Adam B. Cohen
  3. pp. 1-6
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 1. Meanings and Dimensions of Flourishing: A Programmatic Sketch
  2. Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, Ryan Mcannally-Linz
  3. pp. 7-18
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 2. Virtues, Vices, and the Good Life: A Theologian's Perspective on Compassion and Violence
  2. Celia Deane-Drummond
  3. pp. 19-32
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 3. Status Viatoris and the Path Quality of Religion: Human Flourishing as a Sacred Process of Becoming
  2. Jonathan Rowson
  3. pp. 33-42
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 4. Spiritual Well-Being and Human Flourishing: Conceptual, Causal, and Policy Relations
  2. Tyler J. VanderWeele
  3. pp. 43-54
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 5. Religion and Human Flourishing in the Evolution of Social Complexity
  2. Harvey Whitehouse
  3. pp. 55-68
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 6. The Next Generation: Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion and Human Flourishing
  2. Dominic D. P. Johnson
  3. pp. 69-84
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 7. Religions Help Us Trust One Another
  2. Adam B. Cohen
  3. pp. 85-94
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 8. Religion's Contribution to Prosociality
  2. Azim F. Shariff
  3. pp. 95-104
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 9. Religion's Contribution to Population Health: Key Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
  2. Christopher G. Ellison
  3. pp. 105-126
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 10. Offender-Led Religious Movements: Identity Transformation, Rehabilitation, and Justice System Reform
  2. Byron R. Johnson
  3. pp. 127-144
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 11. Some Big-Data Lessons about Religion and Human Flourishing
  2. David G. Myers
  3. pp. 145-164
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 12. Smart and Spiritual: The Coevolution of Religion and Rationality
  2. Laurence R. Iannaccone
  3. pp. 165-178
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 13. The Economics of Religion in Developing Countries
  2. Sriya Iyer
  3. pp. 179-188
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 14. On Balance
  2. Azim F. Shariff
  3. pp. 189-206
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-222
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-235
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents

Additional Information

ISBN
9781481313278
Related ISBN
9781481312851
MARC Record
OCLC
1159607564
Pages
245
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.