Religion: Past, Present and Future Perspectives


Stephen D. Mills (Editor)

Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL000000

Chapter One provides a deeper understanding of Islam and how Muslims cope with illness. Coping is explored providing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) perspective. The authors of Chapter Two argue that contrary to the use of the Qur’an for spiritual and magical purposes, the wave of commercialization portrayed its practitioners as instruments of evil in the garb of Islam, and syncretic practices dominated the scene of Muslims’ practice of spiritual diagnosis and healing. Chapter Three covers Donald J. Trump’s electoral victory and how it reflects Evangelical Christianity’s profound influence and impact on modern America. Chapter Four presents a series of critical considerations about religious belief and unbelief, starting from a general “anatheistic” assumption, and thus accepting the challenge of rethinking the question of God “after God.” Chapter Five discusses the appearance of new forms of alternative spirituality, and covers how this “tradition” is understood in the context of contemporary spirituality by showing it is rooted in previous historical-cultural traditions. Chapter Six proposes why religion might be thriving in developing Africa, Asia, and Latin America and be an everlasting social phenomenon even in economically advanced West in spite of the decline in Western religious participation (as measured by church attendance). To conclude, Chapter Seven focuses on reactions to the revivalist movements and describe how such counter-revivals have contributed to the secularization of American society. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Coping with Chronic Illness: A Question of Faith Providing a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Viewpoint
Shahid Muhammad, Maggi Banning and Mohammed Sadiq (Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Co-Founder and Chief in Research, Renal Patient Support Group (RPSG), Bristol, UK, and others)

Chapter 2. Qur’anotherapy and the Quest for Islamisation of Yorubaland, Nigeria
Rafiu Ibrahim Adebayo PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria)

Chapter 3. Evangelical Christianity as a Populist Political Force: The Case of Donald Trump’s Unlikely Victory
Josiah R. Baker, PhD (Reeves School of Business, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, US)

Chapter 4. Landscapes of “New Western (Ir)religiosity”: Mutual Plausibility of the Theistic and Atheistic Options as an Unexpected Effect of Post-Secular Society
Stefania Palmisano and Roberto F. Scalon (Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Torino, Italy)

Chapter 5. The Emergent Tradition of the New Spirituality
Stefania Palmisano and Nicola Pannofino (Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, Turin University, Turin, Italy)

Chapter 6. Why Religion Might Persist in a Globalized Market Economy: An Economic Modeling Approach
Karl Farmer (University of Graz, Austria)

Chapter 7. After the Love Has Gone: The Historical Effects of Revivalism
Larry Poston and Stuart Guild (Nyack College, Nyack, NY, US, and others)


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