Phenomenological Approaches to Religion and Spirituality

Phenomenological Approaches to Religion and Spirituality

Essien D. Essien (University of Uyo, Nigeria)
Release Date: January, 2021|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 298|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4595-9
ISBN13: 9781799845959|ISBN10: 1799845958|EISBN13: 9781799845966|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799875796
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Description

There is an interesting knowledge trajectory that God remains incomprehensible, not imperceptible. This lends credence to the fact that religious study since the Enlightenment has dedicated itself almost entirely to the problem of reconciling the non-existence of God in the physical world with his necessary existence in the metaphysical world. When seriously examined, it would be discovered that these two aspects are logically contradictory, and this is a problem with no solution. But interpreting God not as a physical being but as a phenomenological thing changes the nature of the problem enough that a solution emerges almost automatically. In this phenomenological model, the crux of the matter is that God does not exist, but God is real. Therefore, it is imperative to return to experience and verifiability, hence, purging it of unexamined and often hidden assumptions.

Phenomenological Approaches to Religion and Spirituality brings together the different disciplines and research approaches to provide a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenology of God and spirituality, as well as offering an effective epistemological apparatus capable of dealing with this concept. The book employs multidisciplinary approaches from religious studies, theology, philosophy, anthropology, and other segments to dissect the subject matter for efficient evaluation and all-inclusive findings. While covering various aspects of religion such as the testaments of the Bible, the church, the religious experience, and various aspects of spirituality, this book is intended for theologians, philosophers, religious leaders, policymakers, academicians, researchers, students, public institutions, and agencies with a special interest in religious matters, values, knowledge, and truth.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • African Theology
  • Christianity
  • Concept of God
  • Gods, Divinities, and Spirits
  • Historic-Phenomenological Evaluation
  • Indigenous Religion
  • Old Testament
  • Phenomenology of God
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Religious Experience
  • Religious Studies

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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