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Religion, agency, restitution: the Wilde lectures in natural religion 1999

Littlewood, R.; (2001) Religion, agency, restitution: the Wilde lectures in natural religion 1999. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

Book description: * A fascinating and important text Professor Littlewood marshals arguments that help us understand more clearly how we interactively use religion and science/healing to come to terms with the world around us. He draws in part on his clinical work as a psychiatrist with patients from religious movements in the West, but primarily on his earlier anthropological fieldwork with a new African-Caribbean religion in Trinidad, and more recently with ethical transformations in the older Caribbean cults and among the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Hasidim. There exists a close relationship between the explanations of misfortune, reconciliation, and restitution in the historical - and other - religions and in therapeutics. Professor Littlewood believes that cosmological and redemptive assumptions exist in any type of healing, whether physical or psychological. Spiritual and healing theories interact in surprising ways, and he examines the religious aspect in systems of therapeutics as well as the appearance of healing practices within social institutions that are generally regarded as religious.

Type:Book
Title:Religion, agency, restitution: the Wilde lectures in natural religion 1999
ISBN-13:9780199246755
Publisher version:http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199246755
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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