Reciprocated Silence (The): The Modern Individual and Religious Misunderstanding

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  • Author :R.E.S. Tanner
  • Year of Publication :2013
  • ISBN: :9788180699245
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 440
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Ethics and Values, Philosophy, Religion

About the Book :

All Societies and Cultures have the idea that the supernatural exists and endures. Many people have relationships with the supernatural from which they feel and indeed know has given them personal benefits. It is a reciprocal relationship in which many invest and get a return. Many people feel that they have established a one-sided relationship with the supernatural despite the silence of the supernatural to respond. This book is a study of this reciprocal silence in which many men and women relate to the supernatural personally. They pray for some respite from misfortune and in the order of things many get what they have prayed for. Whatever the supernatural is composed of whether gods, goddess, saints, ancestors, there are in many societies a network of relationships channelled through priests and diviners who are accepted as having this ability. This study is an attempt to explain the continuation of religion for which there can be no rational explanations. Humans have created religious systems which have universally produced benign and malign consequences. for their emotional and social stability. and these change in their forms and functions along with changes in their forms and functions as individuals and their societies as these change. stability as these change their form and function. Reciprocal silence in religion is a feature as common in Manchester and Mumbai as in many less development tribal societies.

About Author :

Ralph Tanner has a B.Sc. and Diploma in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and a D.Phil in Law from Stockholm University. He has done fieldwork in Thailand, the Philippines, Guyana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as well as in Britain and Eire. He was Chairman of the East African Institute of Social Research and a Lecturer in Comparative Religion in the University of London. He has published books on Murder in Uganda, Witchcraft Killings and Religious Change in Tanzania, the Roman Catholic Mass, contemporary religious change and co-authored two books on the biology of religion, two on the recreation of tribal identity and religious change and another on religion and the environment. He has written numerous articles on the social aspects of religious change, translation and language use, as well as on behavioural theories in the Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa, Journal of Social Sciences, Nordic Journal of African Studies, Anthropos and Studia Missionalia and others. He is currently working on the issues involved in social science fieldwork in developing societies by nationals and non-nationals and the connections between spirituality, well-being and health.