Religion at Play

Religion at Play[PDF / Epub] ★ Religion at Play By André Droogers – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Is a powerful position a guarantee that a religion will continue Does God take sides in religious power struggles Can God survive religious exclusivity and diversity Is God migrating from out there to Is a powerful position a guarantee that a religion will continue Does God take sides in religious power struggles Can God survive religious exclusivity and diversity Is God migrating from out there to in here Is religion sustainable in the long run In seeking answers to these questions, this book explores the possibilities afforded by playful religion Religion has playful origins, but this aspect is Religion at PDF \ forgotten as soon as institutional power becomes self serving instead of subservient Power changes the very essence of religion Virtually all religions are distorted versions of a playful original Institutionalization is religion s curse, not its blessing Apparent success hides the failure of religion to be faithful to its original intent This book helps find the way back from bordering to inclusivity and openness Religion at Play is a work of love, a passionate call for us to let imagination and openness guide religious experience Visionary and movingly written, the book affirms people s capacity to thwart power and to make religious experience a vibrant element in just world making projects Joao Biehl, author of Vita Play and playfulness are not often associated with religion, especially in its institutional forms In this book, a distinguished anthropologist of religion reexamines the relationship between power and play, asking whether the ludic makes the human animal lucid or ludicrous Whatever we conclude, this generous and deeply personal essay is full of wisdom We should indeed make it a habit to look for possible inversions We should not, however, make this our daily bread Put differently, we should most certainly interrogate our convictions, but we should think twice before we abandon them Grace Davie, author of Religion in Britain sinceDesigned as a personal manifesto, challenging to both faith believers and atheists, Andre Droogers book Religion at Play combines creatively experiences in various continents in which he lived and rigorous scholarly research A shift of perspective from a powerful to a playful religion is advocated Thus, it also invites each reader to playfully venture that very same shift in relation to his or her assumptions regarding religion and life Walter Altmann, author of Luther and Liberation Andre Droogers is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam His other books include Play and Power in Religion Collected Essaysand with Anton van Harskamp Methods for the Study of Religious Change From Religious Studies to Worldview StudiesRead at andredroogers. Religion at Play is subtitled a manifesto The book lives up to that title It is a call to retrieve the imaginative nature of religions in their capacity of making sense of our life on this earth in the face of mystery and the uncontrollable Andr Droogers vacates his professorship on this occasion to take on the role of prophet and priest This is a work of personal testimony It is a passionate plea to end the hijack of religion by the power of cultural and political interests It is a ple Religion at Play is subtitled a manifesto The book lives up to that title It is a call to retrieve the imaginative nature of religions in their capacity of making sense of our life on this earth in the face of mystery and the uncontrollable Andr Droogers vacates his professorship on this occasion to take on the role of prophet and priest This is a work of personal testimony It is a passionate plea to end the hijack of religion by the power of cultural and political interests It is a plea to break the chains on the exploratory and break out from the domestication of the unrestrainable kaleidoscope of human meaning making It is a protest against the erection of divisive boundaries out of a universal human enterprise Religion at Play is an episode in the ancient struggle between charisma and bureaucratisation, between prophet and cleric, between the mystic and literalist The title might suggest lack of seriousness But play is a serious game The point is that religion as play, whilst completely absorbing, must nevertheless retain the overview that all other religions are valid versions of the same game.Droogers is unique as an anthropologist of religion He is a religious atheist who validates the religious worldview This is because he understands atheism itself to be in the same class of meaningful world making as religions Atheism is built on its own imaginative myths of meaning making such as its refusal to see the human animal as a failed experiment in evolution, its belief in the inherent goodness of humans, the controllable nature of technological society and the myth that our behaviour is rational This non religious entering into religion on its own terms is the benefit of Droogers platform of methodololgical ludism.Droogers religious atheism is in fact a staggering advance in the sociological understanding of religion, which he does not himself fully own To define religion as the creation of the meaning of life in face of a morally indifferent and incomprehensible universe is to cite religion as inalienably integral to human life Secularisation, the proposition that religion can be lost from society, is busted as the fetish of the priests and their exclusive possession of what counts as religion.Droogers own atheist religious vision is proof of the point of the integral place of religion in human experience That vision can be sensed in the poems which precede each chapter Life itself is a miraculous event human life is an insignificant leaf in the magnificent drift of nature Walt Whitman Life is a dream of love and loss Keats Mercy, pity peace and love are God children s play is the idyll of life Blake Paradise is an unreachable temptation Emily Dickinson Religion, in Droogers telling, is the response of the human spirit to something beyond human power It is a poetic creation with unlimited possibilities of expression The true religious attitude to all religions is irony with compassion As he says, we are all artists painting the same sacred mountain.There is an air to Droogers of a prophet crying in the wilderness It is inconceivable that clerics will accept that their game is one among many and that all beliefs are experimental Droogers vision, to become realised, would have to found another religion of spiritual freethinkers.In trying to categorise the nature of the project in Religion at Play it occurred to me that the necessary constituency of freethinkers is already available It is that portion of people within all religions who understand that something greater,compassionate anduniting lies beyond the doctrinal boundaries and petty clerical exclusions This is the province of the mystics of the unnameable for whom, by definition, whatever can be stated about God cannot define God That is the same province as Droogers religion of unlimited experimentation with meaning The new province of Droogers project overlaps the same territory as the mystics dispensing only with the word God The project presents a new genre of Humanist Mysticism.Drooger s work frames a vision that is unlikely to come true But the separation from actuality is the whole point of the perspective on religion Religions are visions of meaning and possibility They state the permanent crevasse between the as is and the as if Droogers presents a beautiful vision of unity in creativity that expresses a convincing personal faith

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    This guide aims to show you how to download Joao Biehl, author of Vita Play and playfulness are not often associated with religion, especially in its institutional forms In this book, a distinguished anthropologist of religion reexamines the relationship between power and play, asking whether the ludic makes the human animal lucid or ludicrous Whatever we conclude, this generous and deeply personal essay is full of wisdom We should indeed make it a habit to look for possible inversions We should not, however, make this our daily bread Put differently, we should most certainly interrogate our convictions, but we should think twice before we abandon them Grace Davie, author of Religion in Britain sinceDesigned as a personal manifesto, challenging to both faith believers and atheists, Andre Droogers book Religion at Play combines creatively experiences in various continents in which he lived and rigorous scholarly research A shift of perspective from a powerful to a playful religion is advocated Thus, it also invites each reader to playfully venture that very same shift in relation to his or her assumptions regarding religion and life Walter Altmann, author of Luther and Liberation Andre Droogers is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam His other books include Play and Power in Religion Collected Essaysand with Anton van Harskamp Methods for the Study of Religious Change From Religious Studies to Worldview StudiesRead at andredroogers. Religion at Play is subtitled a manifesto The book lives up to that title It is a call to retrieve the imaginative nature of religions in their capacity of making sense of our life on this earth in the face of mystery and the uncontrollable Andr Droogers vacates his professorship on this occasion to take on the role of prophet and priest This is a work of personal testimony It is a passionate plea to end the hijack of religion by the power of cultural and political interests It is a ple Religion at Play is subtitled a manifesto The book lives up to that title It is a call to retrieve the imaginative nature of religions in their capacity of making sense of our life on this earth in the face of mystery and the uncontrollable Andr Droogers vacates his professorship on this occasion to take on the role of prophet and priest This is a work of personal testimony It is a passionate plea to end the hijack of religion by the power of cultural and political interests It is a plea to break the chains on the exploratory and break out from the domestication of the unrestrainable kaleidoscope of human meaning making It is a protest against the erection of divisive boundaries out of a universal human enterprise Religion at Play is an episode in the ancient struggle between charisma and bureaucratisation, between prophet and cleric, between the mystic and literalist The title might suggest lack of seriousness But play is a serious game The point is that religion as play, whilst completely absorbing, must nevertheless retain the overview that all other religions are valid versions of the same game.Droogers is unique as an anthropologist of religion He is a religious atheist who validates the religious worldview This is because he understands atheism itself to be in the same class of meaningful world making as religions Atheism is built on its own imaginative myths of meaning making such as its refusal to see the human animal as a failed experiment in evolution, its belief in the inherent goodness of humans, the controllable nature of technological society and the myth that our behaviour is rational This non religious entering into religion on its own terms is the benefit of Droogers platform of methodololgical ludism.Droogers religious atheism is in fact a staggering advance in the sociological understanding of religion, which he does not himself fully own To define religion as the creation of the meaning of life in face of a morally indifferent and incomprehensible universe is to cite religion as inalienably integral to human life Secularisation, the proposition that religion can be lost from society, is busted as the fetish of the priests and their exclusive possession of what counts as religion.Droogers own atheist religious vision is proof of the point of the integral place of religion in human experience That vision can be sensed in the poems which precede each chapter Life itself is a miraculous event human life is an insignificant leaf in the magnificent drift of nature Walt Whitman Life is a dream of love and loss Keats Mercy, pity peace and love are God children s play is the idyll of life Blake Paradise is an unreachable temptation Emily Dickinson Religion, in Droogers telling, is the response of the human spirit to something beyond human power It is a poetic creation with unlimited possibilities of expression The true religious attitude to all religions is irony with compassion As he says, we are all artists painting the same sacred mountain.There is an air to Droogers of a prophet crying in the wilderness It is inconceivable that clerics will accept that their game is one among many and that all beliefs are experimental Droogers vision, to become realised, would have to found another religion of spiritual freethinkers.In trying to categorise the nature of the project in Religion at Play it occurred to me that the necessary constituency of freethinkers is already available It is that portion of people within all religions who understand that something greater,compassionate anduniting lies beyond the doctrinal boundaries and petty clerical exclusions This is the province of the mystics of the unnameable for whom, by definition, whatever can be stated about God cannot define God That is the same province as Droogers religion of unlimited experimentation with meaning The new province of Droogers project overlaps the same territory as the mystics dispensing only with the word God The project presents a new genre of Humanist Mysticism.Drooger s work frames a vision that is unlikely to come true But the separation from actuality is the whole point of the perspective on religion Religions are visions of meaning and possibility They state the permanent crevasse between the as is and the as if Droogers presents a beautiful vision of unity in creativity that expresses a convincing personal faith "/>
  • Paperback
  • 186 pages
  • Religion at Play
  • André Droogers
  • English
  • 10 December 2018
  • 1625647662