Comparative Religion

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God in Post-Christianity

Argues for a new elemental and sensory experience of God.

Strange, Surprising, Sure

Accessible and wide-ranging essays on the philosophy of religion.

Hindu Mission, Christian Mission

Offers a new, interreligious approach to questions of mission and conversion, grounded in a close study of the Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna Mission and other movements associated with the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedānta.

A History of Mysticism

A history of the world’s mystical traditions.

Grounding God

Looks at how different religious traditions (Christian, Buddhist, neopagan, and animist) have attempted to resacralize the earth and provide new values that include the more-than-human world.

Wonder in South Asia

A comparative study of wonder in South Asian religions.

An Introduction to the Study of Mysticism

A comprehensive, concise, and easy-to-read introduction intended for undergraduates and general readers interested in the study of mysticism.

Self-Cultivation in Early China

An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.

Friendship and Hospitality

Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.

The Other Rāma

A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.

Mindfulness as Sustainability

Offers practical and personal ways to help mitigate global climate change while sustaining an emotional and spiritual center through mindfulness practice.

Human Becomings

Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.

Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

Navigating Deep River

An interdisciplinary dialogue with Shūsaku Endō’s last novel offering new perspectives on Japanese culture, Christian doctrine, Hindu spiritualities, and Buddhist worldviews.

Word, Chant, and Song

An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.

The Imagination of Plants

Examines the role of plants in botanical mythology, from Aboriginal Australia to Zoroastrian Persia.

Heaven Is Empty

Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.

Shimmering Mirrors

A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.

The Sufi and the Friar

An investigation of the spiritual encounter between a twentieth-century Dominican friar and an eleventh-century Afghani Sufi master.

Alan Watts - In the Academy

Explores language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy.

The Problem of Disenchantment

Challenges the conventional view of a “disenchanted” and secular modernity, and recovers the complex relation that exists between science, religion, and esotericism in the modern world.

Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints

A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.

Art as Contemplative Practice

Art as yoga and meditation for artists, contemplative practitioners, art educators, and art therapists.

The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith

First work to address the legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith and his influence on the development of religious studies and Islamic studies in the twentieth century.

Participation and the Mystery

A groundbreaking and hopeful new look at contemporary spirituality, transpersonal psychology, integral education, and religious diversity and pluralism.