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ZjR - Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft
ISSN 1862-5886 • Current issue 01/2008:

Vanessa Meier



Daniel Böttger
Ergebnisbericht zur religionspsychologischen Studie »Intersubjektivität von Tranceerleben durch religiös-rituelle Körperhaltungen«
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The article describes an experiment conducted by the author at the University of Leipzig in 2006. The experiment was an attempt to test the hypothesis that certain body postures described by the anthropologist Felicitas Goodman would, under certain circumstances, always lead to similar trance experiences. After a brief outline of Goodmans theory, the experiment is described in detail with emphasis placed on the interpretation of data. The result turns out to contradict the hypothesis and is then briefly discussed.

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Sebastian Cöllen
Can Science Be Enchanting? Ways to a Phenomenology of Religion in the Post-Modern Age
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Writing dissertations, papers, or articles on a variety of religions, often foreign to us, sometimes even extinct, we more often than not find ourselves between two opposing theoretical camps, each deprecating the other, one being accused of »colonizing the Other,« the second of promoting a boundless relativism. Why does scientific explanation tend to »disenchant« its objects (Weber)? And what is the option, assuming we want to revert neither to the romantic Nacherlebnis of Dilthey, nor to the relativism inherent in much post-modernist work? I would like to speak about possible ways between these camps and will venture a third option, one that tries to evade the old and influential dichotomy of (subjective) interpretation and (objective) explanation.

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Anja Kirsch
Religionen im Realsozialismus – Widerspruch oder Tatsache? Eine wissenschaftliche Expertise zum aktuellen Forschungsstand
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The article deals with a subject matter still marginalised within the academic study of religions: the religious landscape of the GDR. It is argued that this subject matter ought to be accepted and explored as part of the European History of Religions. Based upon an overview of those few accounts already existing in the German speaking scientific community, the author presents some proposals for further academic analysis. However, the question whether the concept of socialism itself could be interpreted as a religionis not considered.

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Anna Neumaier
5 nach 12 in Hollywood – Postapokalypse in modernen Medien
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Apocalypticism as a literary genre has been a field of broad research for the study of religion. Scholars have also paid attention to its appearance in modern narratives. But those scenarios which »enable« the apocalypse to »generate« a sequel have been almost completely ignored to this day: however, amazingly many movies and contemporary narratives come to a continuation after the end. This offspring, labelled in this article as »post-apocalypse«, challenges existing concepts of apocalyptic patterns and requires a revision of established categories. This article, based upon an empirical study of modern movie narratives, intends to develop some features of such a categorisation . In addition, grounded in an explorative approach the article aims at offering some starting points for further research.

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Anna-Konstanze Schröder
Angewandte und zugleich kritische Religionswissenschaft
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Insights from the study of religions can be applied to various practical questions, for instance, the influence of religion on mental health. But what about contract research by religious organisations, for example, for consulting services? In this article I will point out that the applied study of religions (Angewandte Religionswissenschaft) can still be scholarship critical of the scholar's perspective and of the religious ideology under examination. The basis for this is an empirical, social scientific, theory-based and hypothesis-testing methodology. Therefore, it is theory in the study of religions which is the actual subject of critical scholarship. Furthermore, it is argued that the problem of responsibility for any possible exploitation of research results lies with the individual scholar and is indeed a question of ethics.

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Von Brück, Michael: Ewiges Leben oder Wiedergeburt? Sterben, Tod und Jenseitshoffnung in europäischen und asiatischen Kulturen
Rezensiert von Tobias Bauer

Schmitz, Bertram: Vom Tempelkult zum Abendmahl: Die Transformation eines Zentralsymbols aus religionswissenschaftlicher Sicht
Rezensiert von Sylvie Eigenmann

Behr, Hartmut und Hildebrandt, Mathias: Politik und Religion in der Europäischen Union. Zwischen nationalen Traditionen und Europäisierung
Rezensiert von Steffen Führding

Metzger, Franz und Feuerstein-Praßer, Karin: Die Geschichte des Ordenslebens. Von den Anfängen bis heute
Rezensiert von Sarah Jahn

Martin Greschat: Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte. Versuch einer Orientierung
Rezensiert von Claudius Kienzle

Johann Maier: Judentum
Johann Maier: Judentum. Reader
Rezensiert von Jeannine Kunert

Idinopulos, Thomas Athanasius, Wilson, Brian C. and Hanges, James Constantine: Comparing Religions: Possibilities and Perils?
Reviewed by A. Patrick Pegues

André Kukuk: Die Paläo-SETI Hypothese als alternative Theorie zur Entstehungs- und Entwicklungsgeschichte des Homo sapiens
Rezensiert von Jonas Richter

Yousefi, Hamid Reza et.al.: Wege zur Religionswissenschaft. Eine interkulturelle Orientierung. Ansätze, Grundprobleme, Ergänzende Perspektiven
Rezensiert von Steffen Rink

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