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Ellwood, Robert S. 1933-

Works: 144 works in 461 publications in 2 languages and 23,649 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Comparative studies  Church history  Myths  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Performer
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Most widely held works about Robert S Ellwood
Most widely held works by Robert S Ellwood
The politics of myth : a study of C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell by Robert S Ellwood( )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Politics of Myth examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell. All three had intellectual roots in the anti-modern pessimism and romanticism that also helped give rise to European fascism, and all three have been accused of fascist and anti-Semitic sentiments. At the same time, they themselves tended toward individualistic views of the power of myth, believing that the world of ancient myth contained resources that could be of immense help to people baffled by the ambiguities and superficiality of modern life." "Robert Ellwood details the life and thought of each mythologist and the intellectual and spiritual worlds within which they worked. He reviews the damaging charges that have been made about their politics, taking them seriously while endeavoring to put them in the context of the individual's entire career and lifetime contribution. Above all, he seeks to extract from their published work the view of the political world that seems most congruent with it."--Jacket
The fifties spiritual marketplace : American religion in a decade of conflict by Robert S Ellwood( )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you still hold the notion that the fifties were the "good old days," blessed with incomparable social affluence and widespread family unity, all buttressed by a strong, unconflicted spiritually, then look again. In this compelling narrative of religion in a decade still embraced by an indefatigable nostalgia, Robert Ellwood interrogates the notion of the fifties as an era of normalcy, and proves it to be full of spiritual strife. A companion to Ellwood's Sixties Spiritual Awakening, this book explores the major Catholic-Protestant tensions of the decade, the conflict between theology and popular faith, and the underground forms of fifties religiosity like "Beat" Zen, UFO contactees, Thomas Merton monasticism, and the Joseph Campbell/Carl Jung revival of mythology. Ellwood frames his detailed and lively account with the provocative idea of the fifties as a "supply-side" free enterprise spiritual marketplace, with heady competition between religious groups and leaders, and with church attendance at a record high. In addition to challenging an idealistic fifties cultural milieu, the book analyzes American religious responses to key historical events like the Korean War, McCarthyism, and the civil-rights movement, turning a religious lens on the cultural history of the United States
Mysticism and religion by Robert S Ellwood( )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islands of the dawn : the story of alternative spirituality in New Zealand by Robert S Ellwood( )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternative spiritual movements have flourished throughout New Zealand's post-contact history, from little-known UFO cults and the exotic Order of the Golden Dawn to the popular and more widespread Spiritualism and Theosophy. Islands of the Dawn explores the history of these and other spiritual traditions during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This intriguing work, the first book-length treatment of the subject, raises a fundamental question: Why have unconventional spiritual movements flourished in nineteenth-century British settler communities? New Zealand typifies such a community with its immigration experience, the "do it yourself" spirit of pioneer society, a tradition of social reform, and a nostalgia for Victorian romanticism. A study of its new religious movements raises tantalizing answers and uncovers several fascinating but little-known episodes of New Zealand history. Of particular note are the tale of the secretive occult order that long flourished in Havelock North; an account of a grisly 1950s UFO encounter in Hamilton; and the life story of Elizabeth Harris-Roberts, the turn-of-the-century radical and apostle of spiritualism. Islands of the Dawn represents a significant contribution to the history of New Zealand and of new religious movements worldwide. Its lively and readable style will appeal to scholars and others interested in alternative religions
Religious and spiritual groups in modern America by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in English and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the deviancy from Judaeo-Christian teachings and practices found in America and examines the role and impact of religious movements that have emerged in modern times
Alternative altars : unconventional and Eastern spirituality in America by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The encyclopedia of world religions( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though basically intended as a reference book, this is a work interesting to browse through on religions, past & present, & general topics that figure in religious studies like the sun, moon, music, & science
Japanese religion : the e-book by Robert S Ellwood( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many peoples, many faiths : an introduction to the religious life of mankind by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of lights and shadows : mythology of the afterlife by Robert S Ellwood( )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work offers a fresh approach to the traditional mythology and literature of the afterlife, centering on tensions and polarities in the afterlife concepts: bright vs. dismal, heaven vs. reincarnation, theocentric vs. anthropocentric heaven, etc. Presenting examples from virtually all the world's religious cultures past and present, this book puts the concepts clearly in the context of the worldview and social issues of that society. The author depicts the many rich mythologies of the afterlife from the ancient Mesopotamians, Japanese, Greeks of the Homeric era, to Christian views of heaven or the Buddhist western paradise. He explores views of the concept of reincarnation as well as the arduous preparation for the afterlife that must be taken in some traditions. He concludes by looking at the way varying views of the afterlife influence religious and even secular culture, and how in turn culture can influence the popular heavens and hells of the time and place
1950, crossroads of American religious life by Robert S Ellwood( )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The year 1950 saw the height of the postwar religious boom in America and also the depths of the Cold War. It was a year when religious enthusiasm and postwar affluence coexisted with anxiety about global communism and an ever-present nuclear threat. McCarthyism, the advent of the hydrogen bomb, and the onset of the Korean War provoked ardent and diverse responses from religious leaders and occasioned lively debate in flourishing religious journalism." "Ellwood's 1950 is a cultural time capsule, recovering the impetus for many of today's trends, remembering endings and beginnings, and documenting many other developments in American religious life fifty years ago. It highlights the parallels and divergences between religious culture then and now."--Jacket
The sixties spiritual awakening : American religion moving from modern to postmodern by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For many people, the 1960s was a period of reawakening. The political and cultural upheavals of the time had a tremendous effect on the spiritual lives of Americans, and American religion in its various forms and incarnations has not been the same since. In this epic survey, Robert Ellwood pulls together the changes that occurred in organized and disorganized religious life during this turbulent decade and sets out to show where those changes came from, following in a chronological manner the religious news and events of the day. The author recalls the unusual role religion played in the 1960 and 1964 presidential elections, the stunning results of the Second Vatican Council, the place of religion in the civil rights and antiwar movements, the emergence of Death of God theology, and the impact of religion on the counterculture. He also interprets what happened in the country spiritually as an important and perhaps permanent shift in the character of American religion, from an institutionally determined to a more subjective experience of the divine
Tales of darkness : the mythology of evil by Robert S Ellwood( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Evil, an undeniable yet inexplicable force in human existence. It is often defined as that which ought not to be, yet is - so it must be destroyed, or contained, or lived with. Myths of evil function to universalize the human condition, to show the tension between the ideal and the real, to reveal but not allegorize that condition, and to go some way to assist humanity in understanding, combating and coping with evil within its societies." "In the first part of this exciting survey, Robert Ellwood looks at the causes of evil in myth, encompassing themes such as defilement, the figure of the trickster, evil people both within and outside the society, and traumatic initiations. In the second part, he moves on to look at 'cures' for evil: laughter, sacrifice, the flood, the hero's quest, initiation, the saviour, divine wisdom and the end of days."--Jacket
Introducing religion : from inside and outside by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrating the diversity of each religious tradition, the readings also show the tradition's popular and intellectual expressions, its impact on both men and women, and its outward appearance and inner experience. While ideally suited for use with Many Peoples, Many Faiths, this new anthology will enrich any course in religious traditions of the world
One way: the Jesus movement and its meaning by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Eagle and the Rising Sun; Americans and the new religions of Japan by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

4 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theosophy : a modern expression of the wisdom of the ages by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A professor of religion explores Theosophical ideas in modern times. Major concepts discussed include reincarnation, karma, evolution, the Oneness of all life, the cyclic nature of creation, and the mystery of consciousness
Eastern spirituality in America : selected writings( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The presence of Eastern religions in our increasingly pluralistic American religious scene is a given fact. This book offers background insight into the history and significance of this reality from the perspective of Eastern spiritual teachers who have come to the United States, and from that of Americans of occidental background who have been attracted to Eastern faiths, from the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875 and the time of the famous World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, to the late twentieth century. Selections presented in this book include addresses given at that Parliament by the Hindu Swami Vivekananda and the Zen teacher Soyen Shaku, writings by Aldous Huxley, Paramahansa Yogananda of the Self-Realization Fellowship, Swami Bhaktivedanta of Krishna Consciousness, Alan Watts on Zen, W.Y. Evans-Wentz on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Thomas Merton on Taoism, and Helena Blavatsky on Theosophy. There is a substantial historical introduction by the editor
Japanese religion : a cultural perspective by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an overview of religion in Japan, from ancient times to the present. It also emphasizes the cultural and attitudinal manifestations of religion in Japan, withough neglecting dates and places
Many peoples, many faiths : women and men in the world religions by Robert S Ellwood( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than three decades this introduction to the world's religions, Many Peoples, Many Faiths has combined factual information with empathic writing that seeks to convey the flavor of our planet's diverse religions and cultures. This classic work helps students gain a sense of each religion's unique characteristics while tackling some of today's most critical religious issues. It is written in an engaging style and has been fully updated--with fresh insights and information on each of the world's major religions, along with new religious movements."--Publisher's website
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The fifties spiritual marketplace : American religion in a decade of conflict
The fifties spiritual marketplace : American religion in a decade of conflictMysticism and religionReligious and spiritual groups in modern AmericaThe encyclopedia of world religionsMany peoples, many faiths : an introduction to the religious life of mankindTales of lights and shadows : mythology of the afterlife1950, crossroads of American religious lifeThe sixties spiritual awakening : American religion moving from modern to postmodern
Alternative Names
Ellwood, Robert.

Ellwood, Robert 1933-

Ellwood, Robert S.

Ellwood, Robert S. Jr

Robert S. Ellwood Amerikaans schrijver

Эллвуд, Роберт

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