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Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion Hardcover – January 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0674019447 ISBN-10: 067401944X

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Thomas Tweed has written the most important theoretical book of this decade, and maybe this generation, for geographers of religion...While Tweed's theory is philosophically detailed, readers will be impressed with the wide array of religions and nationalities represented in the analysis...Any scholar interested in either religion or geography will find this volume a refreshing and enlightening study. Those interested in both religion and geography will soon find themselves woefully behind in their scholarship if they have not yet digested it. (Michael Ferber American Religious Experience website)

Beginning with his reflections on the Cuban Catholic community in Miami, Tweed develops a dynamic and relational theory of religion he feels has been lacking. He sees the key ideas of religion as being place (dwelling) and travel and exile (crossing) and uses the concept of itinerary to examine both Eastern and Western religions. As Tweed sees it, religion acts like a compass, helping to situate people in the body, the home, the homeland, and the cosmos. At the same time, we are all crossing boundaries: terrestrial, corporal, and cosmic. He offers a thoughtful analysis of the nature of religion and speaks of the limitations of his theory as well as of its potential. This well-thought-out work, accessible to scholars and lay readers alike, is a worthy successor to Mircea Eliade's Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism, which remains the classic text on the subject. (Augustine J. Curley Library Journal 2006-02-15)

Tweed's contrast of religion in stasis and in motion helps illuminate the vexing issue of religious pluralism. (Roger S. Gottlieb Tikkun 2006-07-01)

Thomas Tweed's new book is impressive in its synthetic originality, its comprehensiveness and its communicative style. It brings together many strands of contemporary theory that otherwise would not end up in the same book...The endnotes themselves are extraordinarily rich and extensive, with wide referencing to relevant literature outside religious studies, and the text is enhanced with twenty-four illustrations. For its combined scholarship, ingenuity and wide interest, the book will deservedly find its way onto many reading lists. (William Paden Religion 2007-06-01)

An engaging, original, and insightful approach to theorizing the transnational face of twenty-first-century religion. (Steven Engler Religious Studies Review 2007-01-01)

Thomas Tweed's new book is impressive in its synthetic originality, its comprehensiveness and its communicative style. It brings together many strands of contemporary theory that otherwise would not end up in the same book. It is compelling for its inventive exploration of a particular model of religion...Crossing and Dwelling constructs a remarkably thoughtful synthesis that will stimulate much discussion. It thoroughly de-essentialises religion while valiantly reinstating the pragmatic and extendable value of the category. The endnotes themselves are extraordinarily rich and extensive, with wide referencing to relevant literature outside religious studies, and the text is enhanced with twenty-four illustrations. For its combined scholarship, ingenuity and wide interest, the book will deservedly find its way onto many reading lists. (William E. Paden Religion 2007-06-01)

Thomas Tweed's provocative, thoughtful, and meaningful insights into what it means to be religious are outlined in his new book...Tweed's work is most welcome to those of us who understand that being human has much to do with our imagining and making places...Cultural and social geographers will find Tweed's ideas useful in their work and in the classroom whether or not the actual subject material is related to the religious realm. (03/01/2007 Annals of the Association of American Geographers)

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This is a masterpiece. It belongs on everyone's shelf next to William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience. Tweed's book is at once elegant and informed, a thorough intellectual sighting of religion. (Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067401944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674019447
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Maisie Jessel on March 17, 2006
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Kafka writes, "When the sage says: 'Go over,' he does not mean that we should cross to some actual place." Likewise, the genius of this work is not in its literal examples -- its religious documentation and theoretical viruosity -- but in its metaphoric ambition. For Tweed, religion is mobility, negotiation, exchange. While many theologians and historians put religion in neat chronological boxes, or dissect it like a frog pinned to a platter, Tweed attempts to understand religious life as it is lived: in daily negotiations, imaginations, and revelations. A book for the scholar and the believer alike, this imaginative and intensely intellectual study will revolutionize the way you understand contemporary fundamentalism, New Agism, and transnational religious movements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caitlin on November 20, 2011
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Chapter 2 in the book is a really wonderful beginners guide into religious studies thought and the history of that thought. Beyond this, Tweed is an amazing story teller. This is not a story, but his concise and creative writing skills really do make this book simultaneously complex and accessible. If it is your first time delving into Religious Studies and the great question of "what is religion?" I would start here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ordinary on February 24, 2015
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Much of what I read follows a lineage of thought, intriguing excerpts or references in books I found worthwhile being the breadcrumb trail. I am sometimes concerned that this binds me too tightly within some exclusive and self-congratulatory tradition of thought and so I force myself to regularly purchase works which lie outside of the "network", that my perspective may be tested. This is one such book; not that its conclusions are unsympathetic but merely that I've not encountered it via the primary concantenation of books that have led to one another in my personal experience. My feeling: annoyance.

In this work Tweed is nothing more than a pussyfooting pedant. He is an extreme example of academia burdened by the weight of its own history, which he never stops hedging his "theories" against. In fact, it takes over 60 pages of inane qualification for him to come out with what his theory even is. Redundant quibbling over definitions. Paying heed every single moronic definition or argument against definers from every one of his moronic predecessors and contemporaries. I would rewrite these initial sixty-odd pages as follows: ideas are tools which we use to interact with reality, not reality itself; definitions may be strictly stipulative/ad hoc at times but goddamnit sometimes we just gotta get on with the gettin-on; we test ideas and definitions by how useful they are in our interactions with the world, and should freely discard those that prove themselves useless, impotent; religion is obviously dynamic, systematic, and interdependent with and moving and evolving through space and time.
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I'm somehow new with the theory of religion and this book showed me good ideas in order to focus some problems.
Though it's academic, I think it could be useful to anyone interested in the topic. It's well-written and concise. Tweed is always a safe read, I must say.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soskia21 on February 13, 2012
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Was a great buy and was in great condition. I am very pleased with my purchase and look forward to future purchases.
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