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China's Treatment of Religious Practices

Description: From abstract: This report provides a brief background on religions in the People's Republic of China and discusses official Chinese government attitudes toward religious observance.
Date: May 8, 1998
Creator: Dumbaugh, Kerry & Johnson, Deborah E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[James Robison conducts sermon, 16]

Description: Photograph of James Robison conducting a sermon to a large audience. The photograph is taken from above the back of the stage, and Robison is leaning forward near the front of the stage.
Date: 199X
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), IV, 1951-
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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New Wine in Old Wineskins: Hobbes’s Use and Abuse of Religious Rhetoric

Description: Thomas Hobbes’s knowledge of religious doctrine, typology, and use religious rhetoric in his writings is often glossed over in an over-eager attempt to establish his preeminence as a founder of modern political theory and the social contract tradition. Such action, however is an injustice to Hobbes himself, who recognized that in order to establish a new, and arguably radical, political position founded upon reason and nominalist materialism he had to reform people’s understanding of religious revelation, and Christianity specifically. Rather than merely move to a new epistemological foundation, Hobbes was aware that the only way to ensure religion does become a phoenix was to examine and undermine the foundations of religious thought in its own terms. This reformation of religious language, critique of Christianity, and attempt to eliminate man’s belief in their obligation to God was done in order to promote a civil society in which religion was servant of the state. Through reforming religious language, Hobbes was able to demote religion as a worldview; removing man’s fear of the afterlife or obligation to obey God over a civil sovereign. Religious doctrine no longer was in competition with the civil state, but is transformed into a tool of the state, one which philosophically founds the modern arguments for religious toleration.
Date: December 2014
Creator: Higgins, Nicholas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Legal Analysis of Religious Exemptions for Photo Identification Requirements

Description: Report that analyzes the legal issues associated with religious exemptions to photo identification laws, lawsuits that have challenged state photo requirements, and factors that may be relevant in future decisions that may arise related to federal photo identification requirements and state voter identification requirements.
Date: September 5, 2012
Creator: Brougher, Cynthia
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Religion in Industry

Description: The purpose of this study is to outline to interested employers and employees the developments that have taken place in the establishment of religious programs within industry. This study should stimulate thinking as to whether or not such a program will develop better inter-personal relationships in working situations.
Date: 1957
Creator: Hess, Edward W.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Gender Role Conflict and Religion/Spirituality

Description: Relatively few studies have explored the relationship between gender role conflict (GRC) and an individual's religious/spiritual identities. This study sought to add to the research on GRC by exploring the experiences of female and male GRC, and expand the understanding of the influence of religion/spirituality (R/S) variables on GRC. Participants (N = 359) were recruited from social media and undergraduate courses and completed an online survey that assessed GRC, a variety of R/S variables, and life satisfaction. Overall, there were some significant differences found between male and female experiences of GRC. In general, the R/S variables did not have a large impact on GRC. However, religious fundamentalism and extrinsic and quest religious orientations were related to specific subscales of GRC. Maintaining congruency between one's personal values and one's religious institution was related to lower levels of specific subscales of GRC. Additionally, GRC was related to lower levels of life satisfaction. Regarding the subscales of GRC, restrictive emotionality was the strongest predictor of lower life satisfaction. By furthering research on the interplay between GRC and R/S, clinicians will be more equipped to handle the repercussions of stereotypical roles within gender and religion, address negative attitudes and behaviors, and lead discussions about finding congruency between one's gender and R/S identities.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Norton, Jolene
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Preacher shaking hands with the congregation]

Description: Photograph of a preacher reaching over his podium to shake hands with congregation. A young girl on the left side of the image shakes his right hand and is barely in frame. A table sits in front of the podium and has two baskets filled with cloth napkins, a pile of rags and a bible sits next to them. A man stands behind the preacher, and the rest of the congregation stand behind the podium on the left side of the image.
Date: [1939..1989]
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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The Affects of Religiosity on Anomie

Description: This study explores the relationship between religion and anomie. The theoretical framework of Durkheim and Merton was used to suggest the hypothetical relationship between the two variables: as religiosity increases, anomie decreases. A secondary analysis was conducted using the 1991 General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is one of the largest annual surveys conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. There were 1517 adult respondents composing the 1991 cross-national sample. Questions measuring both the belief and action dimensions of religion were used to measure respondents' level of religiosity. Questions from the Srole Scale of Anomia were used to measure respondents' level of anomia. Durkheim's theory that religion functions to integrate individuals into the larger society and therefore diminish levels of anomie was not supported with this data. While the lack of significant findings did not support the theory, neither did it disprove it. The hypothetical inverse relationship between class and anomie was supported with this data. Another hypothetical relationship, that of the most religious, women experience less anomie than men, was also not supported due to the lack of a significant relationship among the primary variables. Continued use of comprehensive and large scale surveys such as the General Social Survey is crucial. This research suggests the need for further testing of these hypotheses using more elaborate measures.
Date: August 1996
Creator: Wilson, Dwain R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Group of worshipers]

Description: Photograph of a group of people worshiping in a church setting. One man has his arm raised in front of him, and another facing a woman with his hand near her face.
Date: 199X
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), IV, 1951-
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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'Gimme That Ole Time Religion': Traditionalism, Progressivism and Popular Media

Description: This thesis examines the role of Christianity in contemporary American culture using 1990s popular media as cultural artifacts. Building on theories of ideological analysis and hegemony, this project uncovers a balance between progressive and traditionalist ideologies in American culture with progressive ideologies most often superficially acknowledged and incorporated into dominant traditionalist Christian ideologies through hegemonic negotiation. An analysis of the popular Hollywood films The Last Temptation of Christ, Leap of Faith, Michael, City of Angels, Dogma and Keeping the Faith, illustrates this process by addressing Christian dominance in multicultural America, a backlash against feminism constructed through patriarchal and “family values” ideologies, and an integration of popular culture and traditionalist Christianity.
Date: August 2002
Creator: Turner-Reed, Laura
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Basilica in Naranjo de Alajuela, Costa Rica]

Description: Fotografía de una basílica en Naranjo de Alajuela, Costa Rica, llamada "Basílica Nuestra Señora de Las Piedades". La versión actual de esta iglesia de estilo renacentista se construyó entre 1924 y 1929, después de que el terremoto de San Casimiro la dañara gravemente.
Date: [1969..]
Creator: Parlee, Lorena M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Allen Chapel AME Church]

Description: Photograph of the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 116 Elm Street in Fort Worth, Texas. The church has a bell tower directly above the front entrance that sits facing the right side of the photo. The side of the church facing the camera has many, cathedral-style windows. A concrete parking lot and a grassy area lay between the camera and the church, and a street runs in front of it, with a streetlight positioned just off of the street, to the right of the photo. The blade sign for the church is in the shape of a cross and extends from the church's front left corner.
Date: [1990..]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), IV, 1951-
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[People praying and clapping together]

Description: Photograph of multiple individuals of religious faith convening together at their place of worship. The older woman in the center is standing with her hands clasped together during the sermon, and holding them close to her lips.
Date: 197X
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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The Religion of Dr. Samuel Johnson

Description: Johnson was a rationalist in everything except religion, which, to him, was an adherence to the established Church with its traditional forms. His efforts to maintain his orthodox views in the midst of the controversial beliefs of his age will be the subject of subsequent chapters in this study.
Date: 1949
Creator: Hopper, Ruth
Partner: UNT Libraries
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