Organized by themes which are central to understanding religion today. Suitable for advanced undergraduates; emphasis on controversy and debates in the field. International range of sources and religions. Includes popular as well as scholarly sources to more accurately reflect religion as it is lived as well as studied. 'Religion Today - A Reader' presents a broad selection of primary and secondary texts for studying the central themes and issues in contemporary religion. This volume accompanies the five textbooks published in the Open University/Ashgate Religion Today series, but also offers an independent, comprehensive Reader for all those studying and interested in religion today. The Reader is structured around five key themes - The representation of religion; Religion and social transformations; Civil religions; Global religious movements in regional context; Alternative spiritualities. Each section includes an introduction by the editor, and presents an international range of the most important textual sources for study.