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This revised anthology of readings from the major world religions

draws together excerpts from key scriptures, teachings, traditional

stories, later writings, and contemporary articles to provide a unique

sense of each faith. Following the organization of the best-selling text

Living Religions, the second edition of An Anthology of Living Religions

gives each religion the opportunity to explain its history, beliefs, rituals,

and relevance in the modern world. For this second edition, the authors

have selected 45 new excerpts providing insight into today’s living

religions and the profound impact they have on the lives of people

around the globe.


* 5 new and more accessible translations of major scriptures

* 45 thought-provoking new excerpts and original articles from

historical and contemporary sources

* Icons in text for cross-referring to the Sacred World:

Encounters with the World’s Religions CD-ROM

* Map and historical timeline of the world’s religions

* Revised final chapter focusing on important contemporary

religious issues such as globalization, ecology, violence,

fundamentalism, and universalism

* Revised introductions providing background information

* Discussion questions at end of each chapter promoting

further thought and study

* Updated information resources

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132060592
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/19/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 761,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Teaching and Learning Resources


World Religions Map

World Religions Timeline



The academic study of world religions

The Study of World Religions by Lee W. Bailey

The Sacredness of Nature and Cosmic Religion by Mircea Eliade

Materialistic perspectives on religion

The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud

Religion as the Opium of the People by Karl Marx

God is Dead by Friedrich Nietzsche

Religious points of view

The Oneness of the Divine by Abraham Heschel

The New Polytheism by David Miller

The Ground of Being by Tarthang Tulku 1

Scientific perspectives on religion

A Not-So-Random Universe by Patrick Glynn

The Darwinian Account of Religion by Mikael Stenmark

Ritual, symbol, and myth

Mandalas: Deity Unfolding in the World by Carl G. Jung

The Ominous Sphere: A Transforming Dream by Celeste Federico

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Myths as Symbols of Religious Beliefs: The Greek Virgin Birth of Perseus by Apollodorus

Women and the feminine in religion 3

The Image of God as Dominating Other by Judith Plaskow

The need for religion today

The Lost Dimension in Religion by Paul Tillich


Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



African sacred ways

Of Water and Spirit: An African Boy’s Initiation by Malidoma Patrice Somé

The Talking Drum: African Sacred Liturgy by Georges Niangoran-Bouah

Oya, Patron of Feminine Leadership by Judith Gleason

Aboriginal sacred ways

Women’s Health Rituals by Diane Bell

Native North American sacred ways

That Mountain Has Spirit by Southwest Indigenous Peoples 5

The Theft of Light by the Tsimshian Nation

The Great Vision by Black Elk, Lakota shaman

The Essence of Cosmic Man by Tlakaelel

Seeing with a Native Eye by Barre Toelken

The Hopi Message to the United Nations General Assembly by Thomas Banyacya


Typical Holy Ways

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



Sruti texts

Hymn to Agni, God of Fire from the Rig Vedas

Hymn on Creation from the Rig Vedas

Realise the Brahman from the Upanishads

Smrti texts

I am the Beginning and the End from the Bhagavad Gita

Rama, Sita, and Lakshman Enter the Forest from the Ramayana

Duties of the Four Castes from the Manu smrti

The Faithful Wife from the Manu smrti

Desire to Know the Brahman by Sankara

Yoga Sutras by Patanjali

In Praise of Durga from the Siva Purana

The Way of Devotion from the Bhagavata Purana

Songs of the saints

The World of Illusion by Ravi Das

Worship Him in Silence by Lalla

Without Krishna I Cannot Sleep by Mirabai

Three Poems by Kabir

Modern texts

Vision of the Mother by Paramahansa Yogananda

Contemporary issues

Untouchability by Mahatma Gandhi

Hindu-ness by V. D. Savarkar

The Secular Face of Hinduism by Joseph Vellaringatt

Awakening of Universal Motherhood by Mata Amritanandamayi


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



Teachings of Mahavir

Mahavir’s Stoicism from the Akaranga Sutra


On Non-Violence from the Jain Sutras

On Self-Restraint from the Jain Sutras

Respect for Life from the Akaranga Sutra

Perfection of the soul

The Five Great Vows from the Akaranga Sutra

The principles of Anekantavada and Syadvada

Anekantavada (The Doctrine of Manifold Aspects) by L. M. Singhvi

The Blind Men and the Elephant A traditional Jain fable


Forsaking eternal bliss for a drop of honey A traditional Jain fable

The Renunciate Life of Sadhvi Vicaksana by N. Shanta

The Righteous Path for Laity and Ascetics by Acharya Kund-Kund

Jain ethics today

Remembering our own First Principles by Michael Tobias


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



The Awakened One

Defeat of Mara and Enlightenment by Asvaghosha

Speculations Undeclared from the Culamalunkya Sutta


The Dhammapada

Rejection of Birth Castes from the Vasettha Sutta


Emptiness by Nagarjuna

The Heart Sutra

Discovering Universal Emptiness by Dogen

Zen and Koans by Daisetz T. Suzuki

Nothing to Do with Rules by Bankei


Love, Kindness, and Universal Responsibility by the Dalai Lama

Living Engaged Buddhism

Engaged Buddhism in Asia by Christopher Queen and Sallie King

A Brief History of Buddhism in America by Serinity Young

Precepts for an Engaged Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



The Confucian Classics

The Analects of Confucius

The Book of Mencius

The Doctrine of the Mean

Scholars’ commentaries

The Great Commentary on the Book of Changes

Lessons for Women by Ban Zhao


The Great Ultimate by Zhou Dunyi

The Western Inscription by Zhang Zai

Living Confucianism

Confucianism and the Twenty-first Century by Yao Xinzhong

The Staying Power of Religion in China by Peng Liu


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



The traditional canon

The Dao de jing by Laozi

The Great and Venerable Teacher by Zhuangzi

Heaven’s Gifts by Liezi

Later developments

Communication of the Force of Life with Heaven from Huangdi Neijing Suwen

Awakening to Perfection by Zhang Boduan

The Way of Perfect Truth by Wang Zhe

The Story of He Xiangu, a Female Immortal

The Essence of Tai Ji by Al Chung-liang Huang

The Significance of Daoist Ethical Thought in the Building of a Harmonious Society by Zhou Zhongzhi


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



The Jewish Bible: Tanakh


In the Beginning from Genesis 1:1—2:4, 2:4—3:24

Abraham’s Covenant from Genesis 17:1—8

The Mosaic Covenant from Exodus 19:17—18, 20:1—14

An Eye for an Eye from Leviticus 24:15—20

Choose Life from Deuteronomy 30:19—20

The Davidic Covenant from II Samuel 7:8—16


The Prophecies of Isaiah from Isaiah 1:1—20, 9:1—2, 5—6


Psalm 23

The Earth Will Teach You from Job 12:7—10

Where Were You When I Laid the Earth’s Foundations? from Job 38:1—7, 12—13, 17—18

Commentaries on the Tanakh



Prayer and ceremony

Prayer: Shema

The Passover Story from the Seder Meal Ceremony

Evolving theology and spirituality

Thirteen Principles of Faith by Maimonides

From Strength to Strength by Baal-Shem Tov

Branches of Judaism


Religion Allied to Progress by Samson Hirsch


The Conservative Jewish Doctrine of Revelation by Seymour Siegel


Declaration of Principles from the “Pittsburg Platform”

Living Judaism

Surviving Auschwitz by Viktor Frankl

Women in Jewish Life by Ellen M. Umansky

Ten Commitments, Not Commandments by Michael Lerner


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



Jesus the Christ

The Annunciation from Luke 1:26—35

The Magnificat from Luke 1:46—55

Jesus’ Birth from Luke 2:1—14

Jesus’ Ministry Begins from Matthew 4:23—5

The Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1—12

Law from Matthew 5:17—20

Sincerely Motivated Faith and Works from Matthew 5:21—4

The Good Samaritan from Luke 10:29—37

True Treasures from Matthew 6:19—21

Healing the Blind from Matthew 9:27—30

The Light of the World from John 1:1—5

The Word (Logos) from John 1:14

The Last Supper from Mark 14:10—12, 16—25

The Crucifixion from Mark 15:12—24, 31—8, 43—6

The Resurrection from Mark 16:1—8

Paul’s Conversion from Acts 9:1—9, 17—20

Paul’s letters to the new Christian churches

Paul on Faith and Works from Romans 3:28—31

Paul on Gender from Galatians 3:28, I Corinthians 14:35

Paul on Faith, Hope, and Love from I Corinthians 13:1—13

History and literature


The Gospel of Mary from the Nag Hammadi Library

The Thunder, Perfect Mind from the Nag Hammadi Library


The Formation of the Canon by Athanasius

Eastern Orthodox Church

How to Interpret Scripture by Origen

The Nicene Creed

Grief and Joy by Gregory of Sinai

Roman Catholic Church 239

The Eucharistic Prayer from the Roman Catholic Mass

The Confessions of Augustine by Augustine of Hippo

A Medieval Argument for the Existence of God by Anselm of Canterbury

Everything Lives in God by Hildegard of Bingen

Protestant Churches

Baptism from theEpiscopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer


Faith Can Rule Only in the Inward Man by Martin Luther


The Supremacy Act of 1534


Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin


The Schlectheim Confession of Faith of 1527

Living Christianity 248

An Evangelical Manifesto of 1989

I’ve Seen the Promised Land by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not Development, but Liberation by Gustavo Gutiérrez

I Don’t Want to Eat Any Sugar by Mother Teresa

The Green Patriarch: Environmental Orthodoxy by Melba Newsome

Macrowave: Taking Global Warming to Church by David Batstone

Why Can’t We Talk about Religion and Politics? by Jim Wallis

The Rise of the Megachurch from The Week magazine

Roman Catholic Womenpriests

Child Abuse Struggles: Facts, Myths and Questions by Thomas J. Reese


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



The Prophet Muhammad

The Beginning of Muhammad’s Revelation from Sahih Muslim

The Night Journey from Sahih Muslim

Islamic scripture: the Qur’an




People of the Book

Unity of Humanity




Gender, Family







The Day of Judgment


Allah’s Mercy

Allah is a Light

Seeking Consent for Marriage

Fighting of Women Side by Side with Men

Prohibition of Killing Women and Children in War

Compel not your Slave-girls to Prostitution

Removal of the Idols from the Vicinity of the Ka’ba

The Merits of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him)

It is Forbidden to Commit Oppression


On Pictures and Images

Hajj: Asceticism and Social Leveling by Maulana Muhammad Ali

How to Perform Salaat

Reason and revelation

Rationalism by Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Mysticism by al-Ghazali

Two Truths by Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Sufi mysticism

The Rarest Treasure by Rabi’a

The Sound of Love by Rumi

Between the Yea and the Nay by Ibn ‘Arabi

Living Islam

Rights of Women: Qur’anic Ideals Versus Muslim Practice by Riffat Hassan

Ecology: A Sacred Science by Seyyed H. Nasr

Islam and the West: So, are Civilisations at War? Interview with Samuel Huntington

God in a World of Christians and Muslims by Martin Forward


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



Guru Nanak at Mecca

Daily prayers

JapJi by Guru Nanak

Jaap Sahib by Guru Gobind Singh

Sukhmani Sahib by Guru Arjun Dev

Sikh scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib


“Oh honey-bee, thou art lost in worldly flowers” by Guru Nanak

“Oh my mind, remember the Holy Name” by Guru Amar Das

“My eyes are wet with the Lord’s nectar” by Guru Ram Das

“The true Guru is an ocean of pearls” by Guru Arjun Dev

“The one who mingles with God” by Guru Tegh Bahadur


“God is the object of the yearning of my soul” by Nam Dev

“How can there be any difference between me and Thee?” by Ravidas

“Pray crow, peck not these eyes, so that I may see the Beloved” by Sheikh


Writings of the Tenth Guru: Dasam Granth

“This is the purpose for which God sent me” by Guru Gobind Singh

“Let all humanity be recognized as one” by Guru Gobind Singh

Living Sikhism

The Sikh Gurus’ Vision of an Ideal Society by Dharam Singh


Holy Days

Historical Outline

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources



Offshoots of older religions

The Mormon Journey by Sea to the Promised Land from The Book of Mormon

Moroni’s Visit from the Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Esoteric wisdom

The Wisdom-Religion Esoteric in All Ages by Helena Blavatsky

Apocalyptic expectations

Life in a Peaceful New World by Jehovah’s Witnesses

Following a charismatic leader

The Lord of the Second Advent and the Ideal of True Parents by Sun Myung Moon

Spiritual psychotherapy

A Course in Miracles Summarized by Helen Schucman

Nature spirituality

The Goddess and Women’s Spirituality by Charlene Spretnak

Witchcraft by Diane Mariechild

The fate of new religious movements

After the Founder’s Death by J. Gordon Melton


Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources




The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins

Ecology and nature spirituality

Sacred Whispers in the World by Lee W. Bailey

Violence and religion

Is Religion Killing Us? by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

Fundamentalism and universalism

The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong

God Will Break All the Barriers! by Baba Virsa Singh

A New Revelation from the Unifier by Bahá’u’lláh

The Essential Truth is One by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Interfaith initiatives

Can We Share in Others’ Spiritual Traditions? by Marcus Braybrooke

Global Imperatives for the Third Millennium by Robert Muller

Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief by the United Nations

Ground Rules for Interfaith Dialogue by Leonard Swidler

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Information Resources

Literary Acknowledgments


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