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Striving to be the most student-friendly textbook in this field, Carmody's WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, 6th Edition weaves together rich historical, cultural, and theological detail into structural and philosophical sections that analyze each of the world's major religions in terms of its views on nature, society, self, and ultimate reality. The readily accessible text is designed for today's students and places a premium [on] the development of critical thinking. Combining both historical and systematic analyses, the book takes as its focus the theme of personal centeredness-a primary goal of each featured religion.
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"One of the strongest points of this text is how it clearly and consistently speaks to students."

"The material is readable, engaging, and the various visual aids facilitate comprehension."

"The book comes across as a nice balance between rigorous scholarship and accessibility."

"A wide-ranging, accessible text, one that students will find engaging and stimulating and that professors, who can be notoriously difficult to satisfy, will appreciate for its rigor and its even-handedness."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534521202
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Carmody received a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Boston College and is presently provost and a professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University. An accomplished scholar and theologian, Dr. Carmody has published more than 60 books, both alone and with her late husband, John Tully Carmody. She is also the author of more than two dozen articles in both academic and popular journals. Her scholarship ranges across many areas from world religions to Christian theology, from spirituality to mysticism, and from comparative religion to systematic theology.

T. L. Brink earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, International Council of Psychologists, American Academy of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Religious Research Association. He has served on the faculties of Stanford University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, University of Redlands, University of California Riverside, Universidad Iberoamericana, Excelsior College, and Crafton Hills College. He has authored or edited a dozen other books—including HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS' MENTAL HEALTH, DREAM ENCYCLOPEDIA: A CHRISTIAN APPROACH, and PSYCHOLOGY: A STUDENT FRIENDLY INTRODUCTION—two dozen encyclopedia articles, and several hundred journal articles and reviews.

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Table of Contents


Preface. 1. WHAT IS RELIGION? Definition of Religion. Religion Versus Science? Religion Versus Other Values. Components of Religion. God or Gods? Religion Versus Government. Sacred Writings. Religious Roles. Scholarly Approaches. 2. TRIBAL RELIGIONS. Earliest Religion. Common Themes in Tribal Religion. The Sacred. The Profane. Animism. Taboo. Rites of Passage. Sacrifice. Magic. Exorcism. Healing. Divination. Creation Myths. Tricksters. Totems. The High God. Afterlife and Ancestors. Megaliths. The Shaman. Australian Aborigines. Inuits (Eskimos). Native Americans. Africans. Southeast Asians and Melanesians. Polynesians. Ainu. Teutons. Celts. 3. RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS. Religious Themes. Mesopotamia. Case Study: Enuma Elish. Case Study: Gilgamesh. Egypt. Iran. New World Civilization. 4. HINDUISM. History. Pre-Vedic India. Vedic India. Case Study: The Isa Upanishad. The Period of Native Challenge. The Period of Reform and Elaboration. Case Study: Stories from the Mahabharata. The Period of Foreign Challenge. Contemporary Hinduism: Popular Religion. Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Case Study: The Hindu Child. Ultimate Reality. Summary: The Hindu Center. 5. JUDAISM. History. The Biblical Period. Case Study: Jeremiah. Rabbinic Judaism. The Medieval Period. The Modern Period. Case Study: Hasidic Tales. Worldview. Nature. Society. Case Study: Jewish Rituals. Self. Ultimate Reality. Case Study: Jewish Prayer. Summary: The Jewish Center. 6. CHINA AND JAPAN. The History of China. Preaxial Chinese Religion. The Six Schools. Case Study: The Cult of Confucius. The Communist Era. The Chinese Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Ultimate Reality. Summary: The Chinese Center. The History of Japan. The Ancient-Formative Period. Japan's Modern-Reformative Period. The Japanese Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Ultimate Reality. Summary: The Japanese Center. 7. GREEK AND HELLENISTIC RELIGION. History. The Earliest Religion. The Olympian Pantheon. Oracles and Divination. The Older Mystery Cults. Philosophy. The Hellenistic Mystery Cults. Worldview. Nature and Ultimate Reality. Society. Women. Self. Summary: The Greek and Hellenistic Center. 8. BUDDHISM. History. Overview. The Buddha. The Dharma (Buddhist Doctrine). Early Buddhism. Case Study: Theravada. Mahayana. Case Study: The Diamond Sutra. Tantrism. The Demise of Indian Buddhism. Buddhism in China. Buddhism in Japan. Contemporary Buddhist Rituals. Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Ultimate Reality. Case Study: Nagarjuna. Summary: The Buddhist Center. 9. CHRISTIANITY. History. Jesus. Case Study: Jesus' Parables. The Early Centuries. The Conciliar Age. Eastern Orthodox Churches. The Medieval Period. The Period of Reform. Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Ultimate Reality. Summary: The Christian Center. 10. ISLAM. History. Muhammad. Qur'anic Religion. The Age of Conquest. Case Study: Mary. The Golden Civilization. Case Study: Architecture and Poetry. The Period of Division. Late Empire and Modernity. Case Study: Lessons from Recent Iran. Worldview. Nature. Society. Self. Case Study: Islamic Rituals. Case Study: Muslim Saints. Ultimate Reality. Summary: The Muslim Center. 11. MODERN TIMES. Enlightenment. Demythologization. Modern Science. Liberalism. The U.S. Situation. Marxism. Existentialism. Worldview. Nature and Divinity in Humanistic Perspective. Society and Self in Humanistic Perspective. Summary: The Humanistic Center. Responses to Secularism. The Great Awakening and the Great Revival. Pentecostalism. Christian Science. Apocalypticism. Jehovah's Witnesses. Seventh Day Adventists. Communistic Societies. Mormonism. Evangelicalism. Ecumenism. Cao Dai, Santeria, Cults. International terrorism, Unity and Diversity. Annotated Bibliography. Glossary.
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