Experiencing the World's Religions: Tradition, Challenge, and Change

Experiencing the World's Religions: Tradition, Challenge, and Change

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by Michael Molloy
     
 

Experiencing the World's Religions provides a clear and compelling account of religion as a diverse, lived experience by peoples around the world. Global in its coverage, the text conveys the vitality and richness of the world's religions as a living cultural wellspring that not only concerns systems of belief but how those beliefs are expressed in ceremonies,See more details below

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Experiencing the World's Religions provides a clear and compelling account of religion as a diverse, lived experience by peoples around the world. Global in its coverage, the text conveys the vitality and richness of the world's religions as a living cultural wellspring that not only concerns systems of belief but how those beliefs are expressed in ceremonies, food, clothing, art, architecture, pilgrimage, scripture, and music. The text demonstrates why an understanding of the world's religions enriches our lives. In an engaging narrative emphasizing the experience of religion, the text takes students on a personal voyage through doctrines, history, the religiously inspired arts, ceremonies, and everyday expressions of belief and combines these with powerful photographs from around the globe. The text goes beyond traditional approaches to personally connect students with the vitality of the great religions and how they reach into the lives of individuals and the culture at large. This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated in both content and illustration, to address recent world events and political changes, and provide additional insight into current theory and practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070172616
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


1. Understanding Religion
What Is Religion? / Patterns Among Religions / Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Religion / Key Critical Issues / Why Study the Major Religions of the World? / The Pilgrimage
2. Indigenous Religions
Discovering Indigenous Religions / Studying Indigenous Religions: Learning from Patterns / Sacred Practices in Indigenous Religions / Indigenous Religions Today
3. Hinduism
The Origins of Hinduism / The Upanishads and the Axis Age / Living Spiritually in the Everyday World / Devotional Hinduism / Hinduism and the Arts / Hinduism: Modern Challenges
4. Buddhism
The Beginnings of Buddhism: The Life of the Buddha / The Basic Teachings of Buddhism / The Influence of Indian Thought on Early Buddhist Teachings / The Early Development of Buddhism / Mahayana Buddhism: The “Big Vehicle” / Vajrayana Buddhism: The “Diamond Vehicle” / Buddhism and the Modern World
5. Jainism and Sikhism
Shared Origins / Jainism / Background / Mahavira and the Origins of Jainism / Worldview / Jain Ethics / The Development of Jainism and Its Branches / Jain Practices / Jain Scriptures / Jain Art and Architecture / Sikhism / Background / Nanak and the Origins of Sikhism / The Worldview and Teachings of Nanak / The Development of Sikhism / Sikh Scriptures / Sikhism and the Modern World
6. Daoism and Confucianism
Basic Elements of Traditional Chinese Beliefs / Daoism / The Origins of Daoism / The Basic Early Teachings / Daoism and the Quest for Longevity / The Development of Daoism / Daoism and the Arts / Daoism and the Modern World / Confucianism / The Dao in Confucianism / The Life ofConfucius / Living According to Confucian Values / Confucian Literature / The Development of Confucianism / Confucianism and the Arts / Confucianism and the Modern World
7. Shinto
The Origins of Shinto / The Historical Development of Shinto / Essentials of Shinto Belief / Shinto Religious Practice / Shinto and the Arts / Shinto Offshoots: The New Religions / Shinto and the Modern World
8. Judaism
An Overview of Jewish History / The Hebrew Bible / Biblical History / Cultural Conflict during the Second Temple Era / The Development of Rabbinical Judaism / Questioning and Reform / Judaism and the Modern World / Jewish Belief / Religious Practice / Divisions within Contemporary Judaism / The Contributions of Judaism / Jewish Identity and the Future of Judaism
9. Christianity
The Life and Teachings of Jesus / Early Christian Beliefs and History / The Early Spread of Christianity / Influences on Christianity at the End of the Roman Empire / The Eastern Orthodox Church / Christianity in the Middle Ages / The Protestant Reformation / The Development of Christianity Following the Protestant Reformation / Christian Practice / Christianity and the Arts / Christianity Faces the Modern World
10. Islam
The Life and Teachings of Muhammad / Essentials of Islam / The Historical Development of Islam / Sufism: Islamic Mysticism / Islamic Law and Philosophy / Islam and the Arts / Islam and the Modern World
11. Alternative Paths
Origins of New Religions / Contemporary Paganism: Wicca and Druidism / Religions of the Yoruba Tradition: Santería, Voodoo, Candomblé / Theosophy / Scientology / Falun Gong / Cao Dai / Rastafarianism / Baha'i / New Religious Movements: A Special Role
12. The Modern Search
Modern Influences on the Future of Religion / The Recurring Challenge of Change / Environmentalism: A Religious Phenomenon? / Eclectic Spirituality / Notes / Credits / Index
In each chapter:
Religion Beyond the Classroom
For Fuller Understanding
Related Readings
Key Terms

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