Topical introduction to the study of religion for undergraduates implementing a phenomenological approach. Thorough descriptions and analyses of dimensions of religious expression common to all religious tradition. Leads students to understand phenomena of religion and themselves.
Roger Schmidt was most recently chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Hsi Lai University (Rosemead, Ca.), a university grounded in Buddhist traditions and values. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Claremont Graduate School. He taught philosophy and religion for thirty years at San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton College, retiring as a professor emeritus in 1993. A prolific scholar and researcher, he continues to explore religious traditions in Asia and beyond.
PART I. INTRODUCING RELIGION. 1. What Is Religion? 2. The History of Religion. 3. The Holy. 4. The Quest. PART II. THE CONCEPTUAL DIMENSION OF RELIGION. 5. Symbolism. 6. Speaking and Knowing. 7. Sacred Stories. 8. Scripture. 9. God. 10. Evil and Human Destiny. PART III. THE PERFORMATIVE AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF RELIGION. 11. Holy Communities. 12. Patterns and Varieties of Faith. 13. Salvation. 14. Features of Holy Rites. 15. Types of Holy Rites. 16. What is Religion?