Invitation to World Religions

Invitation to World Religions

by Jeffrey Brodd, Layne Little, Brad Nystrom, Robert Platzner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199738432

ISBN-13: 9780199738434

Pub. Date: 07/16/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Featuring a unique, consistent, and modular chapter structure--"Teachings," "Way of Life," and "History"--and numerous pedagogical features, Invitation to World Religions invites students to explore the world's great religions with respect and a sense of wonder. It describes the essential features of each religion and shows how they have…  See more details below

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Featuring a unique, consistent, and modular chapter structure--"Teachings," "Way of Life," and "History"--and numerous pedagogical features, Invitation to World Religions invites students to explore the world's great religions with respect and a sense of wonder. It describes the essential features of each religion and shows how they have responded to basic human needs and to the cultural contexts in which they developed. The authors also encourage students to develop an appreciation of what religious beliefs and practices actually mean to their adherents.

FEATURES:

A consistent, modular chapter structure--"Teachings," "Way of Life," and "History"--enables students to focus on content rather than trying to navigate each chapter anew

Voices: In personal, candid interviews, a diverse array of people share the ways in which they live their faiths

Visual guides: Keys to important religious symbols--in easy-to-read tables--offer quick reference and comparison points

Chapter-opening maps provide geographical context for each religion's development

Timelines help students trace the evolution of each religion within its larger social and political context

Seeking Answers sections at the end of each chapter encourage students to constructively compare the ways in which different religions address the same essential questions

For Review questions prompt students to reexamine essential concepts

For Further Reflection questions invite students to think critically and to engage in deeper analyses

Key Terms are boldfaced at their first appearance and defined in the glossary that follows each chapter

A Glossary at the back of the book includes all of the key terms from the text

Suggestions for Further Reading direct students to some of the best and most recent print and online resources on each tradition

A wealth of rich, robust, and relevant color photographs and illustrations keep students visually engaged

An Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on CD, downloadable Learning Management System Cartridges, and a Companion Website provide additional resources

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199738434
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. AN INVITATION TO THE STUDY OF WORLD RELIGIONS
"Religion" and the Study of World Religions
Defining "Religion"
What Religions Do
Religious Questions and Challenges
Basic Components of Religions
Teachings Ways of Life Historical Development
Religions in the Modern World
Modernization Urbanization Globalization Multiculturalism Religion and Science
An Academic Approach to the Study of Religions
Balance Empathy Comparative Approaches
CHAPTER 2. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS OF NORTH AMERICA
The Teachings of Native American Indigenous Religions
Creation and Origins Life Lessons in Myths The Importance of Balance: Humanity and the Natural World Sacred Language and Sacred Time
VOICES: An Interview with Lin Estes
Native American Indigenous Religions as a Way of Life
Healing Rites of Passage Rites of Renewal and Rites of Purification
The History of Native American Indigenous Religions
Conquest, Colonization, and Christianity Resistance Movements Native Religions and Non-Native Practitioners
CHAPTER 3. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS OF AFRICA
The Teachings of Indigenous African Religions
Myths Supernatural Beings: Gods and Spirits
VOICES: Interviews with Sammy Letoole and Festus Ogunbitan
Humanity and the Human Condition
Indigenous African Religions as a Way of Life
Communicating with the Spirit World Using Supernatural Powers Life Cycle Rituals
The History of Indigenous African Religions
The Spread of Islam Christianity and Colonialism Reform and Resistance African Religions in the Americas
CHAPTER 4. HINDUISM
The Teachings of Hinduism
Hindu Beliefs About God Hindu Philosophical and Social Concepts
VOICES: An Interview with Saraswati Krishnan
Texts in Hinduism The Sects of Hinduism
Hinduism as a Way of Life
Seeing the Divine Image: Temples and Icons Forms of Worship Yoga Traditions and Asceticism Rites of Passage Pilgrimage Festivals and Holidays Performance Traditions
The History of Hinduism
Indus Valley Who Are the Aryans?
The Vedic Period Zoroastrianism The Early Upanishads (900-600 C.E.)
The Rise of Theistic Hinduism Hindu Expansion in the Age of the Guptas The Development of Bhakti Tantra Sanskritization Colonial Critique and the Hindu Reformers Gandhi, Hinduism, and Indian Nationalism Hindu Nationalism and Hindutva The Future of Hinduism
CHAPTER 5. BUDDHISM
The Teachings of Buddhism
Meeting the Buddha The Life of the Buddha The Basics of the Buddha's Teaching Buddhist Sects and Texts
VOICES: An Interview with Katherine Sei
Women in Buddhism
Buddhism as a Way of Life
Meditation and the Cultivation of Mind Mantra, Liturgic Ritual, and Chanting Ordination and "Being a Buddhist"
Sacred Places and Objects of Worship Festivals Funerary Rites The Wider Implications of Buddhist Ritual and Practice
The History of Buddhism
The Period of the Buddhist Councils The Period of Expansion The Development of Mahayana in Monasteries Buddhism Beyond India The Beginnings of the Western Transmission Buddhists in the World Today
CHAPTER 6. JAINISM
The Teachings of Jainism
Mahavira, the Twenty-fourth and Last Tirthankara of this World Cycle An Eternal Succession of Tirthankaras Jainism and Hinduism Ahimsa and Asceticism: Jainism's Ideals Theory of the Universe Liberation and Salvation
VOICES: An Interview With Girish Shah
Jainism as a Way of Life
Digambaras and Shvetambaras The Ascetic Life The Religious Life of the Jain Laity
The History of Jainism
The Indian Historical Context The Legacy of the Tirthankaras: Jainism through the Centuries Jainism in Today's World
CHAPTER 7. SIKHISM
The Teachings of Sikhism
The Life of Guru Nanak Sikh Scripture On God, the Human Condition, and Spiritual Liberation Teachings of Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa
VOICES: An Interview with Onkar Singh
Sikhism as a Way of Life
Daily Devotional Practices Sikh Worship in the Gurdwara Worship, Work, and Charity Women and Sikhism
The History of Sikhism
Guru Nanak's Successors Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa Sikhs and Nationalism Sikh Identity Sikhs in the Diaspora
CHAPTER 8. CHINESE RELIGIONS: CONFUCIANISM AND DAOISM
The History of Confucianism and Daoism
Ancient Chinese Religion History of Confucianism History of Daoism
The Teachings of Confucianism and Daoism
Ancient Chinese Religious Views The Teachings of Confucius Confucianism and Women Teachings and Beliefs of Daoism Daoism and Women
Confucianism and Daoism as a Way of Life
VOICES: An Interview with Jason Ch'ui-hsiao Tseng
Confucian Rituals Daoist Practices
CHAPTER 9. SHINTO
The Teachings of Shinto
The Meaning of Kami Creation Myth in the Kojiki
VOICES: An Interview with Watanabe Minoru
Shinto as a Way of Life
Fertility Rites Women in Shinto Rites of Purification, Presentation, Petition, and Participation Religious Observances throughout the Year
The History of Shinto
Medieval Shinto The Modern Period Shinto in Japan Today
CHAPTER 10. JUDAISM
The History of Judaism
Dispersion, Assimilation, and Collective Identity The Biblical Period The Second Temple Period The Formative Age The Conflict Between Judaism and Christianity The Age of Philosophy and Mysticism The Modern Era Reform Movements in Europe and in the U.S.
The Shoah and the State of Israel The Future of Judaism in the Contemporary World
The Teachings of Judaism
God Torah Covenant and Election Israel The Messiah and the Messianic Age The Afterlife Jewish Mysticism
Judaism as a Way of Life
The Major Festivals
VOICES: An Interview with Rabbi Brad Bloom
The Minor Festivals The Sabbath Life-Cycle Events Other Sacred Practices Prayer
CHAPTER 11. CHRISTIANITY
The Teachings of Christianity
The Life of Jesus The Teachings of Jesus Paul and the Mission to the Gentiles God, Creation, and Original Humanity God as Trinity Sin and Human Nature Grace and Salvation
VOICES: An Interview with Mia Sasaki
The Church Scripture Tradition
"Last Things"
The Afterlife Christianity and Other Religions
Christianity as a Way of Life
Sacraments Church Interiors: Sacred Space Prayer The Liturgical Year Veneration of Saints Social and Political Activism
The History of Christianity
Christianity in the Roman World The Church in the Middle Ages The Reformation Christianity in the Modern World Christianity Today and Tomorrow: Trends and Prospects
CHAPTER 12. ISLAM
THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM
Muhammad and the Revelations The Holy Qur'an The Teachings of the Qur'an Commentary on the Qur'an The Hadith Literature
VOICES: An Interview with Tunay Durmaz
ISLAM AS A WAY OF LIFE
The Five Pillars The Qur'an in Daily Life Jihad The Islamic Year and Holidays The Shari'ah: Islamic Law Marriage and Family Women and Islam
THE HISTORY OF ISLAM
The Hijra and the Growth of the Muslim Community The Crisis of Succession and the Rightly Guided Caliphs The Umayyads and the Abbasids Later Islamic Empires: The Ottomans, the Mughals, and the Safavids Islam and Nationalism Islamic Reform Movements Varieties of Islam Sufism Muslims in North America
CHAPTER 13. NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
What Is "New" about New Religious Movements?
Modernization, Globalization, and Secularization Theoretical Models and Social Typologies
Alternative Christianities and their Offshoots
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Christian Science and New Thought Adventism Jehovah's Witnesses The Family (Children of God)
The Unification Church
The Rediscovery of Eastern Religious Thought
ISKCON: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness The Osho Rajneesh Movement Transcendental Meditation
THE REVIVAL OF ESOTERIC AND NEO-PAGAN THOUGHT
Eckankar The Findhorn Foundation The Raelian Movement The Church of Scientology Wicca
VOICES: An Interview with Mary Carpenter
The Baha'i Faith
The New Atheism

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