Neighboring Faiths; A Christian Introduction to World Religions

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Overview

The world hasn't really shrunk—it just feels that way.

Not all people of different cultural traditions and religious beliefs live halfway around the globe. Some of them live just down the block. Some of them work in the cubicle across the hall. Some of them sit next to us at PTA meetings. Encounters with these neighboring faiths often challenge our own comfortable beliefs and traditions. They make us think more deeply about our own faith commitments.

For all who want to understand the religious faiths of their neighbors and coworkers, Winfried Corduan offers this helpful introduction to the religions of the world. His survey covers major and minor religions including Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, African and Native American traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Chinese popular religion, Shinto and the Japanese synthesis.

Unlike many similar books, Neighboring Faiths emphasizes not just formal religious teachings but also how each religion is practiced in daily life. Corduan has presnts more than 80 photographs, charts and maps. And moving beyond mere description, he offers specific suggestions for how Christians can avoid giving unnecessary offense to followers of these faiths while engaging them in constructive dialogue.

For readers who want to understand what other religions believe and practice, and for small groups and churches who want to become more effective in reaching those from other cultures and religions, Neighboring Faiths is an indispensable guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Themelios
A fine summary of what people of other religions believe and practise.
Christian Scholar's Review
[E]ncourage[s] empathetic understanding of non-Christian faiths, as well as informed and respectful interreligious dialogue, while firmly embracing a commitment to Christian belief that resists relativistic or homogenizing forms of pluralism.
Missiology
Neighboring Faiths commends itself for use in many contexts. . . . His book builds on his years of classroom teaching on the subject and of leading students on study tours to encounter people's lived religion in various parts of the world. That all bears fruit in this engaging volume.
Bibliotheca Sacra
Neighboring Faiths commends itself for use in many contexts. . . . His book builds on his years of classroom teaching on the subject and of leading students on study tours to encounter people's lived religion in various parts of the world. That all bears fruit in this engaging volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830815241
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Winfried Corduan (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana. He has led many undergraduate tours focusing on the lived religious traditions of various parts of the world. He is the author of several books, including Handmaid to Theology, Reasonable Faith: Basic Christian Apologetics, Neighboring Faiths and A Tapestry of Faiths.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Maps & Tables Acknowledgments Introduction
1. Religion: Study and Practice
2. Judaism
3. Islam
4. Zoroastrianism
5. Traditional Religions: Introduction & African Religion
6. Native American Religion
7. Hinduism
8. Buddhism
9. Three Offshoot Religions: Jainism, Sikhism and Baha'i
10. Chinese Popular Religion
11. Shinto and the Japanese Synthesis Notes Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    A unique and bold view on world religions

    It is hard to find a Christian view on world religions that is bold and uncompromising but at the same time not ignorant to other beliefs. The book reads more like a textbook but is never boring. The history and the religion's teachings and also their common practice in America are in depth and accurate when compared with other books by that religion's popular authors. Also the presentation is a good summary of all of these areas. It is a much needed Christian voice that is true to the Bible - proclaiming the exclusivity of Christ.

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