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Explore Religions of our World.

For more than three decades this introduction to the world's religions, Many Peoples, Many Faiths, has combined factual information with empathic writing that seeks to convey the flavor of our planet's diverse religions and cultures. This classic work helps students gain a sense of each religion's unique characteristics while tackling some of today's most critical religious issues. It is written in an engaging style and has been fully updated--with fresh insights and information on each of the world’s major religions, along with new religious movements.

MyReligionLab is an integral part of the Ellwood program. Key learning applications include MyReligionLibrary, MyAtlas, and more than 50 videos to help students understand the content in the book.

Teaching & Learning Experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students. Here’s how:

  • Personalize Learning — MyReligionLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance..
  • Improve Critical Thinking Chapter Objectives at the beginning of each chapter and Questions for Review at the end of each chapter help readers build critical thinking and study skills.
  • Engage Students - Helpful maps, timelines, summary information tables, and glossary guide student’s learning.
  • Support Instructors — Teaching your course just got easier! You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor’s Manual, Electronic “MyTest” Test Bank or PowerPoint Presentation Slides.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I think that the authors have done a good job of approaching the dynamics of the varied religions with an appropriate balance of coverage." - Theresa Gilbertson, USF Sarasota-Manatee

"The author’s approach is purely descriptive, which allows me to provide my own interpretation of the material during lecture. I like the historical approach of the text. That provides the text with an orderly structure of the material." - Curtis Smith, Penn State University

"I like the appendix information about writing a Term Paper and a Religious Visit Paper. The Internet Research Guide would also be helpful to students." - Tim Harrison, McKendree University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205852758
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ellwood is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religion at the University of Southern Illinois. Born in Normal, Illinois, he received his B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in History of Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School, at which he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2009. He taught Eastern religions at U.S.C. 1967-1997, was a Fulbright research professor in New Zealand in 1988, and Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion at Auburn University, Alabama, 1998-99. His research has focused on Japanese religion, new religious movements in the U.S. and elsewhere, mythology, and recent American religious history. His numerous publications include Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America, Mysticism and Religion, The Sixties Spiritual Awakening, The Politics of Myth, and Tales of Darkness: The Mythology of Evil, among other works. He now lives in Ojai, California.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1)
Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding the World’s Religious Heritage

Chapter 2: The Sacred in Nature

Chapter 3: Life against Time

Chapter 4: Wisdom Embarked for the Farther Shore

Chapter 5: Dragon and Sun

Chapter 6: One God, Many Words and Wonders

Chapter 7: Keeping Covenant with God in History

Chapter 8: Spreading the Word of God in the World

Chapter 9: Submitting to the Will of God

Chapter 10: Spirits Rising


Full Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding the World’s Religious Heritage

Chapter Objectives

A New Day of Religious Encounter

Visiting a Strange Land

Conditioned and Unconditioned Reality

Doors and Windows to the Ultimate

Forms of Religious Expression

Descriptive and Critical Approaches

Religion, Governance, and Political Life

Religion Through Time

Religion, Governance, and Political Life

Women in World Religions

Fundamental Features of Religions

Chapter 2: The Sacred in Nature

First Peoples and Indigenous Religion

Chapter Objectives

Encountering First Peoples’ Indigenous Religion

The First Faiths

The Natural World in the Realm of the Sacred

Gods, Spirits, and the World

Initiation Rites of Men and Women

Shamans

Indigenous Tribal Religion of Ancient Europe and the Middle East

From Archaic Hunter/Gatherers to Agriculture and Its Effects on Religion and Culture

The Native Americans

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on Prehistoric and Tribal Religions

Suggested Websites

Chapter 3: Life against Time

The Spiritual Paths of India

Chapter Objectives

The Face of India

The Hindu Tradition

The Practice of Hinduism Today

Hinduism, Governance, and Political Life

Women in Hinduism

Jainism

Sikhism

India in America

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on the Religions of India

Suggested Websites

Chapter 4: Wisdom Embarked for the Farther Shore

The Journey of Buddhism

Chapter Objectives

A Religion of Transformation of Consciousness

The Life of the Buddha

Basic Buddhist Teaching

Theravada Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism

Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism

Chan or Zen Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism

Buddhism, Governance, and Political Life

Women in Buddhism

Buddhism in America

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on Buddhism

Suggested Websites

Chapter 5: Dragon and Sun

Religions of East Asia

Chapter Objectives

The East Asian Spiritual World

Religion in China

Ancient China

The Dao–Foundational to Confucianism and Daoism

Confucianism

Daoism

Buddhism in China

Religion in Traditional China–A Syncretistic Practice

Religion in China, Governance, and Political Life

Women in Chinese Religion

The Influence of Daoism and Confucianism in America

Religion in Japan

Shinto

Buddhism in Japan

Confucianism in Japan

The Japanese “New Religions”

Religion in Japan, Governance, and Political Life

Women in Japanese Religion

Religion in Korea

Religion in Vietnam

Religion in Mongolia

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on East Asian Religion

Suggested Websites

Chapter 6: One God, Many Words and Wonders

The Family of the Three Great Monotheistic Religions and Zoroastrianism

Chapter Objectives

The Nature of Monotheistic Religion

The Abrahamic Faiths

Zoroastrianism

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on Zoroastrianism

Suggested Websites

Chapter 7: Keeping Covenant with God in History

The Unique Perspective of Judaism

Chapter Objectives

Jewish Uniqueness

The Ancient Story of Judaism

From the Second Temple to the Talmud

Medieval and Modern Judaism

Judaism in America

Jewish Beliefs

Jewish Life

Festivals and Practices

Judaism, Governance, and Political Life

Women in Judaism

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on the Hebrew Scriptures and Judaism

Suggested Websites

Chapter 8: Spreading the Word of God in the World

The Growth of Christianity

Chapter Objectives

The Scope of Christianity

Jesus

The Early Jesus Movement

Paul

Varieties of Early Christianity

The Emergence of Normative Christianity

The Christian Triumph

The Foundations of Medieval Christianity

Medieval Christendom

The Reformation and Martin Luther King

Calvin

The English Reformation

Radical Reform

The Catholic Reformation

Christian Mysticism and Devotion

Eastern Orthodoxy

Roman Catholicism

Protestantism

Independent Christianities

Christianity, Governance, and Political Life

Christianity in America: A Wellspring of Denominationalism

Missionaries and the Modern Expansion of Christianity

The New Face of World Christianity

Women in Christianity

Christianity in the World Today

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on Christianity

Suggested Websites

Chapter 9: Submitting to the Will of God

Building the House of Islam

Chapter Objectives

The Meaning of Islam

Muhammad

The Qur’an

The Five Pillars of Islam

Prayers and Mosques

Jihad

Historic Islam

Features of Classic Islam Civilization

Sunni Islam

Shi’a Islam

Islamic Mysticism

Islam, Governance, and Political Life

Islam in America

Women in Islam

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on Islam

Suggested Websites

Chapter 10: Spirits Rising

New Religious Movements

Chapter Objectives

The World of New Religions

Types of New Religions

New Religions Around the World

Features of New Religious Movements

Summary

Questions for Review

Suggested Readings on New Religious Movements

Suggested Websites

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