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Overview

Gary L. Comstock's Religious Autobiographies moves beyond presenting the major religions as abstract worldviews. By documenting stories from people representing a diverse and multicultural cross-section of religions, this intriguing text portrays religion as a lived experience. It is the only religious anthology now available that carefully balances the powerful voices of both men and women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534187804
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary L. Comstock is professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program at North Carolina State University. He is best known as the founder of the Bioethics Institute, a faculty development workshop that has helped five hundred scientists around the world integrate discussions of ethics into their courses. Dr. Comstock recently published VEXING NATURE? ON THE ETHICAL CASE AGAINST AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY. It explains how, after writing essays against genetic engineering, he changed his mind to become a "cautious proponent" of genetically modified foods. He is also the editor of LIFE SCIENCE ETHICS. Prior to his current position, Dr. Comstock was professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. He has held appointments at Oregon State University; is a Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; a past president of the Society for Agriculture and Human Values; and a popular speaker who has lectured across Europe, the US, and Canada, and in Israel, South Korea, Belize, and New Zealand. His work has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. In 1998 he won his College's Award for Excellence in Outreach. Dr. Comstock has served as principal investigator or project director on more than fifteen grants totaling more than a million dollars, including major awards from NSF and USDA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Wheaton College.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Foreword
Pt. 1 About Religious Autobiography 1
Ch. 1 What Is Religious Autobiography 2
Author's Autobiography 4
Ch. 2 What Is Religion? 23
Pt. 2 Religious Autobiographies 43
Ch. 3 Lakota Sioux 44
Mary Crow Dog 47
John Fire Lame Deer 61
Ch. 4 Druidry 76
Philip Carr-Gomm 81
Emma Restall Orr 99
Ch. 5 Hinduism 116
Gopi Krishna 121
Shudha Mazumdar 137
Ch. 6 Zen Buddhism 152
Thich Nhat Hanh 157
Satomi Myodo 176
Ch. 7 Creation Spirituality 192
Matthew Fox 198
Layne Redmond 222
Ch. 8 Judaism 241
Judith Magyar Isaacson 248
Samuel Heilman 263
Ch. 9 Honduran Catholicism 279
Padre Carney 283
Elvia Alvarado 299
Ch. 10 African-American Protestantism 315
Benjamin E. Mays 321
Bessie Jones 337
Ch. 11 Islam 352
Jalal Al-e Ahmad 360
Zaynab al-Ghazali 376
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