To Serve Other Gods: An Evangelical History of Religion

To Serve Other Gods: An Evangelical History of Religion

by Micheal A. Harbin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819197181

ISBN-13: 9780819197184

Pub. Date: 10/04/1994

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

In this volume, Harbin addresses two main ideas in relation to the larger issue of the origin and development of religion. First is the issue of historicity of key events in the founding of major religions. The author specifically addresses the exodus and the resurrection of Judaism and Christianity, respectively, as the historical foundations of those beliefs, and

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In this volume, Harbin addresses two main ideas in relation to the larger issue of the origin and development of religion. First is the issue of historicity of key events in the founding of major religions. The author specifically addresses the exodus and the resurrection of Judaism and Christianity, respectively, as the historical foundations of those beliefs, and the lack of such historical events in 'all' other world religions. Secondly, Harbin explores the virtually universal observation of a 'primitive high God' present in various cultures throughout the world, suggesting an early monotheism. In the process of these explorations, the author repudiates the prevalent view that religion evolved from a primitive polytheism to the ' higher revealed' religions, and demonstrates instead that it evolved from an early monotheism into increasingly complex polytheisms. Contents: EARLY RELIGION; The Source; Polytheism Runs Rampant; THE SURVIVAL OF MONOTHEISM; The World's Old Organized Religion: Judaism; Hope Fulfilled: Christianity; THAT TRAGIC CENTURY; Avoiding Death by Dying; Under the Bohdi Tree: Buddhism; Mystics Galore: Other Eastern Religions; REVELATIONS OF ANGELS AND MEN; The Step Brother Resurgent: Islam; New Gods or Old?: Modern Religious Movements; The Right Road or a Rabbit Trail?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819197184
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/04/1994
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IEarly Religion1
1The Beginnings5
2The Source13
3Polytheism Runs Rampant25
Pt. IIThe Survival of Monotheism45
4The World's Old Organized Religion: Judaism49
5Hope Fulfilled: Christianity71
Pt. IIIThat Tragic Century95
6Avoiding Death By Dying: Hinduism99
7Under The Bodhi Tree: Buddhism121
8Mystics Galore: Other Eastern Religions143
Pt. IVRevelations Of Angels And Men163
9The Step Brother Resurgent: Islam167
10New Gods Or Old?: Modern Religious Movements187
11The Right Road Or A Rabbit Trail?217
Bibliography237
Scripture Index271
Subject Index279
About the Author341

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