Presenting both the histories and the prevalent worldviews of the major world religions, Matthews's WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth Edition, methodically introduces the richness and diversity of these traditions. The "Worldview" sections in particular make this book helpful for comparative analyses of the religions. These sections show how the different religions approach a common set of ten themes that are fundamental to all traditions, including the nature of the Absolute, the place of humans in the world, rituals and symbols, and the prospects for life after death. Furthermore, this text combines insightful, engaging prose with maps, photographs, timelines, excerpts from sacred texts, and other helpful pedagogical aids that provide a comprehensive yet accessible survey of world religions.
Warren Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he previously served as department chair and as dean of Student Affairs and vice president. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion. WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth Edition, has developed from his frequent conversations with members of diverse religions in classrooms, campuses, communities, and international travels as well as from his scholarly work.
Introduction. Part I: RELIGIONS OF TRIBES AND CITY STATES. 1. Religions of the Americas. 2. Religions of Africa. Part II: RELIGIONS ARISING IN INDIA. 3. Hinduism. 4. Buddhism. 5. Jainism and Sikhism. Part III: RELIGIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN. 6. China and Japan. Part IV: RELIGIONS THAT INFLUENCED EAST AND WEST. 7. Ancient Religions of Iraq and Iran. Part V: RELIGIONS OF THE FAMILY OF ABRAHAM. 8. Judaism. 9. Christianity. 10. Islam. 11. New Forms of Older Religions. 12. Globalization and World Religions. Glossary. Index.