World Religions Reader / Edition 2

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The World Religions Reader gathers together material on six of the world's most influential faiths. The selection of readings is drawn from a broad range of historical and contemporary sources, giving a full picture of the beliefs and practices of each religion. This new edition includes new introductions to each religious tradition, an extensively revised section on Hinduism, and a completely new selection of readings on Buddhism.

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Editorial Reviews

Examines six of the world's religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism. Selections from the sacred texts of each religion are provided, followed by articles exploring their beliefs and practices, focusing on the last 50 years. The numerous contributors also look at themes such as sacred places, moral decision making, and women in religion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
'Altogether this is a very useful collection of resources, not only for those studying with The Open University, but for anyone wanting easy access to significant primary sources which will help them to understand something of the history and contemporary concerns of six of the most influential spiritual traditions.' - Denise Cush, Bath Spa University College

'The book is beautifully presented and there are some intriguing choices of extracts.' - Reviews in Religion and Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415247498
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/7/2000
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwilym Beckerlegge is a member of the Department of Religious Studies at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part One: Judaism; Passages from the Jewish Bible; From the Rabbinic Tradition; Different Voices from the Past; The Holocaust and Post-Holocaust Theology; Judaism and Israel; Torah and Covenant: Recent and Contemporary Voices; Part Two: Christianity; Passages from the Christian Bible; The Church Fathers; The Churches: Their Life and Faith; Women's voices and Feminist Theology; Christianity and Social Justice; Part Three: Islam; From the Qur'an; The Beautiful Names; Hadith/Sunnah; Law in Islam; Muslim Mystics; Islam in the Late Twentieth Century; Part Four: Hinduism; Village Hinduism; Hindu Patterns of Liberation; The Modern Period; Part Five: Buddhism; From the Suttas (discourses) and Vinaya (discipline) of the Theravada Tradition; From the Mahayana Texts; Buddhist Practices; Recent and Contemporary Buddhist concerns; Part Six: Sikhism; Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh; The Sikh Tradition; Khalistan and Sikh Identity; A Sikh Woman of the Nineties; Index
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