A World Religions Reader / Edition 3

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This reader brings together primary material from the major religions of the world, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. It combines passages from the scriptures, with classic statements from major thinkers and institutions.
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This single volume grew out of the editor's course taught at the University of Exeter, England. His aim is to help students enter into dialog with each of nine religious traditions. To this purpose, he includes scriptural texts and excerpts from experts, scholars, and sometimes converts. There are sections on Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religion, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism. Secular humanism is also represented, thus providing a nonreligious worldview for contrast. Markham's selections are necessarily brief but give a good balance of traditional and modern views. Summaries for review and a list of comparative questions for class discussion make this book a solid supplement to any college undergraduate course in comparative religion. Recommended for undergraduate academic libraries.C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
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"This is the Reader I have long been looking for. This Reader will enhance and enliven any standard textbook by enabling students not just to understand but to feel, not just to study but to pass over to, what these religious communities have been and what they offer our contemporary world." Paul Knitter, Xavier University, Ohio (of the previous edition).

"This will be an invaluable source for those in Religious Studies who need access to some central texts in translation. The commentaries, lists of data and questions for reflection will be particularly useful for those beginning a study of religions." Professor J. S. K. Ward, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405171090
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 728,911
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian S. Markham holds the Liverpool Chair in Theology and Public Life and is the Foundation Dean at Liverpool Hope University College. He is the author of several books, writes regularly for the newspapers, and is a frequent broadcaster on local and national radio.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
1 Purpose and Method 1
2 Secular Humanism 17
3 Hinduism 55
4 Buddhism 115
5 Chinese Religion 155
6 Shintoism 187
7 Judaism 219
8 Christianity 259
9 Islam 287
10 Sikhism 319
The Location and Numbers of Adherents of Major World Religions 356
Annotated Select Bibliography 359
Index 366
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