World Religions: A SourceBook for Students of Christian Theology

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A Sourcebook for Students of Christian Theology, edited by Richard Viladesau and Mark Massa. Written from a Christian perspective, this anthology of texts from the sacred books of the great world religions focuses on their views of salvation, God, and the human condition.

Appropriate for college theology students or inquiring general readers, this anthology presents a concise history of Christian stances on other forms of belief and brief introductions to and excerpts from significant writings of the sacred books of the great world religious traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809134618
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

To the Instructor 1
To the Student 5
I The Church and Other Believers 9
1 Christianity and the Religions 16
2 Religion as Unbelief 18
3 The Church and Non-Christian Religions 21
II Hinduism 26
A The Philosophical Tradition: Selections from the Upanishads
4 What Comes After Death? 29
5 Brahman as the Source of the World 35
6 The Nature of the Absolute (Brahman) 36
7 "That Art Thou" 40
B The Way of Devotion
8 Love of the Lord Krishna 43
9 The Worship of the Divine Mother 62
III Buddhism 64
A The Essence of the Tradition
10 The Life and Enlightenment of Buddha 68
11 The Testament and Death of Buddha 80
12 The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path 82
13 The Path of Dhamma 85
14 Useless Questions 88
15 The Doctrine of No-Self 90
B The Expansion of the Tradition: Mahayana
16 The Superiority of the Mahayana: The Parable of the Lost Son 95
17 Buddha as the Eternal Lord 101
18 The Power and Compassion of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara 107
19 Wisdom: The Way of Emptiness 108
20 Zen 111
21 The Tantric Way 113
IV Confucianism and Taoism 118
A The Ethical Tradition: Kung Fu Tse and His Followers
22 The Superior Person 122
23 The Way to Universal Order 128
24 Harmony: The Doctrine of the Mean 129
25 Love Toward All 131
B The Mystical Tradition: Taoism
26 The Nameless Way and Its Virtue 134
27 True Humanity 146
V Zoroastrianism 158
A The Religion of Zarathushtra
28 Zarathushtra Questions God 161
29 The Two Spirits 164
30 The Names of God 166
B Classical Zoroastrianism: Ontological Dualism
31 The Zoroastrian "Genesis" 169
32 The Resurrection and Last Judgment 175
VI Post-Classical Judaism 180
A Interpretation
33 The Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism 182
34 The Talmud and the Oral Tradition of Post-Biblical Judaism 197
B Mysticism and Reform
35 Maimonides and Medieval Judaism 210
36 Mysticism and the Cabala 216
C Contemporary Judaism
37 The Holocaust and the "Silence of God" 233
VII Islam 242
A Scripture
38 The Written Revelation: The Holy Qur'an 245
B Islamic Spirituality and Sects
39 Sufism and Islamic Spirituality 263
40 The Shi'ites and the Imam 270
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