World Religions Today / Edition 3

World Religions Today / Edition 3

by John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, Todd Lewis, Todd Thornton Lewis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195365631

ISBN-13: 9780195365634

Pub. Date: 11/21/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Taking a fresh approach, World Religions Today explores world religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. In contrast with most other books on world religions, this unique work does not adopt a historical perspective that focuses on the past; instead, it makes use of past

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Taking a fresh approach, World Religions Today explores world religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. In contrast with most other books on world religions, this unique work does not adopt a historical perspective that focuses on the past; instead, it makes use of past beliefs and practices as backdrops for understanding how different faiths have evolved up to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195365634
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/21/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacex
1Introduction3
Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown3
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Expressions5
The Great Religious Stories of the World13
Modernization in Global Perspective24
Modern Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity27
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World31
Discussion Questions34
Notes35
2Christianity and the Road to Modernity37
Overview37
Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy41
Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era45
Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era60
Christianity and Modernity70
Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World91
Conclusion104
Discussion Questions105
Key Terms106
Suggested Reading106
3The Many Faces of Judaism: Sacred and Secular109
Overview109
Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy111
Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era--Biblical Origins120
Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era--From Torah to Talmud129
Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era137
Judaism and Modernity155
Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World169
Conclusion175
Discussion Questions178
Key Terms179
Suggested Reading179
Notes179
4Islam: the Many Faces of the Muslim Experience181
Overview181
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism185
Premodern Islam: The Formative Era188
Premodern Islam: The Classical Era205
Islam and Modernity229
Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World241
Islam: Postmodern Challenges260
Conclusion267
Discussion Questions267
Key Terms268
Suggested Reading269
Notes269
5Hinduism: Myriad Paths to Salvation273
Overview273
Encounter with Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State275
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era279
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era285
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era301
Hinduism and Modernity311
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World319
Conclusion345
Discussion Questions348
Key Terms349
Suggested Reading350
Notes350
6Buddhism: Ways to Nirvana353
Overview353
Encounter with Modernity: Socially Engaged Buddhism356
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era358
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era370
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion386
Buddhism and Modernity394
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World407
Conclusion421
Discussion Questions426
Key Terms427
Suggested Reading428
Notes429
7East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmony431
Overview431
Encounter with Modernity: Postcolonial Confucian Economics433
East Asian Religions in the Premodern Era439
East Asian Religions and Modernity467
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World477
Conclusion505
Discussion Questions510
Key Terms511
Suggested Reading511
Notes512
Glossary514
Time Lines527
Index551

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