A generation ago, most Americans had little or no contact with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or any other adherents of non-Christian religions. Now our culture is much more pluralistic. In addition to these "others," many Westerners, disenchanted with Christianity, are more inclined than they were a generation ago to dabble in new spiritual alternatives that were not as readily available here before. Many Christians feel intimidated by these changes.
Many Christians don't know how to engage their newest non-Christian neighbors in conversation, partly because they feel ignorant about the religions practiced by others. Significant Others seeks to fill this knowledge gap so readers will become more acquainted with the religious backgrounds of devout non-Christians they are meeting, as well as with the growing number of American people who claim no religious affiliation at all.
Each chapter outlines the major world religions according to their significant founders or leading figures, significant beliefs and practices, significant sects and developments, and significant points of contact and points of contrast with Christian faith.
|Publisher:||Abilene Christian University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Does God Hear Their Prayers?
2. Our Jewish Neighbors
3. Our Muslim Neighbors
4. Our Hindu Neighbors
5. Our Buddhist Neighbors
6. Our Sikh Neighbors
7. Our Baha’i Neighbors
8. Our Jain Neighbors
9. Our Native American Neighbors
10. Our Chinese Neighbors
11. Our Shinto Neighbors
12. Bookends: What I Have Learned
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Significant Others, Monte Cox gives an overview over the most important religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Jainism, Shintoism, Bahai and Native American and Chinese spirituality. He starts each chapter with examples of how an individual might live out a particular religion with different levels of devotion. He then explains the history and the core beliefs of that religion. In a last step, he points out the most significant points of contact and points of contrast between that religion and Christianity. I really enjoyed reading Significant Others. The author had a very clear and understandable style. It was easy to follow his thoughts. He makes learning about other religions interesting and fun. I learned a lot of new things that I hadn't learnt at school or in my every day life. I also liked the sections about the similarities and differences between these religions and Christianity which provide an excellent base for talking to members of those religions. They also help to better understand their beliefs and traditions. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning about other religions. It might also be useful for people that are working in the mission field or in other intercultural contexts. Disclaimer: I received a free copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.