Exploring the Religions of Our World Book

Exploring the Religions of Our World


  • Author : Nancy Clemmons
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009-03-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1594711267

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Expands students' understanding of their own religious history and practice by examining other religions of the world. Each religion is introduced with a brief history, and explored through each religion's scripture or major writings, beliefs and practices, and sacred spaces and times.

Exploring World Religions Book

Exploring World Religions


  • Author : Sean Dolan
  • Publisher : Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Religions
  • Pages : 430
  • ISBN 10 : 0195417070

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Exploring World Religions Excerpt :

An easy-to-use supplement that allows for integration of Catholic values into the framework of student text and teacher's guide.

The Kids Book of World Religions Book
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The Kids Book of World Religions


  • Author : Jennifer Glossop
  • Publisher : Kids Can Press Ltd
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554539819

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The Kids Book of World Religions Excerpt :

Explains the basic beliefs, customs, and rituals of twelve different world religions, and includes information about tribal and native religions of Africa, North America, and Australia.

Understanding World Religions Book
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Understanding World Religions


  • Author : Irving Hexham
  • Publisher : Zondervan Academic
  • Release Date : 2011-03-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780310314486

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Understanding World Religions Excerpt :

Globalization and high-speed communication put twenty-first century people in contact with adherents to a wide variety of world religions, but usually, valuable knowledge of these other traditions is limited at best. On the one hand, religious stereotypes abound, hampering a serious exploration of unfamiliar philosophies and practices. On the other hand, the popular idea that all religions lead to the same God or the same moral life fails to account for the distinctive origins and radically different teachings found across the world’s many religions. Understanding World Religions presents religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. Hexham believes that a certain degree of objectivity and critique is inherent in the study of religion, and he guides readers in responsible ways of carrying this out. Of particular importance is Hexham’s decision to explore African religions, which have frequently been absent from major religion texts. He surveys these in addition to varieties of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions Book

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions


  • Author : Duncan S. Ferguson
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010-06-25
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441160546

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Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions Excerpt :

This book is an insightful guide to the diverse ways that religious faith is practiced and spirituality is understood. Discussing contemporary issues such as post-modernism and the emergence of a "new paradigm," the new realities of geopolitics, globalization and global warming, this book explores the importance of religion in people's lives to provide direction in the society today. This book demonstrates the common quest among the world religions for a deeper and more profound spirituality. Describing the spiritual pathways of the various world religions, it assesses the ways that the beliefs, values and practices of these traditions can be life-giving, leading to personal and social responsibility and transformation, but also sometimes harmful and divisive, even used for dangerous purposes. Promoting constructive engagements between the world's religions, this book will connect social justice and ethical engagements with core religious practices and spiritualities. This is an ideal introductory text for students of world religions, spirituality and interfaith relations, broadening their understanding of these lived faiths.

Altruism in World Religions Book

Altruism in World Religions


  • Author : Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher : Georgetown University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-11-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 1589012356

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In 1830 philosopher Auguste Comte coined the term altruism to provide a general definition for the act of selflessly caring for others. But does this modern conception of sacrificing one's own interests for the well-being of others apply to the charitable behaviors encouraged by all world religions? In Altruism in World Religions prominent scholars from an array of religious perspectives probe the definition of altruism to determine whether it is a category that serves to advance the study of religion. Exploring a range of philosophical and religious thought from Greco-Roman philia to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from Hinduism in India to Buddhism and the religions of China and Japan, the authors find that altruism becomes problematic when applied to religious studies because it is, in fact, a concept absent from religion. Chapters on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam reveal that followers of these religions cannot genuinely perform self-sacrificing acts because God has promised to reward every good deed. Moreover, the separation between the self and the other that self-sacrifice necessarily implies, runs counter to Buddhist thought, which makes no such distinction. By challenging our assumptions about the act of self-sacrifice as it relates to religious teachings, the authors have shown altruism to be more of a secular than religious notion. At the same time, their findings highlight how charitable acts operate with the values and structures of the religions studied.

Making Sense of the Sacred Book

Making Sense of the Sacred


  • Author : James L. Rowell
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2021-05-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506468099

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What is the overarching meaning of the world's religions? Textbooks relay what the religions believe and leave it at that. But the more puzzling questions--Which of them is true? How do all viewpoints fit together or challenge one another?--are left unaddressed. Like an unfinished puzzle, the myriad religions present themselves to us as countless pieces, but their relationship to each other and ultimate importance escape us. Can the religions of the world really agree on anything or fit into a common narrative or singular image? This work argues that despite the disagreements and contradictions among world religions, a universal message can be found by studying them with care. It offers a comprehensive examination of religions and their meaning, uniquely bound by the hope and affirmation that in some way they are universally connected. It affirms a universalism by wisdom, which contends that a moral and spiritual wisdom can be found in many of the world's religions. Understood and interpreted properly, religions can help all people lead good and meaningful lives.

Religion Matters Book

Religion Matters


  • Author : Prothero, Stephen
  • Publisher : W.W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-07-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393422047

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Religion Matters Excerpt :

A religion is a system of stories, and there is no better way to engage with the worldÕs religions than through the stories that animate their beliefs and practices. Through the exploration of these ancient stories and contemporary practices, Stephen Prothero, a New York TimesÐbestselling author and gifted storyteller, helps students better grasp the role of religion in our fractured world and to develop greater religious literacy. Videos and an award-winning adaptive learning tool, InQuizitive, further engage students and help them master core objectives and develop their own religious literacy.

The History of World Religions Book

The History of World Religions


  • Author : Simon Adams
  • Publisher : Armadillo Music
  • Release Date : 2015-11
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 186147752X

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The History of World Religions Excerpt :

Perhaps the strongest single force to shape mankind's history and culture, religion is as prevalent and diverse today as ever. This comprehensive family reference book explores the incredible range of faiths and beliefs that have sculpted our society through the ages.

Understanding Death Book

Understanding Death


  • Author : Angela Sumegi
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-06-21
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118323120

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A comprehensive survey of how religions understand death, dying, and the afterlife, drawing on examples from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Shamanic perspectives. Considers shared and differing views of death across the world’s major religions, including on the nature of death itself, the reasons for it, the identity of those who die, religious rituals, and on how the living should respond to death Places emphasis on the varying concepts of the ‘self’ or soul Uses a thematic structure to facilitate a broader comparative understanding Written in an accessible style to appeal to an undergraduate audience, it fills major gap in current textbook literature

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion Book

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion


  • Author : David Stewart
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351219853

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Exploring the Philosophy of Religion Excerpt :

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion, 7th Edition, combines the best features of a text and a reader by offering clear analysis coupled with important primary-source readings. Professor David Stewart called upon his 30-plus years of teaching experience to introduce students to the important study of philosophical issues raised by religion. Beginning students often find primary sources alone too difficult so this text offers primary source materials by a variety of significant philosophersincluding a balanced blend of classical and contemporary authorsbut the materials are supported by clearly written introductions, which better prepare students to understand the readings.

The Everything World s Religions Book Book

The Everything World s Religions Book


  • Author : Kenneth Shouler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-03-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440500367

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The Everything World s Religions Book Excerpt :

An easy-to-use and comprehensive guide that explores the intriguing dogma and rituals, cultural convictions, and often-checkered backgrounds and histories of the world's religions.

Who Believes What  Book

Who Believes What


  • Author : Anna Wills
  • Publisher : Owlkids
  • Release Date : 2018-09-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 1771473339

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An information-packed and visually rich introduction to five major world religions and cultural practices

World Religions in Practice Book

World Religions in Practice


  • Author : Paul Gwynne
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2017-05-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118972274

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A new and expanded edition of a highly successful textbook on world religions with a comparative approach which explores how six major religions are lived and expressed through their customs, rituals and everyday practices. A new edition of this major textbook, exploring the world's great religions through their customs, rituals and everyday practices by focusing on the 'lived experience' This comparative study is enriched and broadened with the inclusion of a sixth religion, Daoism Takes a thematic, comparative and practical approach; each chapter explores a series of key themes including birth, death, ethics, and worship across all six religions at each time Broadens students' understanding by offering an impartial discussion of the similarities and differences between each religion Includes an increased range of student-friendly features, designed to allow students to engage with each religion and extend their understanding

Exploring New Religions Book

Exploring New Religions


  • Author : George D. Chryssides
  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • Release Date : 1999-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 405
  • ISBN 10 : 0304336521

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Chryssides provides important analysis of the 'killer cults' -- the Jonestown Peoples Temple, Waco, the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate -- and examines the factors that made their followers willing to die for their cause. Older groups like Jehovah's Witnesses and the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are discussed, and the author traces the development of a variety of strands of spirituality, ranging from New Thought to Transcendentalism and Theosophy. Subsequent chapters include: the Baha'i, The Family (formerly Children of God), the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON), the Jesus Army, the Rastafarians, the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the Unification Church ('the Moonies'). Some less well-known groups are also featured: est (Erhard Seminar Training), the New Kadampa Tradition, Brahma Kumaris, Sai Baba, Subud and the Western Buddhist Order. Also included is a study of the New Age phenomenon, and an account of responses to new religions, at religious, societal, and political levels. Book jacket.