Exploring the Religions of Our World

Exploring the Religions of Our World
Author: Nancy Clemmons
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-03-01
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 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.

Understanding World Religions

Understanding World Religions
Author: Irving Hexham
Publsiher: Zondervan Academic
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2011-03-22
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780310314486

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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 World Religions

Exploring World Religions
Author: Sean Dolan
Publsiher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2002
Genre: Religions
ISBN: 0195417070

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

The Everything World s Religions Book

The Everything World s Religions Book
Author: Kenneth Shouler
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-03-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781440500367

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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.

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions
Author: Duncan S. Ferguson
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2010-06-25
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781441160546

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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.

The Kids Book of World Religions

The Kids Book of World Religions
Author: Jennifer Glossop,John Mantha
Publsiher: Kids Can Press Ltd
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781554539819

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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.

Making Sense of the Sacred

Making Sense of the Sacred
Author: James L. Rowell
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2021-05-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 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.

Who Believes What

Who Believes What
Author: Anna Wills
Publsiher: Owlkids
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2018-09-14
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1771473339

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

World Religions in Practice

World Religions in Practice
Author: Paul Gwynne
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-05-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 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

Religion Matters

Religion Matters
Author: Prothero, Stephen
Publsiher: W.W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2020-07-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780393422047

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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.

Altruism in World Religions

Altruism in World Religions
Author: Jacob Neusner,Bruce Chilton
Publsiher: Georgetown University Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2005-11-08
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 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.

World Religions in Dialogue

World Religions in Dialogue
Author: Pim Valkenberg
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2017-01-01
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1599827999

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In our pluralistic world, it's not sufficient to simply learn about other religions: we must learn from them. World Religions in Dialogue: A Comparative Theological Approach, Enhanced Edition, provides an opportunity to do just that. Exploring the five major world religions--Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism--this text offers both insider and outsider perspectives on each religious tradition, creating a dialogical approach that combines scholarship with lived experience. Equipped with glossaries, research questions, and suggestions for experiential learning, World Religions in Dialogue invites students to study world religions--and investigate their own inherited traditions--in a way that reflects our pluralistic world. Pim Valkenberg is an ordinary professor of religion and culture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

12 Major World Religions

12 Major World Religions
Author: Jason Boyett
Publsiher: Zephyros Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2016-08-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1623156920

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For billions of people, having a religious belief system provides purpose in life. For some, religion serves as a guide for moral behavior. Today's world is one in which our understanding of world religions is both understatedly important, as well as increasingly complex. After many years exploring the foundations of various world religions, Jason Boyett has written this comprehensive, easy-to-understand exploration of the twelve major world religions through a meticulous, yet unbiased lens. 12 Major World Religions offers an impartial look at where each of these belief systems intersects, how they differ, and why some have been―or are currently―misunderstood.

Encountering World Religions

Encountering World Religions
Author: Irving Hexham
Publsiher: Zondervan Academic
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-05-21
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780310588610

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The diversity of the world's religions has come to the West, but believers are often ill-equipped for any kind of serious engagement with non-Christians. In Encountering World Religions, professor and author Irving Hexham introduces all the world's major religious traditions in a brief and understandable way. Hexham outlines key beliefs and practices in each religion, while also providing guidance on how to think critically about them from the standpoint of Christian theology. African, yogic, and Abrahamic traditions are all covered. Accessible and clear, Encountering World Religions will provide formal and lay students alike with a useful Christian introduction to the major faiths of our world.

The World s Religions The Religions of Asia

The World s Religions  The Religions of Asia
Author: Friedhelm Hardy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2005-08-18
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9781134931873

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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.