Sacred Paths of the West

ISBN-10: 013153906X
ISBN-13: 9780131539068
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
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List price: $106.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/16/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

This book combines study of the dynamic historical development of each religious tradition with a comparative thematic structure. In this way, the book helps readers to explore each of the major religions as a unique and integral system of meaning and life. At the same time, readers are encouraged to discover and explore the nature of religious experience by comparing basic themes and issues common to all religions. Covering the religions arising from the Mediterranean world, this book introduces the key dimensions of religious experience, outlining the basic human concerns that give rise to religious experience, such as origin and identity, ultimate reality, human nature, and the good life. For anyone interested in exploring the origins and development of the diverse religions of the world.

Preface to the Third Edition
Exploring the Sacred Paths
Perspectives on the Religious Path
Studying Religious Experience
Some Dimensions of Religious Experience
Basic Human Concerns and Religious Responses
Sacred Story and Historical Context
Worlds of Meaning: Theoretical Teachings
Ritual Practices and the Good Life
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Exploring the Sacred Paths
Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure
Story of Humankind Before History
Religions of the Great Ancient Civilizations
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure
Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples
Identity Through Sacred Stories
Recounting the Tribal Sacred History
Identifying with the Culture Heroes
Map: The Americas and the Pacific
Worlds of Meaning of Indigenous Peoples
Sacred Reality in Sky and Earth
Map: African Peoples
The World and Human Existence
Paths of Healing and Transformation
Ritual Activity and the Good Life
Sacred Time, Ritual, and Art
Society and the Good Life
Modern Transformations of Indigenous Societies
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples
Religions Arising in the Mediterranean World
Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece
Ancient Egyptian Religion
Cosmic Harmony and Human Existence
Ritual and Ethical Life
MAP: Ancient Civilizations
Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia
Cosmic State and Human Service
Ritual and Ethical Life
Religion in Ancient Greece
Worlds of Meaning in Ancient Greece
Ritual Activities and the Good Life
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece
The Zoroastrian Tradition
Sacred Story and Historical Context
Zarathustra's Life and Teachings
Development of the Zoroastrian Tradition
Zoroastrian Worlds of Meaning
Supreme God and Lesser Divine Powers
Creation and Human History
The Path of Human Transformation
Ritual and the Good Life for Zoroastrians
Prayer, Rituals, and Art
Community and Ethical Ideals
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Zoroastrianism
Jewish Sacred Story and Historical Context
Foundations of the Jewish Story
Beginnings: Israel, People of the Covenant
The Promised Land and the Kingdom
MAP: Ancient Israe
Decline of the Kingdom: The Prophets
The Founding of Judaism
Further Transformations of Judaism
Jewish Life and Thought in Islamic Contexts
Tragedy and Response in Christian Medieval Europe
Emancipation and the Modern Age
Continuing Struggles and Hopes
Discussion Questions
Jewish Worlds of Meaning
One God as Creator, Revealer, and Redeemer
The Development of Monotheism
Jewish Vision of the One God
The World and Human Existence
Creation and Preservation of the World
The Shadow of Sin
Following the Path of Torah
God as Redeemer
The Human Movement of Repentance
On the Path of Transformation
Universal Blessing, Now and Hereafter
Discussion Questions
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Jews
Jewish Rituals and Worship
Sabbaths for Rest, Festivals for Rejoicing
Mitzvot of Ritual and Worship
Healing and Medicine Among Jews
Artistic Expression in Jewish Religious Life
The Life of Torah: Jewish Community and Ethics
The Jewish People
The Life of Halakhah
The Missions of Peoplehood
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Judaism
Christian Sacred Story and Historical Context
Foundations of the Christian Story
Jewish Roots of the Christian Way
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Crucifixion and Resurrection
Beginnings of the Christian Church
Further Transformations of the Christian Way
The Early Christian Church in the Roman World
MAP: THe Mediterranean World
Medieval Christianity: The Age of Faith
Renaissance and Reformation
Struggles with Modernity
Christians in the World Today
Discussion Questions
Christian Worlds of Meaning
Loving Parent and Triune God
Seeing God's Face in Christ
One God, Three Persons: The Trinity
Creation and Human Existence
The Nature of Creation
Sin and Separation from God
The Path: Salvation by Grace
Saved by Jesus Christ
The Way of Faith
The Life of the World to Come
Discussion Questions
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Christians
Christian Worship and Ritual
Breaking Bread and Praising God
Festivals and Holy Days
Worship in Daily Life
Healing and Medicine Among Christians
Art in Christian Worship and Ritual
The Life of Love: Society and Ethics
The Society of the Church
Sanctification of Life in Ethics
Responsibility and Mission in the World
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Christianity
Muslim Sacred Story and Historical Context
The Story of the Prophet and the Book
The Times Before Muhammad
Muhammad as the Final Prophet
Establishing the Ummah in Medina
A Religion for All Peoples: Expansion of Islam
The Islamic Ummah in History
The Classical Period of Islam
MAP: The Spread of Islam
Medieval Empires: Stability and Flourishing Muslim Culture
Reform Movements and the Modern World
MAP: The Contemporary Middle East and Surrounding Countries
Muslims in the World Today
Discussion Questions
Muslim Worlds of Meaning
Allah, Lord of the Worlds
Life Centered in One God
God in the World
Nature of the World and Humans
The World as God's Creation
Negligence and Unbelief
Guidance on the Straight Path
Islam as a Path of Knowledge
Blessings Now and in the Life Hereafter
Discussion Questions
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Muslims
Ritual Worship and Sacred Times
The Five Pillars
Other Festivals and Rituals
Muslim Views of Healing and Medicine
Art in Islamic Worship and Life
The Life of Shari'ah: Society and Ethics
Social Structure of Islam
The Way of Shari'ah
Transformation of Human Society
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: Islam
Ongoing Explorations on the Sacred Paths
New Religious Movements
Spiritual Searching and Alternative Sacred Paths
Rise of New Sectarian Movements
Attraction to Alternative Paths in the West
Nontraditional New Religious Movements
New Sacred Paths: Nineteenth-Century Roots
New Spiritual Movements of the Twentieth Century
Discussion Questions
Key Terms: New Religious Movements
Guideposts and Crossings on the Paths
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading

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