World Religions Today

ISBN-10: 0195365631
ISBN-13: 9780195365634
Edition: 3rd 2009
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List price: $87.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

Revealing the significance of religion in contemporary life, World Religions Today, Third Edition, explores eight major religious traditions--Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions, and new religions--as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. This unique volume accomplishes two goals; it connects today's religions to their classical beliefs and practices while also focusing on how these religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world. The authors combine thorough coverage of the historical background of each religion with up-to-the-minute discussions of its current practices. Each discussion opens with a contemporary scenario of religious experience that illustrates the tension between premodern views and modernity. The volume is enhanced by numerous pedagogical aids--timelines, maps, illustrations, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary of key terms--and more than 200 photographs. An Instructor's Manual and a Companion Website featuring resources for both students and instructors supplement the text. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION * Vivid four-color interior design that brings the material to life * Updates that cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the globe * "Tales of Spiritual Transformation" boxes that relate the stories of people whose lives have been changed by religious faith * "Teachings of Spiritual Wisdom" boxes that introduce primary source material Ideal for undergraduate courses in world religions and comparative religion, World Religions Today, Third Edition, emphasizes the interconnectedness of faith, culture, politics, and society, providing a peerless examination of the diverse ways in which contemporary human beings are religious. World Religions Todayis also available as two separate volumes: Religious of Asia Today (978-0-19-537360-8) and Religions of the West Today (978-0-19-537361-5).

Preface
Introduction
Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Expressions
The Great Transition: From Tribal Life to Urban Life and the Emergence of World Religions
The Great Religious Stories of the World
Modernization in Global Perspective
Modern Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation
Indigenous Religions
Overview
Origins of Homo Religiosus: Prehistory
Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife
Indigenous Religions Today
Conclusion
The Many Stories of Judaism: Sacred and Secular
Overview
Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy
Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era
Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era
Judaism and Modernity
Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion
Christian Diversity and the Road to Modernity
Overview
Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy
Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era
Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era
Christianity and Modernity
Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion
Islam: The Many Faces of the Muslim Experience
Overview
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism
Premodern Islam: The Formative Era
Premodern Islam: The Classical Era
Islam and Modernity
Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Islam: Postmodern Challenges
Conclusion
Hinduism
Overview
Encountering Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 BCE-900 CE)
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 CE-1500 CE)
Hinduism and Modernity
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Hindu Festival Practice
The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduism
Conclusion
Buddhism: Ways to Nirvana
Overview
Encounter with Modernity: Socially Engaged Buddhism
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era
The Core Doctrines
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion
East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmony
Overview
Encounter with Modernity: Postcolonial Confucian Economics
East Asian Religions in the Premodern Era
East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Era
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion
Globalization: From New to New Age Religions
Overview
New Religions
New Age Religions
East Goes West: Transcendental Meditation
West Goes East: The Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon and the Aum Shinrikyo Movement
Religious Postmodernism and Global Ethics
The Challenge of Postmodern Secular Relativism
The Future of Religion in an Age of Globalization
Glossary
Art Credits
Index

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