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Living Religions

ISBN-10: 0205835856
ISBN-13: 9780205835850
Edition: 8th 2011
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Description: Living Religionspresents a highly readable and stimulating survey of the modern religious world though an emphasis on the personal consciousness of believers and their own accounts of their religion and relevance in contemporary life. "Religion is  More...

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List price: $142.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Living Religionspresents a highly readable and stimulating survey of the modern religious world though an emphasis on the personal consciousness of believers and their own accounts of their religion and relevance in contemporary life. "Religion is not a museum piece. Religion is a vibrant force in the lives of many people around the world, and many religions are presently experiencing a renaissance." - Mary Pat Fisher, Preface toLiving Religions Along with a team of specialist consultants in each faith, and drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, Mary Pat Fisher provides a fresh and challenging insight into the historical development and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions, and new religious movements. She considers how the contemporary beliefs and practices of each of these traditions have evolved, and explores the changing nature of each religion; particularly the role of women, and the issues and controversies such as fundamentalism, violence, globalization, and interfaith initiatives.

Brief Table of Contents
Religious Responses
Indigenous Sacred Ways
Hinduism
Jainism
Buddhism
Daoism and Confucianism
Shinto
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Sikhism
New Religious Movements
Religion in the Twenty-First Century
Glossary
Index
Timeline
Complete Table of Contents
Preface
Teaching and learning resources
MAP Religions of the World Today
Timeline
Religious Responses
Why are there religions?
Materialistic perspective: humans invented religion
Functional perspective: religion is useful
Belief perspective: Ultimate Reality exists
Understandings of Sacred Reality
EXCLUSIVISM VS. UNIVERSALISM A letter from I. H. Azad Faruqi
Ritual, symbol, and myth
TEACHING STORY Descendants of the Eagle
Absolutist and liberal interpretations
BOX Angels Weep
The encounter between science and religion
RELIGION IN PRACTICE When Science Approaches Religion
Women in religions
Negative aspects of organized religions
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Indigenous Sacred Ways
Understanding indigenous sacred ways
MAP Distribution of Indigenous Groups
Cultural diversity
The circle of right relationships
Relationships with spirit
YORUBA TEACHING STORY Osun and the Power of Woman
Kinship with all creation
Relationships with power
Spiritual specialists
Storytellers and other sacred roles
Mystical intermediaries
LIVING INDIGENOUS SACRED WAYS An Interview with Nadezhda Ananyevna Stepanova
Group observances
RELIGION IN PRACTICE the Sun Dance Way of Self-Sacrifice
Individual observances
Contemporary issues
RELIGION IN PRACTICE the Orang Asli of Malaysia: Traditions being Lost
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Winona LaDuke
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Hinduism
Philosophical and metaphysical origins
The Indus Valley Civilization
MAP the Indian Subcontinent
TIMELINE Hinduism
The Vedas
Major philosophical systems
Samkhya
Advaita Vedanta
Yoga
Religious foundations and theistic paths
Shaktas
Shaivites
Vaishnavites
The epics and Puranas
TEACHING STORY Hanuman, the Monkey Chief
The Hindu way of life
Rituals
Castes, duties, and life goals
Life stages
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Sacred Thread Ceremony
The guru
Women's duties
Fasts, prayers, and auspicious designs
Reverence of trees and rivers
LIVING HINDUISM An Interview with Somjit Dasgupta
Pilgrimages
Festivals
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Holi
Hinduism in the modern world
Modern movements
Global Hinduism
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Dharmic Principles: The Swadhyaya Movement
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Dr. Karan Singh
Hindu identity
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Jainism
The Tirthankaras and ascetic orders
Freeing the soul: the ethical pillars
Karma
TEACHING STORY the Story of Bahubali
Ahimsa
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Jain Purification
Aparigraha
Anekantwad
Spiritual practices
Festivals and pilgrimages
LIVING JAINISM An Interview with M. P. Jain
World Jainism
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Buddhism
The life and legend of the Buddha
TIMELINE Buddhism
The Dharma
The Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path to liberation
The wheel of birth and death
TEACHING STORY the Great Ape Jataka Tale
Nirvana
Branches of Buddhism
MAP the Spread of Buddhism
Theravada: the path of mindfulness
Mahayana: the path of compassion and wisdom
MAP Distribution of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
Chan and Zen: the great way of enlightenment
CHART Major Branches of Buddhism
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Zen Oxherding Pictures
Pure Land: devotion to Amitabha Buddha
Nichiren: salvation through the Lotus Sutra
Vajrayana: the indestructible path
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Festivals
Buddhism in the West
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Life in a Western Zen Monastery
LIVING BUDDHISM An Interview with Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Socially engaged Buddhism
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Daoism and Confucianism
Ancient traditions
Worship and divination
MAP Historic Sites of Daoism and Confucianism
Cosmic balance
TIMELINE Daoism and Confucianism
Daoism the way of nature and immortality
Teaching of Daoist sages
TEACHING STORY Three in the Morning
Popular religion and organized Daoism
Inner alchemy
Daoist sects
RELIGION IN PRACTICE the Lantern Festival
Daoism today
Confucianism the practice of virtue
Master Kong's life
The Confucian virtues
Divergent followers of Confucius
The state cult
Neo-Confucianism
Confucianism under communism
LIVING CONFUCIANISM An Interview with Ann-ping Chin
Confucianism in East Asia
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Shinto
The roots of "Shinto"
Kinship with nature
Honoring the kami
Shrines
MAP Major Shinto Shrines
TEACHING STORY Amaterasu comes out of the cave
Ceremonies and festivals
Purification
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Purification by Waterfall
Buddhist and Confucian influences
State Shinto
"Sect Shinto"
Shinto today
LIVING SHINTO An Interview with Hitoshi Iwasaki
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Zoroastrianism
Judaism
A history of the Jewish people
TIMELINE Judaism
Biblical stories
MAP the Early Israelites
TEACHING STORY Abraham's Willingness to Sacrifice Isaac
BOX the Ten Commandments
Return to Jerusalem
Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism in the Middle Ages
Kabbalah and Hasidism
Judaism and modernity
The Holocaust
MAP Jewish Populations and the Holocaust
Zionism and contemporary Israel
Torah
The one God
Love for God
The sacredness of human life
Law
LIVING JUDAISM An Interview with Eli Epstein
Suffering and faith
Sacred practices
Holy days
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Passover Innovations
Contemporary Judaism
Major branches today
CHART Major Branches of Judaism Today
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Rabbi David Saperstein
Jewish feminism
Jewish renewal
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Christianity
Historical evidence
Evidence of the Bible
The life and teachings of Jesus
Birth
Preparation
Ministry
MAP Jesus' Ministry
LIVING CHRISTIANITY An Interview with David Vandiver
TEACHING STORY the Good Samaritan
Challenges to the authorities
TIMELINE Christianity
Crucifixion
Resurrection and Ascension
BOX Books of the New Testament
The early Church
From persecution to empire
MAP St. Paul's Missionary Journeys
Evolving organization and theology
Early monasticism
Church administration
MAP Distribution of Christians Today
East���West division
Social chaos and the papacy
Intellectual revival and monasticism
Medieval mysticism
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Russian Orthodox Kenoticism
The Protestant Reformation
CHART Major Divisions of Christianity Today
The Roman Catholic Reformation
Liberal trends
The Second Vatican Council
The Orthodox world today
BOX Eastern Orthodox Church
The Russian Orthodox Church
Distinctive features of Orthodox spirituality
Central beliefs in contemporary Christianity
Sacred practices
Worship services and sacraments
The liturgical year
Contemplative prayer
Devotion to Mary
Veneration of saints and angels
Contemporary trends
Evangelicalism
Spirit-oriented movements
The great reversal
Liberation theology
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Feminist theology
Creation-centered Christianity
Ecumenical movement
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Islam
Pre-Islamic Arabia
TIMELINE Islam
The Prophet Muhammad
The Qur'an
The central teachings
The Oneness of God and of humanity
Prophethood and the compass of Islam
Human relationship to the divine
The unseen life
The Last Judgment
The Five Pillars
Belief and witness
Daily prayers
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Salaat
Zakat
Fasting
Hajj
LIVING ISLAM An Interview with Dr. Syed M. Hussain
Sunni and Shi'a
Sunnis
Shi'a
Sufism
The spread of Islam
MAP the spread of Islam
TEACHING STORY Transformation by Islam
Islamic culture
Eastward expansion
Relationships with the West
Islam in the West
Muslim resurgence
Tradition and modern life
Outreach and education
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Shirin Ebadi
Islam in politics
Islam for the future
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Sikhism
The sant tradition
Guru Nanak
TIMELINE Sikhism
The succession of Gurus
TEACHING STORY Guru Arjun Dev's Devotion
Central beliefs
LIVING SIKHISM An Interview with Inderpreet Kaur
Sacred practices
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE His Holiness Baba Virsa Singh
Sikhism today
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Amrit Ceremony on Baisakhi
MAP the Punjab
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
New Religious Movements
Social context of new religious movements
Charismatic leadership
Unification Movement
Sathya Sai Baba
Offshoots of older religions
Mormon Church
Jehovah's Witnesses
Radhasoami
LIVING TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION An Interview with Wolfgang Hecker
Combinations of older religions
Caodaism
African-inspired syncretic religions
Theosophical Society
Baha'i
RELIGION IN PRACTICE the Baha'i Model for
Governance of the World
Social trends
Ethnic identity: Rastafari
Nature spirituality
New Age spirituality
Opposition to new religious movements
Will new religious movements last?
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Religion in the Twenty-First Century
Globalization
Secularism
Religious pluralism
Hardening of religious boundaries
Religion after 11 September
Religion in politics
RELIGION IN PRACTICE Excerpts from Obama's Historic Cairo Speech
Interfaith movement
Responses to other faiths
Interfaith initiatives
Religion and social issues
RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE Jimmy Carter
Religion and materialism
Religion and the future of humanity
Suggested reading
Key terms
Review questions
Discussion questions
MyReligionLab
Notes
Glossary
Index
Credits

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