World Religions A Historical Approach

ISBN-10: 0312442378
ISBN-13: 9780312442378
Edition: 4th 2008
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Description: In this text, each major religious tradition's basic belief patterns, its history and development, and its contemporary conditions are considered.

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List price: $59.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 7/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

In this text, each major religious tradition's basic belief patterns, its history and development, and its contemporary conditions are considered.

Preface
Maps and Time Lines
About the Author
World Religions: A Chronology
Study of World Religions
Proper Point of View
Definitions of Religion
Critical Studies of Religion
Classification of Religions
Approach of This Text
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Religions of the Past
Prehistoric Religion
Early Human Life
Archeological Discoveries
Works of Art
Tombs and Monuments
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Egyptian Religion
Egyptian Civilization
Basic Beliefs
Important Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Mesopotamian Religion
Mesopotamian Civilization
Basic Beliefs
Important Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Greek Religion
Greek Civilization
Basic Beliefs
Philosophers
Dramatists
Popular Religion
Mystery Religions
Mythology
Festivals
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Roman Religion
Roman Civilization
Basic Beliefs
Greek Accretions
Middle Eastern Mystery Cults
Important Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Mayan and Aztec Religions
Mayan Civilization
Sources of Mayan Information
Mayan Beliefs and Practices
Aztec Civilization
Sources of Aztec Information
Aztec Beliefs and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Religions of Oral People
African Religions
Archeological Discoveries
Traditional Religions
Dinka Religion
Yoruba Religion
Basic Common Beliefs
Important Practices
Transformation of Traditions
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
American Indian Religions
Origins of American Indians
Sources of Information
Basic Common Beliefs
Important Practices
Transformation of Traditions
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Religions of India
Hinduism
Archeological Discoveries
Hindu Characteristics
Hindu Social Structure
Hindu Sacred Texts
Hindu Teachings
Developments in Hinduism
Hindu Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Buddhism
Buddhist Characteristics
The Buddha
Buddhist Groups
Buddhist Sacred Texts
Buddhist Teachings
Buddhist Observances and Practices
Buddhist Worldwide Expansion
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Jainism
Origins of Jainism
Mahavira
Jain Groups
Jain Sacred Texts
Jain Teachings
Jain Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Sikhism
Origins of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
Succession of Sikh Gurus
Sikh Groups
Sikh Sacred Text
Sikh Teachings
Sikh Observances and Practices
Modern Sikhism
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Religions of the Far East
Taoism and Confucianism
Archeological Discoveries
Chinese Characteristics
Basic Early Beliefs
Chinese Sacred Texts
Period of Intellectual Activity
Taoism (Daoism)
Lao Tzu (Laozi)
Taoist Groups
Taoist Sacred Texts
Taoist Teachings
Confucianism
Confucius
Confucian Sacred Texts
Confucian Teachings
Spread of Confucianism
Proscription of Religions
Chinese Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Shinto
Shinto Characteristics
Shinto Sacred Texts
Shinto Mythology
Shinto Teachings
Syncretistic Character of Shinto
Shinto As National Religion
Shinto Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Religions of the Middle East
Zoroastrianism
Zoroaster
Zoroastrian Sacred Texts
Zoroastrian Teachings
Zoroastrian Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Judaism
Characteristics of Judaism
Abraham
Moses
Judaism through the Centuries
Jewish Groups
Jewish Scripture
The Talmud and the Midrash
Judaic Teachings
Jewish Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Christianity
Christian Origins
Jesus Christ
Christian Scriptures
Christian Teachings
Christian Groups
History of Early Christianity
Christianity in the Middle Ages
Recent Developments in Christianity
Christian Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Islam
Origins of Islam
Muhammad, Messenger of God
Islam through the Ages
Muslim Groups
Muslim Scripture
The Hadith (Tradition)
Muslim Teachings
Muslim Religious Duties
Muslim Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Baha'i
Baha'i Origins
Baha'i Sacred Texts
Baha'i Teachings
Baha'i Observances and Practices
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Modern Alternative Religions
New Syncretistic Groups
Global Awareness
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church)
Jehovah's Witnesses
Christian Science
Theosophy Society
Self-Realization Fellowship
Soka Gakkai International
Subud
Church of Scientology
Unification Church (Moonies)
Transcendental Meditation (TM)
Church of All Worlds
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
The Healthy-Happy-Holy Organization (3HO) 498
Falun Gong (Falun Dafa)
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Religions: A Comparison
Role of Religion
Traditional Faiths Questioned
Unity or Diversity?
Comparison of Paths
Comparison of Goals
East-West Comparison
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Notes
Glossary
Index

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