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World Religions

ISBN-10: 0495007099
ISBN-13: 9780495007098
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Warren Matthews
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Book details

List price: $219.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Presenting both the histories and the prevalent worldviews of the major world religions, Matthews' WORLD RELIGIONS methodically introduces students to the richness and diversity of these traditions. The "Worldview" sections in particular make this textbook the most helpful textbook when it comes to comparative analyses of the religions. In these sections students can see how the different religions understand a common set of ten themes that are fundamental to all traditions, including the nature of the Absolute, the place of humans in the world, rituals and symbols, and the prospects for life after death. Furthermore, this text combines insightful, engaging prose with maps, photographs, timelines, excerpts from sacred texts, and other helpful pedagogical aids, to employ a scholarly approach that neither shields students from current research nor encumbers them with it. Students are encouraged, individually and collectively, to pursue their own dialogues with the voices and nuances of these religions.

Warren Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he previously served as department chair and as dean of Student Affairs and vice president. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion. WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth Edition, has developed from his frequent conversations with members of diverse religions in classrooms, campuses, communities, and international travels as well as from his scholarly work.

Introduction
Religions of Tribes and City-States
Religions of the Americas
Religions of Africa
Religions Arising in India
Hinduism
Buddhism
Jainism and Sikhism
Religions Of China and Japan
China and Japan
Religions That Influenced East And West
Ancient Religions of Iraq and Iran
Religions Of The Family Of Abraham
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
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