Ways to the Center An Introduction to World Religions

ISBN-10: 0534521207

ISBN-13: 9780534521202

Edition: 6th 2006

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Description: Striving to be the most student-friendly textbook in this field, Carmody's WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, 6th Edition weaves together rich historical, cultural, and theological detail into structural and philosophical sections that analyze each of the world's major religions in terms of its views on nature, society, self, and ultimate reality. The readily accessible text is designed for today's students and places a premium [on] the development of critical thinking. Combining both historical and systematic analyses, the book takes as its focus the theme of personal centeredness?a primary goal of each featured religion.

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Book details

List price: $130.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Preface
What is Religion? Definition of Religion
Religion Versus Science? Religion Versus Other Values
Components of Religion
God or Gods? Religion Versus Government
Sacred Writings
Religious Roles
Scholarly Approaches
Tribal Religions
Earliest Religion
Common Themes in Tribal Religion
The Sacred
The Profane
Animism
Taboo
Rites of Passage
Sacrifice
Magic
Exorcism
Healing
Divination
Creation Myths
Tricksters
Totems
The High God
Afterlife and Ancestors
Megaliths
The Shaman
Australian Aborigines
Inuits (Eskimos)
Native Americans
Africans
Southeast Asians and Melanesians
Polynesians
Ainu
Teutons
Celts
Religions of Ancient Civilizations
Religious Themes
Mesopotamia
Case Study: Enuma Elish
Case Study: Gilgamesh
Egypt
Iran
New World Civilization
Hinduism
History
Pre-Vedic India
Vedic India
Case Study: The Isa Upanishad
The Period of Native Challenge
The Period of Reform and Elaboration
Case Study: Stories from the Mahabharata
The Period of Foreign Challenge
Contemporary Hinduism: Popular Religion
Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Case Study: The Hindu Child
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Hindu Center
Judaism
History
The Biblical Period
Case Study: Jeremiah
Rabbinic Judaism
The Medieval Period
The Modern Period
Case Study: Hasidic Tales
Worldview
Nature
Society
Case Study: Jewish Rituals
Self
Ultimate Reality
Case Study: Jewish Prayer
Summary: The Jewish Center
China And Japan
The History of China
Preaxial Chinese Religion
The Six Schools
Case Study: The Cult of Confucius
The Communist Era
The Chinese Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Chinese Center
The History of Japan
The Ancient-Formative Period
Japan's Modern-Reformative Period
The Japanese Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Japanese Center
Greek And Hellenistic Religion
History
The Earliest Religion
The Olympian Pantheon
Oracles and Divination
The Older Mystery Cults
Philosophy
The Hellenistic Mystery Cults
Worldview
Nature and Ultimate Reality
Society
Women
Self
Summary: The Greek and Hellenistic Center
Buddhism
History
Overview
The Buddha
The Dharma (Buddhist Doctrine)
Early Buddhism
Case Study: Theravada
Mahayana
Case Study: The Diamond Sutra
Tantrism
The Demise of Indian Buddhism
Buddhism in China
Buddhism in Japan
Contemporary Buddhist Rituals
Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
Case Study: Nagarjuna
Summary: The Buddhist Center
Christianity
History
Jesus
Case Study: Jesus' Parables
The Early Centuries
The Conciliar Age
Eastern Orthodox Churches
The Medieval Period
The Period of Reform
Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Christian Center
Islam
History
Muhammad
Qur'anic Religion
The Age of Conquest
Case Study: Mary
The Golden Civilization
Case Study: Architecture and Poetry
The Period of Division
Late Empire and Modernity
Case Study: Lessons from Recent Iran
Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Case Study: Islamic Rituals
Case Study: Muslim Saints
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Muslim Center
Modern Times
Enlightenment
Demythologization
Modern Science
Liberalism
The U.S
Situation
Marxism
Existentialism
Worldview
Nature and Divinity in Humanistic Perspective
Society and Self in Humanistic Perspective
Summary: The Humanistic Center
Responses to Secularism
The Great Awakening and the Great Revival
Pentecostalism
Christian Science
Apocalypticism
Jehovah's Witnesses
Seventh Day Adventists
Communistic Societies
Mormonism
Evangelicalism
Ecumenism
Cao Dai, Santeria, Cults
International terrorism, Unity and Diversity
Annotated Bibliography
Glossary
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