Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions

ISBN-10: 1133942253
ISBN-13: 9781133942252
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $92.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Striving to be the most student-friendly textbook in this field, WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, Seventh 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.

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 (Eskimo)
Native Americans
Africans
Southeast Asians and Melanesians
Polynesians
Ainu
Teutons
Celts
Religions of Ancient Civilizations
Religious Themes
Mesopotamia
Egypt
Case Study: Enuma Elish
Case Study: Gilgamesh
Iran
New World Civilizations
Hinduism
History
Pre-Vedic India
Vedic India
Case Study: The tea Upanishad
The Period of Native Challenge: Materialism and Jainism
The Period of Reform and Elaboration
Case Study: Stories from the Mahabharata
The Period of Foreign Challenge
Contemporary Hinduism: Popular Religion
Worldview
Nature
Society
Women's Status
Self
Case Study: The Hindu Child
Ultimate Reality
Judaism
History
The Biblical Period
Case Study: Jeremiah
Rabbinic Judaism
The Medieval Period
The Modern Period
Dissolution of Traditional Judaism
Case Study: Hasidic Tales
Worldview
Nature
Society
Case Study: Jewish Rituals
Self
Case Study: Jewish Prayer
Ultimate Reality
Summary: The Jewish Center
China and Japan
History of China
Pre-Axial Chinese Religion
The Six Schools
Case Study: The Cult of Confucius
Later Confucianism
Communist Era
The Chinese Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
The History of Japan
The Ancient-Formative Period
Japan's Modern-Reformative Period
Japanese Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
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
Buddhism
History
Overview
The Buddha
The Dharma (Buddhist Doctrine)
Dependent Co-arising and the Eightfold Path
Early Buddhism
Case Study: Theravada
Tantrism
The Demise of Indian Buddhism
Buddhism in China
Buddhism in Japan
Case Study: The Diamond Sutra
Contemporary Buddhist Rituals
Worldview
Nature
Society
Case Study: Nagarjuna
Self
Ultimate Reality
Christianity
History
Jesus
Case Study: Jesus's Parables
The Early Centuries
The Conciliar Age
Relics and Saints
Eastern Orthodox Churches
The Medieval Period
The Period of Reform
Worldview
Nature
Society
Self
Ultimate Reality
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
The Period of Division
Late Empire and Modernity
Case Study: Lessons from Iran
World View
Nature 335
Society
Self
Case Study: Islamic Rituals
Ultimate Reality
Case Study: Muslim Saints
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
Responses to Secularism
The Great Awakening and the Great Revival
Pentecostalism
Christian Science
Apocalypticism
Jehovah's Witnesses
Seventh-Day Adventists
Communitarian Societies
Mormonism
Evangelicalism
Ecumenism
Cults
Unity and Diversity
Annotated Bibliography
Index and Glossary

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