Christianity and World Religions An Introduction to the World's Major Faiths

ISBN-10: 1596384468

ISBN-13: 9781596384460

Edition: 2012

Authors: Derek Cooper
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Description: Derek Cooper examines the rival worldviews found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, Judaism, Islam, and irreligion. He engages these worldviews from a Christian perspective, first by showing how the biblical authors engaged other religions and then by surveying the way Christian theologians have done so. Each chapter contains six parts: (i) a creation story, (ii) the religion's historical origin, (iii) its beliefs, (iv) religious writings, (v) worship practices, (vi) as well as Christian reflections on the religion. For those who would like to read more, the appendix includes lists of helpful primary and secondary books.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Reflecting on the Biblical Message Today
Closer to Home
The Six Rival Stories of the World
Hinduism: The Story of Diversity and Devotion
The Beginning
Historical Origin
First Hindu Layer: Indus Civilization
Second Hindu Layer: Vedic Period
Third Hindu Layer: Philosophical Tradition
Fourth Hindu Layer: Devotional Hinduism
Religious Writings
Beliefs
Nine Beliefs of Hinduism
Worship Practices
The Different Types of Yoga as Illustrated in the Bhagavad Gita
Point of Contact
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Buddhism: The Story of Enlightenment
The Beginning
Historical Origin
Beliefs
Two Main Traditions: Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
Important Buddhist Teachings
Religious Writings
Scriptures of Theravada Buddhism
Scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism
Worship Practices
Point of Contact
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Confucianism and Daoism: The Stories of Order and Nature
The Beginning
Confucianism
Daoism
Historical Origin
Pre-Origins
Early Period
Medieval Period
Modern Period
Contemporary Period
Beliefs
Confucianism
Daoism
Religious Writings
Confucian Texts
Daoist Texts
Worship Practices
Confucianism
Daoism
Point of Contact
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Judaism: The Story of Tradition and Identity
The Beginning
Historical Origin
Origins and Kingdom
Dispersion
Contemporary
Religious Writings
The Bible
The Talmud
Other Jewish Writings
Beliefs
Religious Denominations
Reform Judaism
Orthodox Judaism
Conservative Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism
The Unifying Factor
Worship Practices
Point of Contact
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Islam: The Story of Submission
The Beginning
Historical Origin
Early Origins
Rightly Guided Caliphate
Dynastic Period
Modern Islam
Religious Writings
The Qur'an
The Hadith and Sunna
Beliefs
Worship Practices
Point of Contact
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Christian Responses to These Stories
Biblical Responses to Other Religions
The Old Testament and Other "Gods"
Other "Gods" in the Rest of the Old Testament
"Gods" as Real Beings?
"Gods" as Mere Idols?
The New Testament and Other Religions
Paul and Other Religions
Humankind's Inclination to Fabricate Religion
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Theological Responses to Other Religions
Inclusivism
Exclusivism
Pluralism
Universalism
Particularism
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Readings
Conclusion
The Rival Stories of the World
Acts 17 and Engaging Other Religions
The Real Mission Field
Discussion Questions
Projects, Essays, and Worldview Questions
Online Links to Religious Writings
A Guide to Visiting Non-Christian Worship Spaces
Glossary
Credits
Index of Subjects and Names
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