Illustrated Guide to World Religions

ISBN-10: 019521997X

ISBN-13: 9780195219975

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Graced with rich illustrations and written by a team of eminent scholars, The Illustrated Guide to World Religions presents a wealth of information on faiths around the world. Each chapter in this volume examines one of seven major world religions--from Judaism to Christianity and from Islam to Buddhism--and contains information about its holidays and festivities, key historical and mythological figures, architectural styles, calendars, language, and important texts. Generously peppered throughout the book are small, succinct sidebars on such issues as the afterlife, the role of women, the importance of saints, and the quest for higher wisdom. We discover, for instance, that Pure Land Buddhism--found mainly in China, Japan, and Tibet--holds that meditation on a particular deity at the moment of death will help insure rebirth into that deity's celestial domain. In Judaism, on the other hand, the concept of an afterlife has never played a central role. Uniquely organized in a manner that encourages comparative analysis, the book's lavish full-color art, maps, and photographs all focus on faith in practice, in both elaborate ritual and everyday life. Religion continues to be a monumental force in a rapidly changing world. Whether tracing the origins of your own faith or attempting to satisfy a curiosity about religious practices an ocean away, The Illustrated Guide to World Religions will be a fascinating and indispensable guide to the complexity of the world's living religions.
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List price: $24.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Origins: A Faith in the Making
Historical Development: From Herod to Herzl
God the Ultimate
Messianism and Redemption
Sacred Texts: The Living Law
Sacred Persons: Lawgivers, Scholars, and Founders
Ethical Principles: The Way of Israel
Sacred Space: Sanctuaries for a Nation
Sacred Time: The Rhythm of Life
Society and Religion: Judaism in the Modern World
Origins: "In the Beginning"
Historical Development: Two Millennia of Faith
Revelation and Truth
A Mystic Union
Sacred Texts: The Christian Canon
Sacred Persons: Martyrs, Saints, and Angels
Ethical Principles: The Way of Christ
Sacred Space: The Lord's House
Sacred Time: Liturgy, Sacraments, and Festivals
Death and the Afterlife: The Dearly Departed
Society and Religion: Church, State, and Community
Origins: The Arabian Crucible
Historical Development: An Age of Empires
Aspects of the Divine: Approaches to God
Sacred Texts: The Word of God
The Prophet and Messenger
Imams and "Saints"
Ethical Principles: Sharia and the Law of Islam
Sacred Space: Mosques and Shrines
Sacred Time: Duties of Worship
Death and the Afterlife: The Return to God
Society and Religion: Issues and Disputes
Origins and Historical Development: Five Millennia of Tradition
Aspects of the Divine: Gods and Goddesses
Sacred Texts: Words of Devotion
Sacred Persons: Teachers and Leaders
Ethical Principles: Paths to Liberation
Sacred Space: A Land of Holiness
Sacred Time: Rejoicing in the Divine
Death and the Afterlife: Karma, Death, and Rebirth
Society and Religion: Division and Identity
Origins: The Life of the Buddha
Historical Development: Schools and Vehicles
Aspects of the Divine: Celestial Beings
Sacred Texts: Words of the Dharma
Sacred Persons: In the Master's Footsteps
Ethical Principles: The Path to Nirvana
Sacred Space: Places of Devotion
Sacred Time: Honoring the Way
Death and the Afterlife: The Cycle of Rebirth
Society and Religion: Roles and Relationships
Chinese Traditions
Origins and Historical Development: A Wealth of Traditions
Aspects of the Divine: The Celestial Empire
Sacred Texts: Words of the Sages
Sacred Persons: Saints and Heroes
Ethical Principles: In Quest of Concord
Sacred Space: A Hallowed Cosmos
Sacred Time: Seasons of Worship
Death and the Afterlife: The Immortal Body and Soul
Society and Religion: The State, the Family, and the Individual
Japanese Traditions
Origins and Historical Development: Faith and Coexistence
Aspects of the Divine: A World of Spirits
Sacred Texts: Chronicles and Holy Writings
Sacred Persons: Lights of Wisdom
Ethical Principles: Harmony and Enlightenment
Sacred Space: A Landscape of Sanctuaries
Sacred Time: Sharing in the Spirit
Death and the Afterlife: Heavens and Hell
Old Faiths in the Modern World
The "New Religions"
Picture Credits
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