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Description: Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook written by one of the field’s most eminent figures, which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world. Drawing on a wide range of religious traditions, and combining comprehensive coverage, expert guidance, and historical depth and breadth, this is an inspiring introduction to comparative religion Explores religion in a thematic way, highlighting similarities and differences across the world’s major faiths, and offering us a much more nuanced view of what religion is, and how it works Accessibly structured into sections exploring the history of comparative practices, classic comparative themes, and methods of analysis Engages students through a series of provocative examples and questions, on topics including myth and ritual, nature, food, the body and sex, religious specialists and institutions, death and the nature of the soul, and the end of the world Incorporates numerous illustrations and student-friendly features, including chronologies and key terms, and is supported by additional online resources available on publication at www.wiley.com/go/kripal, including images, study questions, interviews, and links to sites of interest Explores possible scenarios for the future of studying religions comparatively, including those influenced by new research within neuroscience and cognitive psychology