Chinese Religious Traditions

Chinese Religious Traditions

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For courses in Chinese Religions, World Religions, Introduction to Religion, and Religion and Culture.

This text provides an introduction to the history of religion in China and its contours in China and Taiwan today, focusing on four religious traditions: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and popular religion. It covers not only religious and ethical ideas but also the practices of each tradition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 144.78 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 158.76g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130911631
  • 9780130911636
  • 1,777,789

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This series provides succinct and balanced overviews of the religions of the world. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, each book gives a basic introduction to the faith--its history, beliefs, and practices--and emphasizes modern developments and the role and impact of the religion in today's world.

Chinese Religious Traditions provides a concise introduction to the history of religion in China and its ramifications in China today. Focusing on the four major religious traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and popular religion, this book covers the religious and ethical ideas as well as the practices within each tradition. The book traces themes that are common to Chinese society from earliest times to the present day. It also highlights the ways in which each tradition has responded to and influenced political and cultural change.
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Table of contents

Chronology of Chinese Religions.

1. Introduction.

2. The Shang and Western Zhou Periods.

3. The Classical Period.

4. Early Imperial China: Han through Tang.

5. Early Modern China: Song through Early Qing.

6. Modern China.
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About Joseph A. Adler

Joseph A. Adler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Ninian Smart was J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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