A History of the World's Religions
Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, this text is widely regarded as the hallmark of fairness and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough, yet concise history of world religions available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts. The book's depth, breadth, and organization free instructors from having to "cover" everything in lectures, enabling them to select specific assignments and use class time for questions, discussion, and their own favorite materials.
- Paperback | 642 pages
- 190.5 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 1,247.37g
- 21 Mar 2000
- Pearson Education (US)
- United States
- New edition
- 9th New edition
- illustrations facsimiles, maps
Table of contents
I. SOME PRIMAL AND BYGONE RELIGIONS. 1. Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures. 2. Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West. II. THE RELIGIONS OF SOUTH ASIA. 3. Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union. 4. Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior. 5. Jainism: A Study in Asceticism. 6. Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation. 7. The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana. 8. Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism. III. THE RELIGIONS OF EAST ASIA. 9. Native Chinese Religion and Daoism. 10. Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism. 11. Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion. IV. THE RELIGIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST. 12. Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism. 13. Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile. 14. The Religious Development of Judaism. 15. Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective. 16. The Religious Development of Christianity. 17. Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings. 18. The ShTah Alternative and Regional Developments. References for Quotations. Suggestions for Further Reading. Index.