The Sacred Paths : Understanding the Religions of the World
For courses in Religions of the World, History of Religions, Comparative Religion, and Introduction to Religious Studies in departments of Religion, Religious Studies, Theology, and Philosophy.Unique in approach, this text combines an historical-descriptive presentation of individual religions with a comparative-thematic approach. It begins with a discussion of the basic human questions and concerns relating to religion-e.g., origin and identity, ultimate reality, human nature, and the good life-and then uses these essential concepts to help describe the beliefs, practices, and historical development of each religion. As the work of a single scholar-much of it based on original research-this book offers a consistency and depth missing in many of the texts in this field.
- Hardback | 564 pages
- 212.3 x 241 x 27.9mm | 1,278.95g
- 22 May 2000
- Pearson Education (US)
- United States
- 3rd edition
Table of contents
I. EXPLORING THE SACRED PATHS. 1. Perspectives on Religious Experience. 2. Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure. 3. Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples. II. RELIGIONS ARISING FROM INDIA. 4. Hindu Sacred Story and Historical Context. 5. Hindu Worlds of Meaning. 6. Hindu Ritual and the Good Life. 7. Buddhist Sacred Story and Historical Context. 8. Buddhist Worlds of Meaning. 9. Buddhist Ritual and the Good Life. 10. The Path of the Jains. 11. The Way of the Disciples: The Sikhs. III. RELIGIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN. 12. Chinese Sacred Story and Historical Context. 13. Chinese Worlds of Meaning. 14. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in China. 15. Japanese Sacred Story and Historical Context. 16. Japanese Worlds of Meaning. 17. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in Japan. IV. RELIGIONS ARISING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD. 18. Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. 19. The Zoroastrian Tradition. 20. Jewish Sacred Story and Historical Context. 21. Jewish Worlds of Meaning. 22. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Jews. 23. Christian Sacred Story and Historical Context. 24. Christian Worlds of Meaning. 25. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Christians. 26. Muslim Sacred Story and Historical Context. 27. Muslim Worlds of Meaning. 28. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Muslims. V. ONGOING EXPLORATIONS ON THE SACRED PATHS. 29. New Religious Movements. 30. Guideposts and Crossings on the Paths. Glossary. Notes. Suggestions for Further Reading. Acknowledgements. Index.