The Sacred Paths of the West

The Sacred Paths of the West

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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 use 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 more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 198.1 x 231.1 x 12.7mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130293555
  • 9780130293558

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Thoroughly revised, The Sacred Paths of the West, Second Edition, includes the following features: Up-to-date information and scholarly perspectives, including extensive suggestions for reading from recent publications. A new chapter on Zoroastrianism, filling out the portrait of religions arising in the Mediterranean world. Coverage of many diverse religions in clear family groupings based on geographical and historical connections. A thematic and empathetic approach that encourages exploration of the personal meanings and experiences of people of different faiths. Extensive quotations from the sacred scriptures of each religion, helping students to get a sense of the power and meaning of these sacred texts. Significant material on artistic expressions in the different religious traditions. Incorporation of women's experiences and leadership roles within the various religious traditions. A chapter devoted to the rise of new religious movements. Maps, timelines, discussion questions, and suggestions for further readings are some of the study features included in this book to help students understand the highly complex nature of the various religious more

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 IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD. 4. Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. 5. The Zoroastrian Tradition. 6. Jewish Sacred Story and Historical Context. 7. Jewish Worlds of Meaning. 8. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Jews. 9. Christian Sacred Story and Historical Context. 10. Christian Worlds of Meaning. 11. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Christians. 12. Muslim Sacred Story and Historical Context. 13. Muslim Worlds of Meaning. 14. Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Muslims. III. ONGOING EXPLORATIONS ON THE SACRED PATHS. 15. New Religious Movements. 16. Guideposts and Crossings on the Paths. Glossary. Notes. Suggestions for Further Reading. Acknowledgements. more

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