World Religions Today

World Religions Today

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Revealing the significance of religion in contemporary life, World Religions Today, Third Edition, explores eight major religious traditions--Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions, and new religions--as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. This unique volume accomplishes two goals; it connects today's religions to their classical beliefs and practices while also focusing on how these religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world. The authors combine thorough coverage of the historical background of each religion with up-to-the-minute discussions of its current practices. Each discussion opens with a contemporary scenario of religious experience that illustrates the tension between premodern views and modernity. The volume is enhanced by numerous pedagogical aids--timelines, maps, illustrations, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary of key terms--and more than 200 photographs. An Instructor's Manual and a Companion Website featuring resources for both students and instructors supplement the text. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION * Vivid four-color interior design that brings the material to life * Updates that cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the globe * "Tales of Spiritual Transformation" boxes that relate the stories of people whose lives have been changed by religious faith * "Teachings of Spiritual Wisdom" boxes that introduce primary source material Ideal for undergraduate courses in world religions and comparative religion, World Religions Today, Third Edition, emphasizes the interconnectedness of faith, culture, politics, and society, providing a peerless examination of the diverse ways in which contemporary human beings are religious. World Religions Todayis also available as two separate volumes: Religious of Asia Today (978-0-19-537360-8) and Religions of the West Today (978-0-19-537361-5).show more

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  • Paperback | 652 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 246 colour halftone illustrations and 20 colour line illustrations
  • 0195365631
  • 9780195365634
  • 527,711

Table of contents

CHAPTERS 2-9 OPEN WITH AN OVERVIEW. CHAPTERS 2-8 END WITH A CONCLUSION; 1. INTRODUCTION; Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown; Understanding Religious Experience and Its Expressions; The Great Transition: From Tribal Life to Urban Life and the Emergence of World Religions; The Great Religious Stories of the World; Modernization in Global Perspective; Modern Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity; Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation; 2. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS; I. Origins of Homo Religiosus: Prehistory; II. Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife; III. Indigenous Religions Today; 3. THE MANY STORIES OF JUDAISM: SACRED AND SECULAR; Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy; Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era; Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era; Judaism and Modernity; Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; 4. CHRISTIAN DIVERSITY AND THE ROAD TO MODERNITY; Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy; Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era; Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era; Christianity and Modernity; Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; 5. ISLAM: THE MANY FACES OF THE MUSLIM EXPERIENCE; Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism; Premodern Islam: The Formative Era; Premodern Islam: The Classical Era; Islam and Modernity; Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; Islam: Postmodern Challenges; 6. HINDUISM; Encountering Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State; Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era; Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 BCE-900 CE); Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 CE-1500 CE); Hinduism and Modernity; Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; Hindu Festival Practice; The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduism; 7. BUDDHISM: WAYS TO NIRVANA; Encounter with Modernity: Socially Engaged Buddhism; Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era; Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era; The Core Doctrines; Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion; Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; 8. EAST ASIAN RELIGIONS: TRADITIONS OF HUMAN CULTIVATION AND NATURAL HARMONY; Encounter with Modernity: Postcolonial Confucian Economics; East Asian Religions in the Premodern Era; East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Era; East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World; 9. GLOBALIZATION: FROM NEW TO NEW AGE RELIGIONS; New Religions; New Age Religions; East Goes West: Transcendental Meditation; West Goes East: The Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon and the Aum Shinrikyo Movement; Religious Postmodernism and Global Ethics; The Challenge of Postmodern Secular Relativism; The Future of Religion in an Age of Globalizationshow more

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