The World's Religions

The World's Religions

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The World's Religions provides an orientation to the study of religion. Surveying the stages of development, worldviews, and current situations of the major world religions, this text discusses the ways these religions respond to contemporary ethical issues. It also presents a sampling of new religious movements and looks to the possible ways the world's religions may interact in the 21st century. Its distinctive "framework for understanding" religious worldviews allows readers to compare and contrast the teachings of religions objectively. Teaching and Learning Experience Personalize Learning - MyReligionLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking - The "framework for understanding" allows students to think critically about varying religious worldviews. Engage Students - Contemporary ethical issues make studying world religions relevant to students today. Support Instructors - Teaching your course just got easier! You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor's Manual, Electronic "MyTest" Test Bank or PowerPoint Presentation Slides. 0205949428 / 9780205949427 World's Religions, The Plus NEW MyReligionLab with eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205871429 / 9780205871421 NEW MyReligionLab with Pearson eText -- Valupack Access Card 0205917615 / 9780205917617 World's Religions, Theshow more

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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 203.2 x 254 x 7.62mm | 476.27g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0205917615
  • 9780205917617
  • 1,194,672

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This book establishes a framework for understanding religion and discusses general questions between religion and science. It also provides an overview of the histories of the major religions of the world and their basic teachings with a framework that allows for objective comparisons among religions.show more

About William A. Young

William Young is Professor of Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. In addition to The World's Religions: Worldviews and Contemporary Ethical Issues (3rd edition, 2009) he is co-author (with Christian Hauer) of the widely-adopted textbook An Introduction to the Bible: A Journey into Three Worlds (Prentice Hall, 7th edition, 2008) and author of Quest for Harmony: Native American Spiritual Traditions (Hackett Press, 2006). During a thirty-five year teaching career, he has introduced generations of students to the world's religions and taught a wide variety of special topic courses ranging from Religion and Politics to Spiritual Ecology: Religion and Nature.show more

Table of contents

In this Section: 1. Brief Table of Contents 2. Full Table of Contents 1. Brief Table of Contents Part One: Introduction Chapter 1: An Introduction to Religions and the Study of Religion Part Two: The Wold's Religions-Histories and Worldviews Chapter 2: Indigenous Religions-Quest for Harmony Chapter 3: Hinduism-Many Paths to the Summit Chapter 4: Theravada Buddhism-The Middle Way Chapter 5: Jainism-The Way of Noninjury Chapter 6: Daoism-The Way of Nature Chapter 7: Confucianism-The Way of Virtue Chapter 8: Mahayana Buddhism (The Great Vehicle) and Vajrayana Buddhism (The Thunderbolt Vehicle) Chapter 9: Shinto-The Way of Kami Chapter 10: Judaism-The Way of Torah Chapter 11: Christianity-The Way of Jesus Christ Chapter 12: Islam-The Way of Submission to Allah Chapter 13: Sikhism-The Way of the Guru Chapter 14: The New Religious Movements-Renewal and Innovation Part 3: The World's Religions and Contemporary Ethical Issues Chapter 15: The Ecological and Economic Crises-Humans and Resources Chapter 16: War and Capital Punishment-Society and Violence Chapter 17: Abortion and Euthanasia-Life and Death Chapter 18: Gender and Sexual Orientation-Roles and Identity Part 5: Conclusion Chapter 19: The Future of the World's Religions FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part One: Introduction Chapter 1: An Introduction to Religions and the Study of Religion What Is Religion? Why Are People Religious? Why So Many Religions? Why Is the Study of Religion So Important in the Twenty-First Century? What Is the Relationship Between Science and Religion? How Might Religion Be Studied? How Will We Study the World's Religions? Looking Ahead: An Overview of the Rest of the Text Part Two: The Wold's Religions-Histories and Worldviews Chapter 2: Indigenous Religions-Quest for Harmony An Orientation to Indigenous Peoples and Their Religions The Yoruba of West Africa The Oglala Lakota (Souix) of the Great Plains of North America The Continuing Impact of Indigenous Religions in the Twnty-First Century Chapter 3: Hinduism-Many Paths to the Summit An Orientation to South and Southeast Asia Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Hindu Worldview Hinduism in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 4: Theravada Buddhism-The Middle Way Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Theravada Buddhist Worldview Theravada Buddhism in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 5: Jainism-The Way of Noninjury Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Jain Worldview Jainism in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 6: Daoism-The Way of Nature An Orientation to East Asia Daoism: The Way of Nature Chapter 7: Confucianism-The Way of Virtue Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Confucian Worldview Confucianism and Other Religions in the People's Republic of China Chapter 8: Mahayana Buddhism (The Great Vehicle) and Vajrayana Buddhism (The Thunderbolt Vehicle) A Brief History of Korea and Japan Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in East Asia Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Theravada Buddhism Contrasted Major Mahayana Schools in East Asia Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 9: Shinto-The Way of Kami Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Shinto Worldview Religion in Twenty-First-Century Japan and Korea Chapter 10: Judaism-The Way of Torah An Orientation to the Middle East Judaism: The Way of Torah Chapter 11: Christianity-The Way of Jesus Christ Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Christian Worldview Christianity in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 12: Islam-The Way of Submission to Allah Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Islamic Worldview Islam in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 13: Sikhism-The Way of the Guru Stages of Development and Sacred Texts The Sikh Worldview Sikhism in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 14: The New Religious Movements-Renewal and Innovation Preparing for the End: Apocalyptic New Religious Movements Faith and Spirit: New Religious Movements of Healing and Awareness Reviving the Church: Christian New Religious Movements of Renewal Nature and Spirit: Earth-Based and Ecological New Religious Movements Liberation and Enlightenment: New Religious Movements with Asian Roots African-American and Afro-Caribbean New Religious Movements Native American New Religious Movements Focusing on the Human and the Natural: Secular New Religious Movements The Quest for Unity: Universalist New Religious Movements Part 3: The World's Religions and Contemporary Ethical Issues Chapter 15: The Ecological and Economic Crises-Humans and Resources The Ecological Crisis: Is the Balance of Life on Planet Earth in Jeopardy? The Economic Crisis: Why Hunger and Abject Poverty in a World of Plenty? Chapter 16: War and Capital Punishment-Society and Violence War: When, If Ever is War Justified Capital Punishement: When May the State Take a Criminal's Life? Chapter 17: Abortion and Euthanasia-Life and Death Abortion: Right to Life or Right to Choose? Euthanasia: A "Good Death" or "Playing God"? Chapter 18: Gender and Sexual Orientation-Roles and Identity The Changing Roles of Women: Liberation or Confusion? Homosexuality: Orientation, Preference, or Perversion? Part 5: Conclusion Chapter 19: The Future of the World's Religions How the World's Religions Will Relate to One Another: Three Possible Futures The Search for Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis The World's Religions after September 11, 2001show more

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