Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions

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InterVarsity Press, Apr 10, 1998 - Religion - 363 pages
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The world hasn't really shrunk--it just feels that way. Not all people of different cultural traditions and religious beliefs live halfway around the globe. Some of them live just down the block. Some of them work in the cubicle across the hall. Some of them sit next to us at PTA meetings. Encounters with these neighboring faiths often challenge our own comfortable beliefs and traditions. They make us think more deeply about our own faith commitments. For all who want to understand the religious faiths of their neighbors and coworkers, Winfried Corduan offers this helpful introduction to the religions of the world. His survey covers major and minor religions including Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, African and Native American traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Chinese popular religion, Shinto and the Japanese synthesis. Unlike many similar books, Neighboring Faiths emphasizes not just formal religious teachings but also how each religion is practiced in daily life. Corduan has presnts more than 80 photographs, charts and maps. And moving beyond mere description, he offers specific suggestions for how Christians can avoid giving unnecessary offense to followers of these faiths while engaging them in constructive dialogue. For readers who want to understand what other religions believe and practice, and for small groups and churches who want to become more effective in reaching those from other cultures and religions, Neighboring Faiths is an indispensable guide.
  

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I am sorry to say that this book is ill informed about the Tlingit culture and its customs. It is out right laughable in almost all of the discussion of the Tlingit people and their culture. I only wonder how poorly the authors research is on other Native tribes is.

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Introductory survey of world religions. Good for the beginner. Read full review

Contents

List of Figures Maps Tables
11
Introduction
13
Study Practice
19
Figures
26
Judaism
45
Maps
57
Tables
63
Islam
77
Introduction African Religion
135
Native American Religion
161
Hinduism
189
Buddhism
220
Chinese Popular Religion
280
Shinto the Japanese Synthesis
310
Notes
337
Index
351

Zoroastrianism
113

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Winfried Corduan (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana. He has led many undergraduate tours focusing on the lived religious traditions of various parts of the world. He is the author of several books, including Handmaid to Theology, Reasonable Faith: Basic Christian Apologetics, Neighboring Faiths and A Tapestry of Faiths.

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