Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths

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I.B.Tauris, 1997 - Religions - 464 pages
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Encompassing traditional faiths, indigenous religions, and the new religious movements, this book focuses on the historical development and teachings of each religion and explores how these religions have evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices.
  

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Contents

Preface
9
Science religion and the new understanding
21
Understandings of the Ultimate Reality
27
Fundamentalist and liberal interpretations
33
Cultural diversity
42
Spiritual specialists
51
Contemporary rituals
58
CHAPTER THREE
69
Suggested reading
263
The Good Samaritan
273
The Early Church
280
The Eastern Orthodox Church
286
Russian Orthodox Kenoticism
293
The Protestant Reformation
299
Vatican Councils I and II
305
Contemporary trends
320

Hanuman
83
An Interview with
95
Modern world Hinduism
107
Suggested reading
113
JAINISM
114
The Story of Bahubali
121
The Dharma
131
An Interview with
142
Life in a Western Zen Monastery 1 58
158
TAOISM AND CONFUCIANISM
164
Confucianism the practice of virtue
176
An Interview with
185
Purification by Waterfall
194
Suggested reading
201
CHAPTER NINE
216
from the Hebrew Bible
226
Torah
247
Holy days
255
An Interview with John Blazo
328
ISLAM
331
The Humility of the Prophet
338
The SunniShiite split
346
The Five Pillars and jihad
352
The spread of Islam
359
Relationships with the West
365
Suggested reading
373
Guru Arjun Devs Devotion
383
Sikhism today
389
Supernatural powers and revelations
399
An Interview with Ursula
411
The Baha 7 Model for Governance of the World
419
Interfaith movement
425
Religion and social issues
432
Glossary
448
Credits
456
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