A World Religions Reader

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Ian S. Markham, Christy Lohr
John Wiley & Sons, May 26, 2009 - Religion - 327 pages
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Providing a comprehensive exploration of the teachings and beliefs of the world’s living faiths, the third edition of this popular book has been revised and updated to reflect the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century. The World Religions Reader:
  • Explores the unique nature of various faiths by introducing their traditions and rituals, ethical dimensions, and modern expressions
  • Combines excerpts from sacred texts with reflections from a range of classic and contemporary thinkers - from the Bhagavad Gita and the Qur'an to Maimonides and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Significantly expands material on Christianity, with a greater emphasis on the diversity of the tradition as expressed in Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism
  • Broadens its coverage with new chapters on Emerging Religions, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Indigenous Religions
  • Considers the profound impact of 9/11 on the major religions and the effect it has had on our perceptions of others, and on interfaith communication
  • Includes numerous reader-friendly features, such as key terms sections, summary reviews of major beliefs and significant events, a glossary, and revision and comparative questions.
 

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This single volume grew out of the editor's course taught at the University of Exeter, England. His aim is to help students enter into dialog with each of nine religious traditions. To this purpose ... Read full review

Contents

Indigenous Religions
13
Hinduism
31
Jainism
66
Jainism
67
Buddhism
77
Chinese Religion
104
Chinese Religion
105
7
111
11
171
Christianity
191
Islam
210
Islam
213
Sikhism
237
13
261
Secular Humanism
273
Worldwide Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas Mid2006
302

Shintoism 8
131
Zoroastrianism
153
9
154
Judaism
161
Judaism
163

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About the author (2009)

Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including: the two-volume The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), Do Morals Matter? (2006), A Theology of Engagement (2004), and Encountering Religion (1998), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Christy Lohr's scholarly research focuses on the theology of religions debate and inter-religious dialogue. She is the Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Reviews in Religion & Theology and a contributor to The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009). She has served on the board of directors of the North American Interfaith Network and worked with the World Council of Churches where she coordinated its 2005 "Interfaith Education Project."

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