World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery

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Saint Mary's Press, 2009 - Religion - 310 pages
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The Subcommittee on the Catechism (formerly the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism), has judged that the text falls outside the scope of the types of materials they review for conformity to the Catechism.*
The third edition of this highly acclaimed text continues to help young people unlock the doors to 11 of the world's major religious traditions. Updated references highlighting recent events in the history of the traditions, 50 new images, and revised chapter on Sikhism help eleventh and twelfth graders understand the people, dimensions, and religious principles of the world's major religions.
*The Subcommittee on the Catechism reviews only materials which are catechetical in nature and which teach the beliefs, practices, and doctrine of the Catholic Faith. World Religions falls outside the scope of the types of materials the Committee reviews. This text outlines the basic beliefs and practices of the major religions of the world, taking a comparative approach, as do most texts on this topic, to identify the distinctive elements of the various religions.
 

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Contents

The Roman Catholic Church and NonChristian Religions
6
Studying the Worlds Religions
11
A Global Village
12
The Nature of a Religious Tradition
13
Some Challenges and Rewards of Studying the Worlds Religions
18
Primal Religious Traditions
21
Religion of the Australian Aborigines
23
The Religion of the Yoruba
26
Taoism in East Asia and the World
149
Zen Buddhism
153
Transmission of Zen Teachings
154
Zen Teachings
155
Zen Life
161
In Conclusion
163
Shinto
167
Shinto in the Religious Life of Japan
171

Religion of the North American Plains Indians
28
The Aztecs and Their Legacy
32
Common Themes Diverse Traditions
37
Hinduism
41
From Worldly Realms to the Divine Beyond
42
Mapping the Individuals Identity
48
Three Paths to Liberation
53
Hinduism in the Modern World
61
The Ever Changing Currents of Hinduism
64
Buddhism
69
The Life of Gautama
70
Buddhist Teachings
75
Divisions of Buddhism
84
The Enduring Wisdom of the Buddha
88
Jainism
93
Makers of the River Crossing
94
Knowing the Universe Cosmology and Salvation
96
The Religious Life
99
Jains in Todays World
104
Sikhism
107
From Guru Nanak to the Guru Granth Sahib
109
God Humans and Salvation
114
Worship Ritual and Lifestyle
116
Work Worship and Charity
119
Confucianism
123
The Life and Legacy of Confucius
125
Confucianisms Central Project
128
Confucian Harmony
133
A Legacy for East Asia Lessons for the World
136
Taoism
139
Living in Harmony with the Way of Nature
140
The Philosophy of Tao
142
Traditional Shinto in Modern Japan
176
Ancestors of the West
179
Zoroastrianism
180
Religion in Ancient Greece
185
Religion in the Roman World
193
Legacies from Ancient Times
198
Judaism
201
On God and Torah
202
Blessings and Tribulations
205
The Way of Torah
213
The Tradition of the Chosen People
219
Christianity
223
Son of God Savior
224
What Christians Believe
230
The One Body of Christ
232
United in Christ
243
Islam
247
The Foundations of Islam
248
Basic Practices and Social Teachings
253
The Expansion of Islam
257
Varieties of Islam
260
Islam and the World
263
Religion in the Modern World
267
Modern Influences
268
New Religious Movements
275
Religion and Science
285
The Persistence of Mystery
291
Pronunciation Key
294
Index
295
Acknowledgments
307
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