Discovering World Religions: A Guide for the Inquiring Reader

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iUniverse, 2012 - Religion - 458 pages

Knowledge of the world's religions can lead to a discovery of common ground and shared global perspectives among people of different faiths. It can move people to unite and identify the world's most pressing needs, enabling them to create plans to reduce violence, fight hunger, alleviate poverty, and promote justice and fairness for all peoples. A first step in this direction is learning about world religions.

"In Discovering World Religions," author Gabriel J. Gomes provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of world religions, including Native American, African traditional, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and more. This thorough investigation

traces the origins and evolution of the major traditions of these world religions;

provides deeper analyses and interpretation of their essential beliefs and teachings;

outlines their practices;

presents their ethical standpoints;

discusses their main institutions, organizations, and actions;

examines the original experiences that gave rise to a number of religions;

follows the teachings on the sacred in each religion;

reviews the status of women in each religion; and

explains the challenges modern and postmodern worlds have presented to religions and how most of them have responded.

Seeking to provide a solid understanding of each religion, "Discovering World Religions" presents a guide through the maze of myriad beliefs and practices as part of a cultural system that both shapes and in turn is shaped by it."

 

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Contents

The Meaning and Matter of Religion
1
Native American Religions
19
African Traditional Religions
35
Hinduism
51
Jainism
95
Buddhism
109
Early Chinese Religion and Confucianism
155
Daoism
177
Christianity
267
Islam
317
Sikhism
363
The New Horizon
375
Appendix
397
Credits
407
Selected Bibliography
409
Index
423

Shinto
199
Zoroastrianism
217
Judaism
227
Back Cover
444
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About the author (2012)

Gabriel J. Gomes earned BA and MA degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and a PhD from Columbia University, New York. He has taught at institutions such as Marymount College, Pace University, Western Connecticut State University, and Marist College. Gomes currently lives in Fishkill, New York.

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