The Sacred Paths of the West
Introduces students to the western religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by integrating historical descriptions with thematic comparisons of each. The text approaches these religions as historically unique systems and focuses on comparative key themes and issues.
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Basic Human Concerns and Religious Responses
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