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A History of the World's Religions, 13th Edition

By David S. Noss, Blake Grangaard

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Jul 13, 2011

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A History of the World's Religions bridges the interval between the founding of religions and their present state, and gives students an accurate look at the religions of the world by including descriptive and interpretive details from the original source materials.

Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, A History of the World's Religions is widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough yet manageable history of world religion available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts.

Table of Contents

Part I. Some Primal and Bygone Religions  1. Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures  2. Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West  Part II. The Religions of South Asia  3. Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union  4. Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior  5. Jainism: A Study in Asceticism  6. Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation  7. The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana  8. Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism  Part III. The Religions of East Asia  9. Native Chinese Religion and Daoism  10. Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism  11. Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion  Part IV. The Religions of the Middle East  12. Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism  13. Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile  14. The Religious Development of Judaism  15. Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective  16. The Religious Development of Christianity  17. Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings  18. The Sh `ah Alternative and Regional Developments  Glossary


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