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, Noss's 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. The book's depth, breadth, and organization free instructors from having to cover everything in lectures, enabling them to select specific assignments and use class time for questions, discussion, and their own favorite materials.
Table of Contents
PART 1 Some Primal and Bygone Religions
Chapter 1 Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures
Chapter 2 Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West
PART 2 The Religions of South Asia
Chapter 3 Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union
Chapter 4 Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior
Chapter 5 Jainism: A Study in Asceticism
Chapter 6 Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation
Chapter 7 The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana
Chapter 8 Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism
PART 3 The Religions of East Asia
Chapter 9 Native Chinese Religion and Daoism
Chapter 10 Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism
Chapter 11 Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion
PART 4 The Religions of the Middle East
Chapter 12 Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism
Chapter 13 Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile
Chapter 14 The Religious Development of Judaism
Chapter 15 Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective
Chapter 16 The Religious Development of Christianity
Chapter 17 Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings
Chapter 18 The Sh `ah Alternative and Regional Developments
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