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

By David S. Noss, Blake Grangaard

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Jul 13, 2011


A History of the World's Religions Shown Through Original Sources


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.


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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




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

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