For courses in Religions of the World, History of Religions, Comparative Religion, and Introduction to Religious Studies in departments of Religion, Religious Studies, Theology, and Philosophy.
This text combines study of the dynamic historical development of each religious tradition with a comparative thematic structure. Students are encouraged to discover and explore the nature of religious experience by comparing basic themes and issues common to all religions, finding connections with their own personal experiences. By sensitively introducing descriptive material within a comparative thematic structure, this text helps students to understand how each religion provides, for its adherents, patterns and meanings that make up a full way of life.
Table of Contents
I. EXPLORING THE SACRED PATHS.
1. Perspectives on the Religious Path.
2. Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure.
II. RELIGIONS ARISING FROM INDIA.
3. Hindu Sacred Story and Historical Context.
4. Hindu Worlds of Meaning.
5. Hindu Ritual and the Good Life.
6. Buddhist Sacred Story and Historical Context.
7. Buddhist Worlds of Meaning.
8. Buddhist Ritual and the Good Life.
9. The Path of the Jains.
10. The Way of the Disciples: The Sikhs.
III. RELIGIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN.
11. Chinese Sacred Story and Historical Context
12. Chinese Worlds of Meaning.
13. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in China.
14. Japanese Sacred Story and Historical Context.
15. Japanese Worlds of Meaning.
16. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in Japan.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
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