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THINK World Religions, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Roy R Robson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Aug 20, 2012

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THINK Currency.  THINK Relevancy.  THINK World Religions

 

THINK World Religions is informed with the latest research and the most contemporary examples, allowing you to bring current events directly into your classroom with little additional work.

 

An engaging visual design developed through extensive student feedback will appeal to your students and deliver the core concepts of World Religions in a way that they can actually understand.

 

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  • Personalize Learning – MySearchLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed and provides engaging experiences that personalize learning.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – The text will help you consider how each religion grapples with a series of important ideas
  • Engage Students –  Written in an anecdotal style, students will be pulled in with the author’s narrative’s of his real-world experiences and work.
  • Support Instructors – All supplements were developed around the textbook’s carefully constructed learning objectives.

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

 


 

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1:     Thinking about Relgion

Chapter 2:     Talking about Religion

Chapter 3:     Hinduism:  The Eternal Law

Chapter 4:     Hinduism:  Law and Life

Chapter 5:     Buddhism:  Becoming Awake

Chapter 6:     Buddhism:  Awakening the World

Chapter 7:     East Asian Sacred Ways:  The Eternal Dao

Chapter 8:     East Asian Sacred Ways:  Harmony in the World

Chpater 9:     Judaism:  A Chosen People Choosing God

Chapter 10:   Judaism:  Israel in the Diaspora

Chapter 11:   Christianity:  The God-Man Messiah

Chapter 12:   Christianity:  Communion and Community

Chapter 13:   Islam:  Submission and Faith

Chapter 14:   Islam:  The Pillars and the Umma

Chapter 15:   Religions of Place:  A Sacred World Around Us

Chapter 16:   New Religions:  A Quest for the Sacred



2.  FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Chapter 1:     Thinking About Religion

Religion as a Field of Study  

Asking Questions about Religion  

The Four Questions  

Is There a God?  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Do You Have Other Questions?  

Critical Thinking with THINK World Religions  

The Visual Summary  

Doing Research on Religions  

Creating a Question Matrix  

Important Parts of the Book  

 

Chapter 2:     Talking about Religion

Steeler Nation or Church of the Steelers?  

Can We Describe Steeler Nation as a Religion?  

Characteristics of Religions  

Why Is Religion so Difficult to Talk About?  

The Steeler Nation  

Strategies for Studying World Religions  

The Big Question: Is Religion True or False?  

What Is Truth?  

THINK World Religions: Truthfulness vs. “Truthiness”  

Can There Be More Than One Truth?  

THINK World Religions: Pontius Pilate: “What Is Truth?”  

Back to Steeler Nation  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 3:     Hinduism:  The Eternal Law

A Sacred Place: A Hindu Temple  

Is There a God in Hinduism?  

Dharma  

Sacred Texts and Traditions  

A Sacred Action: The Puja  

Brahman: Source of All Divinity  

Three Main Gods of Hinduism  

THINK World Religions: Beliefs and Science  

Primary Gods: A Closer Look  

Rocks, Rivers, and Animals  

What Does it Mean to Be Human?  

The Caste System  

THINK World Religions: The Story of Purusha from the Rig-veda  

Human Beings: Out of Touch with Brahman  

Dharma and Karma  

Internal Conflict: Cows and Hinduism  

Moksha: Breaking the Cycle  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 4:     Hinduism:  Law and Life

A Place in the World: The Bharatiya Temple  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

The Path of Works: Sacrifice, Purity, and Ritual  

Internal Conflict: Ahimsa and Social Movements  

The Path of Devotion: Bhakti  

The Yogic Paths of Knowledge  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Religion and the Family  

Hindu Views of Death  

THINK World Religions: Sati: Ritual Widow Burning  

Sanatana Dharma and the Caste System  

Religion + Gender: Women in Hinduism  

Contemporary Religions Issues: Gandhi, Hinduism, and Politics  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 5:     Buddhism:  Becoming Awake

A Sacred Place: The Fogong Si Temple  

Is There a God?  

God or Gods in Buddhism: No, Yes, and Maybe  

A Sacred Action: Alms-Giving  

The Life of the Buddha  

THINK World Religions: Some Sanskrit and Pali Equivalent Terms in Buddhism  

Principles of Buddhism  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

The Eightfold Path  

THINK World Religions: A U.S. Army Chaplain Who Is a Buddhist  

The Human Condition in Theravada and Mahayana Traditions  

THINK World Religions: King Ashoka and the Spread of Buddhism  

Internal Conflict: Buddhism and Gender  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 6:     Buddhism:  Awakening the World

A Place in the World: Protests in Myanmar  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

The First Jewel: Taking Refuge in the Buddha  

THINK World Religions: Secret Tantric Practice  

The Second Jewel: Taking Refuge in the Dharma  

Religion + Health: Mind Over Body  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Monastic Life  

Monastery and Laity: Tibetan Buddhism  

Buddhism Without a Monastic Sangha: Buddhism Comes to the West  

Contemporary Religious Issues: Tibet and China  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 7:     East Asian Sacred Ways:  The Eternal Dao

A Sacred Place: Chang Ling  

Is There a God?  

Dao, Qi, and Yin/Yang  

A Sacred Action: Tai Chi  

The Yijing (I Ching)  

Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism: Syncretic Traditions in East Asia 

THINK World Religions: The Analects  

Buddhism in East Asia  

What Does It Mean to Be Human? 

The Confucian View of Humanity 

The Daoist View of Humanity 

Internal Conflict: Legalism  

THINK World Religions: The Immortals  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 8:     East Asian Sacred Ways:  Harmony in the World

A Place in the World: Lion Dance in New York’s Chinatown  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

Veneration of Confucius  

Interacting with the Dao through Qi 

Contemporary Religious Issues: Falun Gong  

Religion + Medicine: Acupuncture

How Does the Sacred Become Community? 

Confucianism  

THINK World Religions: What’s in a Name?  

Daoism 

Community in East Asian Buddhist Traditions  

THINK World Religions: Chairman Mao and the People’s Republic  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chpater 9:     Judaism:  A Chosen People Choosing God

A Sacred Place: The Central Synagogue  

What Is Judaism? 

A Sacred Action: Bar and Bat Mitzvah 

Is There a God?  

Proof of God 

Definition of God 

The Name of God  

How Does God Communicate with Us? 

THINK World Religions: Where Are the Pictures?  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

“In the Beginning”  

The Human Condition: Abraham, Isaac, and Becoming a Chosen People  

THINK World Religions: Jews, Israel, or Children of Israel: Which Term Is Correct?  

The Commandments: Words and Deeds  

History and Meaning: Cycles of Sin and Redemption 

THINK World Religions: What Happens after We Die?  

THINK World Religions: A Psalm of Hope and Longing  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 10:   Judaism:  Israel in the Diaspora

A Place in the World: The Eruv  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

Prayer 

Following the Commandments: The Example of Food  

Religion + Education: The Importance of Education in Judaism  

THINK World Religions: Deuteronomy 14:1–21  

Mystical Judaism and the Kabbalah  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Calendar and Life Cycle Rituals 

Denominations in American Judaism 

Judaism in the Modern World  

THINK World Religions: Reconstructionist Judaism 

Contemporary Religious Issues: Holocaust Denial  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

Chapter 11:   Christianity:  The God-Man Messiah

A Sacred Place: St. Stephen’s of Walbrook  

The Messiah: Jesus Christ 

Is There a God?

A Sacred Action: Liturgy and Eucharist  

THINK World Religions: Paul’s Mystical Experience  

THINK World Religions: Varieties of Early Christianity  

Seeking God in the Early Christian Church  

THINK World Religions: Christianity and Popular Culture: The DaVinci Code  

The Problem with the Holy Trinity  

THINK World Religions: Don’t Understand the Holy Trinity? Try These Techniques!  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

Christian Confessions  

Internal Conflict: Good Nature but Evil Deeds? 1

What Happens When Human Beings Die? Christian Ideas of Heaven and Hell  

Christianity + Literature: Dostoevsky, On Hell  

Internal Conflict: Christianity and Evolution

Chapter Review

 

Chapter 12:   Christianity:  Communion and Community

A Place in the World: Mother Teresa of Calcutta  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

What’s in a Name? Churches, Denominations, and Communities  

THINK World Religions: Justin Martyr Describes Christian Interaction with the Sacred  

The Eucharist: An Ancient Christian Form of Communion with God  

Prayer: Personal and Communal Interaction with the Sacred  

THINK World Religions: Music and Prayer  

Contemplation and Quiet as Forms of Interaction with the Sacred  

THINK World Religions: Spiritual Double Clicking  

Finding a Direct Link to God: The Charismatic Movement  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Monasticism 

Calendars, Rituals and Community Celebrations  

Communal Worship and Identity  

Christians in the World  

Religion + Politics in the USA: The Religious Right  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 13:   Islam:  Submission and Faith

A Sacred Place: Selimiye Mosque, Turkey  

Is There a God?  

The “Glorious Qur’an”  

A Sacred Action: Sandys Travailes  

God and the Kaaba  

THINK World Religions: “Allah” or “God”?  

Comprehending God in Islam  

Religion + People of the Book: Judaism and Christianity in the Qur’an  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

Muhammad’s Biography  

Islam After Muhammad’s Death  

Women in Islam  

THINK World Religions: Behind the Veil: Why Islam’s Most Visible Symbol Is Spreading  

The Sira, Sunna, and Hadith  

Religion + Secular Literature: The Fatwa of Salman Rushdie  

What Happens after Humans Die? 

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 14:   Islam:  The Pillars and the Umma

A Place in the World: Mecca  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

Shahada: Witnessing and Professing Faith in God  

The Shia Shahada: Purity and Fidelity  

THINK World Religion: Message to the Blackman in America by Elijah Muhammad 

Interacting with the Divine through Prayer: The Second Pillar of Islam  

Interacting with God through Food and Fasting: The Third Pillar of Islam  

THINK World Religions: Islam and Ritual Purity  

Sufism: Mystical Interaction with the Sacred 

Religion + Poetry: The Poet Rumi  

THINK World Religions: The Intoxication of Qalandar  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Giving to the Poor: The Fourth Pillar of Islam  

The Hajj: The Fifth Pillar of Islam  

Jihad in a Modern World?  

Conclusion  

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 15:   Religions of Place:  A Sacred World Around Us

A Sacred Place: The Tipi  

Is There a God?  

A Sacred Action: Black Elk’s Vision  

THINK World Religions: Glooskap the Divinity  

The Medicine Wheel  

THINK World Religions: Sacred Land and Sacred Power Across the Globe  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred? How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Sacred Words  

From Words to Steps: The Vision Quest  

Steps Become Ritual: The Sun Dance  

American Indian Spirituality Meets Christian Spirituality: Is God Red or White?  

Breaking the Sacred Bonds of the Land: Native Americans and the U.S. Government  

Thinking About Indigenous World Religions 

THINK World Religions: Casinos and Native American Life 

Conclusion 

Visual Summary  

Chapter Review  

 

Chapter 16:   New Religions:  A Quest for the Sacred

A Sacred Place: Stonehenge  

A Sacred Action: The Blessing Ceremony  

Defining the New Religious Movements  

Is There a God?  

A New Path for Christianity: The Unification Movement  

Wicca and the New Age: Ancient Magick for a Modern Era  

Religion + Violence: New Religious Movements + Violence 5 Cults?  

Religion + The Supernatural: UFOlogy  

What Does It Mean to Be Human?  

Unificationism  

Wicca and the New Age  

How Do Humans Interact with the Sacred?  

Unificationism  

Wicca and the New Age  

How Does the Sacred Become Community?  

Unificationism  

Wicca and the New Age  

Community and Celebrity in the New Age  

Religion + Controversy: Religious Pluralism  

Conclusion: Thinking about New Religious Movements  

Visual Summary 

Chapter Review

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