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This anthology provides each of the major world religions with an opportunity to explain itself in its own terms, creating a sensitive and accurate picture of its teachings and beliefs. It allows readers to gain an "inside" understanding of origins, founders, and practicesand presents the religions as living faiths.Selected extracts relate religion to such current issues as gender, environment, and politics. Chapters explore indigenous sacred ways, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and more.For individuals desiring to learn more about the major world religions, and their impact around the world today.
Table of Contents
|Teaching and Learning Resources|
|Preface World Religions|
|Map World Religions Timeline|
|The academic study of world religions|
|The Study of World Religions|
|The Sacredness of Nature and Cosmic Religion|
|Materialistic perspectives on religion|
|The Future of an Illusion|
|Religion as the Opium of the People|
|God is Dead|
|Religious points of view|
|The Oneness of the Divine|
|The New Polytheism|
|The Ground of Being|
|Scientific perspectives on religion A Not-So-Random Universe|
|The Darwinian Account of Religion|
|Ritual, symbol, and myth Mandalas: Deity Unfolding in the World|
|The Ominous Sphere: A Transforming Dream|
|The Hero with a Thousand Faces|
|Myths as Symbols of Religious Beliefs: The Greek Virgin Birth of Perseus|
|Women and the feminine in religion 3|
|The Image of God as Dominating Other|
|The need for religion today|
|The Lost Dimension in Religion|
|Indigenous Sacred Ways|
|African sacred ways Of Water and Spirit|
|An African Boys Initiation|
|Some The Talking Drum: African Sacred Liturgy|
|Patron of Feminine Leadership|
|Aboriginal sacred ways Womens Health Rituals|
|Native North American sacred ways That Mountain Has Spirit by Southwest Indigenous Peoples 5|
|The Theft of Light by the Tsimshian Nation|
|The Great Vision by Black Elk, Lakota shaman|
|The Essence of Cosmic Man by Tlakaelel|
|Seeing with a Native Eye|
|The Hopi Message to the United Nations General Assembly|
|Typical Holy Ways Historical Outline|
|Sruti texts Hymn to Agni, God of Fire from the Rig Vedas|
|Hymn on Creation from the Rig Vedas Realise the Brahman from the Upanishads|
|Smrti texts I am the Beginning and the End from the Bhagavad Gita Rama, Sita, and Lakshman|
|Enter the Forest from the Ramayana Duties of the Four Castes from the Manu smrti|
|The Faithful Wife from the Manu smrti|
|Desire to Know the Brahman by Sankara Yoga Sutras|
|In Praise of Durga from the Siva Purana|
|The Way of Devotion from the Bhagavata Purana Songs of the saints|
|The World of Illusion|
|Worship Him in Silence|
|Without Krishna I Cannot Sleep|
|Modern texts Vision of the Mother|
|Contemporary issues Untouchability|
|The Secular Face of Hind|
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