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Cengage Advantage Books: Ways to the Center An Introduction to World Religions,9780534521202
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Cengage Advantage Books: Ways to the Center An Introduction to World Religions

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780534521202

ISBN10:
0534521207
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/5/2005
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning
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Summary

Striving to be the most student-friendly textbook in this field, Carmody's WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, 6th Edition weaves together rich historical, cultural, and theological detail into structural and philosophical sections that analyze each of the world's major religions in terms of its views on nature, society, self, and ultimate reality. The readily accessible text is designed for today's students and places a premium [on] the development of critical thinking. Combining both historical and systematic analyses, the book takes as its focus the theme of personal centeredness-a primary goal of each featured religion.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
What Is Religion?
1(24)
Definition of Religion
1(2)
Religion Versus Science?
3(2)
Religion Versus Other Values
5(1)
Components of Religion
6(4)
God or Gods?
10(2)
Religion Versus Government
12(2)
Sacred Writings
14(1)
Religious Roles
15(5)
Scholarly Approaches
20(5)
Tribal Religions
25(32)
Earliest Religion
27(2)
Common Themes in Tribal Religion
29(11)
The Sacred
29(1)
The Profane
30(1)
Animism
30(1)
Taboo
30(1)
Rites of Passage
31(1)
Sacrifice
32(1)
Magic
33(1)
Exorcism
33(1)
Healing
34(1)
Divination
34(1)
Creation Myths
35(1)
Tricksters
35(1)
Totems
36(1)
The High God
36(1)
Afterlife and Ancestors
36(1)
Megaliths
37(1)
The Shaman
38(2)
Australian Aborigines
40(2)
Inuits (Eskimo)
42(2)
Native Americans
44(4)
Africans
48(4)
Southeast Asians and Melanesians
52(2)
Polynesians
54(1)
Ainu
54(1)
Teutons
54(1)
Celts
55(2)
Religions of Ancient Civilizations
57(26)
Religious Themes
61(1)
Mesopotamia
62(2)
Egypt
64(9)
Case Study: Enuma Elish
65(2)
Case Study: Gilgamesh
67(6)
Iran
73(4)
New World Civilizations
77(6)
Hinduism
83(40)
History
83(28)
Pre-Vedic India
83(3)
Vedic India
86(6)
Case Study: The Isa Upanishad
92(3)
The Period of Native Challenge
95(4)
The Period of Reform and Elaboration
99(1)
Case Study: Stories from the Mahabharata
100(5)
The Period of Foreign Challenge
105(4)
Contemporary Hinduism: Popular Religion
109(2)
Worldview
111(8)
Nature
111(1)
Society
112(1)
Women's Status
113(1)
Self
114(2)
Case Study: The Hindu Child
116(1)
Ultimate Reality
116(3)
Summary: The Hindu Center
119(4)
Judaism
123(36)
History
124(22)
The Biblical Period
124(5)
Case Study: Jeremiah
129(4)
Rabbinic Judaism
133(5)
The Medieval Period
138(3)
The Modern Period
141(2)
Case Study: Hasidic Tales
143(3)
Worldview
146(11)
Nature
146(1)
Society
147(3)
Case Study: Jewish Rituals
150(2)
Self
152(2)
Case Study: Jewish Prayer
154(1)
Ultimate Reality
155(2)
Summary: The Jewish Center
157(2)
China and Japan
159(42)
History of China
159(24)
Pre-Axial Chinese Religion
159(6)
The Six Schools
165(5)
Case Study: The Cult of Confucius
170(11)
Communist Era
181(2)
The Chinese Worldview
183(4)
Nature
183(1)
Society
183(1)
Self
184(2)
Ultimate Reality
186(1)
Summary: The Chinese Center
187(1)
The History of Japan
187(6)
The Ancient-Formative Period
187(3)
Japan's Modern-Reformative Period
190(3)
Japanese Worldview
193(5)
Nature
194(1)
Society
195(1)
Self
196(1)
Ultimate Reality
197(1)
Summary: The Japanese Center
198(3)
Greek and Hellenistic Religion
201(20)
History
201(14)
The Earliest Religion
202(1)
The Olympian Pantheon
203(3)
Oracles and Divination
206(2)
The Older Mystery Cults
208(1)
Philosophy
209(4)
The Hellenistic Mystery Cults
213(2)
Worldview
215(4)
Nature and Ultimate Reality
215(1)
Society
216(1)
Women
217(1)
Self
217(2)
Summary: The Greek and Hellenistic Center
219(2)
Buddhism
221(40)
History
221(30)
Overview
221(1)
The Buddha
222(2)
The Dharma (Buddhist Doctrine)
224(1)
Dependent Co-arising and the Eightfold Path
224(4)
Early Buddhism
228(5)
Case Study: Theravada
233(2)
Tantrism
235(4)
The Demise of Indian Buddhism
239(1)
Buddhism in China
239(5)
Buddhism in Japan
244(2)
Case Study: The Diamond Sutra
246(2)
Contemporary Buddhist Rituals
248(3)
Worldview
251(7)
Nature
251(2)
Society
253(1)
Case Study: Nagarjuna
254(2)
Self
256(2)
Ultimate Reality
258(1)
Summary: The Buddhist Center
258(3)
Christianity
261(38)
History
261(27)
Jesus
261(6)
Case Study: Jesus' Parables
267(3)
The Early Centuries
270(4)
The Conciliar Age
274(4)
Relics and Saints
278(1)
Eastern Orthodox Churches
279(3)
The Medieval Period
282(2)
The Period of Reform
284(4)
Worldview
288(8)
Nature
288(2)
Society
290(1)
Self
291(2)
Ultimate Reality
293(3)
Summary: The Christian Center
296(3)
Islam
299(38)
History
299(21)
Muhammad
300(2)
Qur'anic Religion
302(2)
The Age of Conquest
304(1)
Case Study: Mary
305(4)
The Golden Civilization
309(3)
Case Study: Architecture and Poetry
312(3)
The Period of Division
315(2)
Late Empire and Modernity
317(1)
Case Study: Lessons from Iran
318(2)
Worldview
320(15)
Nature
320(2)
Society
322(3)
Self
325(1)
Case Study: Islamic Rituals
326(2)
Ultimate Reality
328(1)
Case Study: Muslim Saints
329(6)
Summary: The Muslim Center
335(2)
Modern Times
337(32)
Enlightenment
338(7)
Demythologization
339(1)
Modern Science
340(1)
Liberalism
341(2)
The U.S. Situation
343(1)
Marxism
343(1)
Existentialism
344(1)
Worldview
345(2)
Nature and Divinity in Humanistic Perspective
345(1)
Society and Self in Humanistic Perspective
345(2)
Summary: The Humanistic Center
347(1)
Responses to Secularism
348(15)
The Great Awakening and the Great Revival
349(1)
Pentecostalism
349(1)
Christian Science
350(1)
Apocalypticism
351(1)
Jehovah's Witnesses
351(1)
Seventh Day Adventists
352(1)
Communitarian Societies
353(1)
Mormonism
353(3)
Evangelicalism
356(2)
Ecumenism
358(1)
Cults
358(5)
Unity and Diversity
363(6)
Annotated Bibliography 369(11)
Index and Glossary 380


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