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A History of the World's Religion

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Edition:
10th
ISBN13:

9780130105325

ISBN10:
0130105325
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, this text is widely regarded as the hallmark of fairness and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough, yet concise history of world religions available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts. The book's depth, breadth, and organization free instructors from having to cover everything in lectures, enabling them to select specific assignments and use class time for questions, discussion, and their own favorite materials.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Part 1 Some Primal and Bygone Religions 1(74)
CHAPTER 1 Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures
2(34)
I. Beginnings: Religion in Prehistoric Cultures
2(6)
II. Basic Terminology: Characteristics of Religion in Primal Cultures
8(10)
III. Case Study: The Dieri of Southeast Australia
18(6)
IV. Case Study: The BaVenda Of South Africa
24(3)
V. Case Study: The Cherokees of the Southeastern Woodlands
27(8)
Glossary
35(1)
CHAPTER 2 Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West
36(39)
I. Mesopotamia
36(7)
II. Greece
43(13)
III. Rome
56(6)
IV. Europe Beyond the Alps
62(6)
V. Mesoamerica: The Maya
68(6)
Glossary
74(1)
Part 2 The Religions of South Asia 75(174)
CHAPTER 3 Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union
76(26)
I. The Religion of the Vedic Age
77(10)
II. Brahmanism, Caste, and Ceremonial Life
87(12)
Glossary
99(3)
CHAPTER 4 Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior
102(46)
I. Changes in Brahmanism: The Four Goals and the Three Ways
103(3)
II. The Ordered Society: The Way of Works
106(2)
III. The Reflective Mode: The Way of Knowledge, the Upanishads
108(3)
IV. The Reflective Models: The Six Acceptable Systems
111(6)
V. The Devotional Mode: The Way of Devotion, the Bhagavad Gita
117(5)
VI. The Devotional Models: Epics, Puranas, and Deities
122(10)
VII. The Devotional Life
132(5)
VIII. Issues and Problems of the Present
137(9)
Glossary
146(2)
CHAPTER 5 Jainism: A Study in Asceticism
148(12)
I. Mahavira's Manner of Life
150(3)
II. Philosophy and Ethics of Jainism
153(3)
III. Mahavira's Followers
156(3)
Glossary
159(1)
CHAPTER 6 Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation
160(22)
I. Life of the Founder
161(9)
II. The Teachings of the Buddha
170(10)
Glossary
180(2)
CHAPTER 7 The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana
182(54)
I. The Spread of Buddhism in India and Southeast Asia
184(8)
II. The Rise of the Mahayana in India
192(2)
III. The Spread of Buddhism in Northern Lands
194(5)
IV. The Help-of-Others Message of the Mahayana
199(3)
V. The Mahayana Philosophies of Religion
202(6)
VI. Mahayana Schools of Thought in China and Japan
208(13)
VII. Buddhism in Tibet
221(6)
VIII. Buddhism Today
227(7)
Glossary
234(2)
CHAPTER 8 Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism
236(13)
I. The Life and Work of Nanak
237(3)
II. Nanak's Teaching
240(2)
III. The Political History of Sikhism
242(5)
Glossary
247(2)
Part 3 The Religions of East Asia 249(100)
CHAPTER 9 Native Chinese Religion and Daoism
250(34)
I. The Basic Elements of Chinese Religion
250(12)
II. Daoism as a Philosophy (Dao-jia)
262(10)
III. Daoism as Magic and Religion (Dao-jiao)
272(11)
Glossary
283(1)
CHAPTER 10 Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism
284(38)
I. The Man Confucius
285(3)
II. The Teachings of Confucius
288(12)
III. The Confucian School--Its Rivals and Champions
300(12)
IV. Neo-Confucianism
312(4)
V. The State Cult of Confucius
316(2)
VI. Religion in China in the Modern Period
318(3)
Glossary
321(1)
CHAPTER 11 Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion
322(27)
I. The Background of Shinto
323(3)
II. The Shinto Myth
326(2)
III. Shinto in Medieval and More Recent Times
328(6)
IV. State Shinto to 1945
334(5)
V. Shinto and the Warrior
339(3)
VI. Shrine Shinto Today
342(1)
VII. Domestic and Sectarian Shinto
343(4)
Glossary
347(2)
Part 4 The Religions of the Middle East 349(247)
CHAPTER 12 Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism
350(22)
I. Iranian Religion Before Zoroaster
351(2)
II. The Life and Teachings of Zoroaster
353(5)
III. The Religion of the Later Avesta
358(7)
IV. The Zoroastrians of the Present Day
365(5)
Glossary
370(2)
CHAPTER 13 Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile
372(36)
I. The Religion of the Pre-Mosaic Hebrews
373(3)
II. Moses and the Covenant with Yahweh (About 1250 B.C.E.)
376(6)
III. Yahweh and the Baals
382(5)
IV. Prophetic Protest and Reform
387(13)
V. The Babylonian Exile
400(6)
Glossary
406(2)
CHAPTER 14 The Religious Development of Judaism
408(34)
I. The Rise of Judaism in the Restoration Period
408(6)
II. New Trends of Thought in the Greek and Maccabean Periods
414(6)
III. The Roman Period to 70 C.E.
420(2)
IV. The Great Dispersion
422(2)
V. The Making of the Talmud
424(3)
VI. The Jews in the Middle Ages
427(7)
VII. Judaism in the Modern World
434(7)
Glossary
441(1)
CHAPTER 15 Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective
442(30)
I. The World into which Jesus Came
442(4)
II. The Life of Jesus: The First Phase
446(4)
III. The Themes of Jesus' Teaching
450(6)
IV. The Climactic Events
456(4)
V. The Apostolic Age
460(6)
VI. The Early Church (50-150 C.E.)
466(4)
Glossary
470(2)
CHAPTER 16 The Religious Development of Christianity
472(56)
I. The Ancient Catholic Church (150-1054 B.C.E.)
472(13)
II. The Eastern Orthodox Churches
485(3)
III. The Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages
488(9)
IV. The Protestant Reformation
497(10)
V. The Catholic Reformation
507(2)
VI. Crosscurrents in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
509(3)
VII. Eastern Orthodoxy in the Modern World
512(1)
VIII. Catholicism in the Modern World
513(4)
IX. Protestantism in the Modern World
517(7)
X. Recent Theological Trends
524(2)
Glossary
526(2)
CHAPTER 17 Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings
528(36)
I. Arabian Beliefs and Practices Before Muhammad
529(4)
II. The Prophet Muhammad
533(6)
III. The Faith and Practice of Islam
539(9)
IV. The Spread of Islam
548(3)
V. The First Five Centuries of Muslim Thought
551(12)
Glossary
563(1)
CHAPTER 18 The Shi ah Alternative and Regional Developments
564(32)
I. The Party (Shi ah) of 'Ali
564(8)
II. Further Developments
572(2)
III. Islam and Culture
574(3)
IV. Issues in the Modern Period
577(4)
V. Regional Developments
581(11)
VI. Movements Towards Innovation and Syncretism
592(3)
Glossary
595(1)
References for Quotations 596(11)
Suggestions for Further Reading 607(13)
Index 620


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