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David S. Noss taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Heidelberg College from 1950 until his retirement in 1989, although he continued teaching students and advising faculty until his passing in 2010. Dr. Noss studied at Franklin and Marshall College, the Pacific School of Religion, Lancaster Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he earned a Ph.D. in Religion and the Arts in 1952.
Blake Grangaard earned his B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He was a church pastor for almost 10 years before turning to academia. Dr. Noss has taught at Heidelberg College since 1996 and teaches most of the Religion classes, as well as an Honors seminar on Religion and Literature and an interdisciplinary core general education class on Religion and Politics.
PART 1 Some Primal and Bygone Religions
Chapter 1 Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures
Chapter 2 Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West
PART 2 The Religions of South Asia
Chapter 3 Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union
Chapter 4 Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior
Chapter 5 Jainism: A Study in Asceticism
Chapter 6 Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation
Chapter 7 The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana
Chapter 8 Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism
PART 3 The Religions of East Asia
Chapter 9 Native Chinese Religion and Daoism
Chapter 10 Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism
Chapter 11 Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion
PART 4 The Religions of the Middle East
Chapter 12 Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism
Chapter 13 Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile
Chapter 14 The Religious Development of Judaism
Chapter 15 Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective
Chapter 16 The Religious Development of Christianity
Chapter 17 Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings
Chapter 18 The Sh `ah Alternative and Regional Developments