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Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions,9780130107350
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Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions

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9780130107350

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0130107352
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Pub. Date:
2/1/1999
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

For freshman/sophomore-level courses in World Religions. This classic, balanced introduction to world religion combines factual information with empathetic writing to capture the ever-evolving wonder, flavor, and beauty of the teachings, practices, and institutions of the world's diverse spiritual traditions and cultures.

Table of Contents

PREFACE xiii
CHAPTER 1 UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD'S RELIGIOUS HERITAGE
1(27)
Chapter Objectives
1(1)
A New Day of Religious Encounters
2(1)
Doors and Windows to the Ultimate
3(4)
Three Forms of Religious Expression
7(6)
Descriptive and Critical Approaches
13(1)
Periods in Religious History
14(7)
Women in the World Religions
21(1)
Fundamental Features of Religions
22(2)
Every Religion a Collection of Tensions
24(1)
Summary
25(1)
Questions for Review
25(1)
Suggested Readings on the Study of World Religions
26(2)
CHAPTER 2 THE SACRED IN NATURE Cosmic Religions of Prehistoric and Tribal Peoples
28(27)
Chapter Objectives
28(1)
The First Human Faiths
29(4)
Gods, Spirits, and the World
33(1)
Initiations
34(2)
Shamans
36(6)
Archaic Hunters and Gatherers
42(2)
Archaic Farmers
44(6)
Summary
50(2)
Questions for Review
52(1)
Suggested Readings on Prehistoric and Tribal Religions
53(2)
CHAPTER 3 LIFE AGAINST TIME The Spiritual Paths of India
55(68)
Chapter Objectives
55(1)
The Face of India
56(1)
Understanding Hinduism
57(3)
The Religion of the Ancient Aryans
60(6)
The Upanishads
66(5)
A Time of Spiritual Ferment
71(4)
The New Hinduism
75(6)
Advaita Vedanta and Tantrism
81(2)
Devotional Hinduism
83(10)
The Practice of Hinduism
93(5)
Modern Hinduism
98(2)
Women in Hinduism
100(10)
Other Religions of India
110(4)
Hinduism in America
114(1)
Summary
115(2)
Questions for Review
117(1)
Suggested Readings on the Religions of India
118(5)
CHAPTER 4 WISDOM EMBARKED FOR THE FARTHER SHORE The Journey of Buddhism
123(55)
Chapter Objectives
123(1)
A Religion of Transformation of Consciousness
124(1)
The Life of the Buddha
125(4)
Basic Buddhist Teaching
129(3)
No Self and the Four Noble Truths
132(3)
Theravada Buddhism
135(6)
Mahayana Buddhism
141(10)
Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism
151(5)
Chan or Zen Buddhism
156(3)
Pure Land Buddhism
159(1)
Women in Buddhism
160(10)
Buddhism in America
170(2)
Summary
172(1)
Questions for Review
173(1)
Suggested Readings on Buddhism
174(4)
CHAPTER 5 DRAGON AND SUN Religions of East Asia
178(81)
Chapter Objectives
178(1)
The East Asian Spiritual World
179(2)
Chinese Religion
181(35)
Ancient China
181(2)
The Dao--Foundational to Confucianism and Daoism
183(1)
Confucianism
184(12)
Daoism (Taoism)
196(10)
Buddhism in China
206(4)
Religion in Traditional China--A Syncretistic Practice
210(2)
Religion in the People's Republic of China
212(4)
Women in Chinese Religion
216(10)
Women in Classical Confucianism
217(3)
Women in Daoism (Taoism)
220(2)
The "Golden Lotuses"--Foot Binding in China
222(3)
Chinese Women in Buddhism
225(1)
Women in the People's Republic of China
225(1)
The Influence of Daoism in America
226(2)
Japanese Religion
228(18)
Shinto in Japan
228(6)
Buddhism in Japan
234(7)
Confucianism in Japan
241(1)
Syncretism in Japanese Religion
242(2)
The New Japanese Religions
244(2)
Women in Japanese Religion
246(3)
Religion in Korea
249(1)
Religion in Vietnam
250(1)
Summary
251(1)
Questions for Review
252(1)
Suggested Readings on East Asian Religion
253(6)
CHAPTER 6 ONE GOD, MANY WORDS AND WONDERS The Family of the Three Great Monotheistic Religions and Zoroastrianism
259(11)
Chapter Objectives
259(1)
The Nature of Monotheistic Religion
260(5)
Zoroastrianism
265(4)
Questions for Review
269(1)
Suggested Readings on Zoroastrianism
269(1)
CHAPTER 7 KEEPING COVENANT WITH GOD IN HISTORY The Unique Perspective of Judaism
270(31)
Chapter Objectives
270(1)
Jewish Uniqueness
271(1)
The Ancient Story of Judaism
272(5)
From the Second Temple to the Talmud
277(2)
Medieval and Modern Judaism
279(4)
Jewish Beliefs
283(3)
Jewish Life
286(2)
Festivals and Practices
288(3)
Women in Judaism
291(6)
Summary
297(1)
Questions for Review
298(1)
Suggested Readings on the Hebrew Scriptures and Judaism
298(3)
CHAPTER 8 SPREADING THE WORD OF GOD IN THE WORLD The Growth of Christianity
301(76)
Chapter Objectives
301(1)
The Scope of Christianity
302(1)
Jesus
303(2)
The Early Jesus Movement
305(2)
Paul
307(1)
Christianity in the Roman World
308(4)
The Christian Triumph
312(2)
The Foundations of Medieval Christianity
314(4)
Medieval Christendom
318(4)
The Reformation and Luther
322(3)
Calvin
325(1)
The English Reformation
326(1)
Radical Reform
327(4)
The Catholic Reformation
331(1)
Christian Mysticism and Devotion
332(2)
Eastern Orthodoxy
334(3)
Roman Catholicism
337(5)
Protestantism
342(2)
Christianity in America: A Wellspring of Denominationalism
344(6)
The Modern Expansion of Christianity
350(4)
Women in Christianity
354(15)
Christianity in the World Today
369(1)
Summary
370(1)
Questions for Review
371(1)
Suggested Readings on Christianity
372(5)
CHAPTER 9 SUBMITTING TO THE WILL OF GOD The Building of the House of Islam
377(56)
Chapter Objectives
377(1)
The Meaning of Islam
378(2)
Muhammad
380(2)
The Qur'an
382(5)
The Five Pillars of Islam
387(4)
Prayers and Mosques
391(3)
Historic Islam
394(2)
Features of Classic Islamic Civilization
396(6)
Sunni Islam
402(1)
Shi'a Islam
402(6)
Islamic Mysticism
408(4)
Islam in the World Today
412(5)
Islam in America
417(1)
Women in Islam
418(9)
Summary
427(2)
Questions for Review
429(1)
Suggested Readings on Islam
430(3)
CHAPTER 10 SPIRITS RISING New Religious Movements
433(15)
Chapter Objectives
433(1)
The World of New Religions
434(1)
Types of New Religions
435(7)
New Religions around the World
442(1)
Features of New Religious Movements
443(2)
Summary
445(1)
Questions for Review
445(1)
Suggested Readings on New Religious Movements
446(2)
CHAPTER 11 LOOKING OVER THE SPIRITUAL HORIZON Religion Today and Tomorrow
448(13)
Chapter Objectives
448(1)
Things Old and New
449(1)
Factors Affecting Religion Today
450(5)
Religious Trends Today
455(4)
Religious Futures
459(1)
Questions for Review
460(1)
APPENDIX STUDYING WORLD RELIGIONS 461(4)
I. Writing a Term Paper 461(2)
II. Writing a Religious Visit Paper 463(2)
GLOSSARY 465(8)
NOTES 473(22)
PHOTO CREDITS 495(1)
INDEX 496


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