9781845532178

Religions in Focus: New Approaches to Tradition and Contemporary Practices

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    9781845532178

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/8/2014
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Religions in Focus engages with the religious lives of members of some of the most significant religions today. It presents religions as contemporary ways of life that motivate and inspire people. Because religious people refer to sacred texts, honour the founders of their religions, learn from elders, or mould their lives according to authoritative teachings, Religions in Focus explains the relationship between tradition and contemporary practice. It offers an introduction to religions that is rooted in the best scholarship of the Study of Religions and provides a secure foundation for further study. A team of Religious Studies scholars from many countries, all skilled communicators about the contemporary religions with which they are thoroughly familiar, introduce what it means to live as a religious person today. They insist that however old or young these religions may be, what is most interesting is the ways in which people express them today. This is not a history of religions but an insightful introduction to living religions. A guide to further study and a companion website will point to ways of building on knowledge gained in studying this book, and applying skills developed in studying people's religious lives.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Zoroastriansp. 11
Sikhsp. 39
Shamans and Animistsp. 55
Practitioners of Indigenous Religions in Africa and the African Diasporap. 75
Pagansp. 101
Muslimsp. 121
Latter-day Saintsp. 143
Koreans' "New" Religious Concernsp. 157
Jewsp. 173
Japanese Religionistsp. 195
Jainsp. 217
Indigenous Religionists in North Americap. 237
Hindusp. 257
Christiansp. 273
Chinese Religionistsp. 295
Buddhistsp. 315
Baha'isp. 335
Subject Indexp. 357
Names Indexp. 363
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