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Ideal for courses in Western religions,Religions of the West Today,Second Edition, covers the same material contained in the authors' longer textbook,World Religions Today,Fourth Edition. Religions of the West Today,Second Edition, reveals the significance of religion in contemporary life. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous religions, and new religions are explored as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies.Thisunique volume accomplishes two goals: it connects today's Western religions to their classical beliefs and practices and focuses on how these religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world.The authors combine thorough coverage of the historical background of each religion with up-to-the-minute discussions of its current practices. This volume is enhanced by numerous pedagogical aids--text boxes, timelines, maps, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading--and more than 100 photographs and illustrations. NEW TO THIS EDITION: * Updates throughoutthat cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the world * "Rituals and Rites" boxesexamining rituals that have changed in practice or meaning over time * "Gender Focus" boxesthat highlight gender-specific customs within each faith * A revised and updated Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CDcontaining overviews, learning goals, and summaries for each chapter; lecture outlines; PowerPoint-based lecture slides; fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and true/false test questions; sample essay/discussion questions; flash cards of key terms; and suggested reading, viewing, and links * An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/espositofeaturing all of the material on the Instructor's Manual and additional resources for students ALSO AVAILABLE TO SUIT YOUR COURSE NEEDS: World Religions Today,Fourth Edition (978-0-19-975951-4) Religions of Asia Today,Second Edition (978-0-19-975949-1)
John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Darrell J. Fasching is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. Todd Lewis is Professor of World Religions at the College of the Holy Cross.
Table of Contents
|Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown||p. 3|
|Why Study World Religions?||p. 5|
|Our Task||p. 6|
|Understanding Religious Experience and Its Formative Elements||p. 7|
|The Great Religious Stories of the World||p. 18|
|Historical Overview: From Premodern to Postmodern||p. 25|
|The Modern/Postmodern Transition: Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity||p. 29|
|Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World||p. 33|
|Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation||p. 34|
|Discussion Questions||p. 34|
|Key Terms||p. 35|
|Indigenous Religions||p. 37|
|Origins of Homo religiosus: Prehistory||p. 38|
|Religion's Origins Among Hunter-Gatherers||p. 41|
|Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife||p. 48|
|Shamans: "Technicians of the Sacred"||p. 54|
|Indigenous Religions Today||p. 62|
|Discussion Questions||p. 71|
|Key Terms||p. 72|
|Suggested Readings||p. 72|
|Additional Resources||p. 73|
|The Many Stories of Judaism: Sacred and Secular||p. 75|
|Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy||p. 79|
|Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era (2000 BCE-500 CE)||p. 83|
|Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era (500 CE-1729 CE)||p. 101|
|Judaism and Modernity (1729-1967)||p. 115|
|Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World (1967-)||p. 128|
|Discussion Questions||p. 143|
|Key Terms||p. 144|
|Suggested Readings||p. 144|
|Additional Resources||p. 145|
|Christian Diversity and the Road to Modernity||p. 147|
|Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy (1859-)||p. 152|
|Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era (31-451 CE)||p. 157|
|Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era (451-1517 CE)||p. 172|
|Christianity and Modernity (1517-1962)||p. 182|
|Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World (1962-)||p. 199|
|Discussion Questions||p. 212|
|Key Terms||p. 212|
|Suggested Readings||p. 213|
|Additional Resources||p. 213|
|Islam: The Many Faces of the Muslim Experience||p. 215|
|Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism||p. 221|
|Premodern Islam: The Formative Era||p. 224|
|Premodern Islam: The Classical Era||p. 238|
|Islam and Modernity||p. 259|
|Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World||p. 265|
|Islam: Postmodern Challenges||p. 285|
|Discussion Questions||p. 292|
|Key Terms||p. 293|
|Suggested Readings||p. 294|
|Additional Resources||p. 295|
|Globalization: From New to New Age Religions||p. 297|
|Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Global Diversity to the "Purity" of Tradition||p. 299|
|New Religions||p. 300|
|New Age Religions||p. 307|
|Conclusion: The Postmodern Challenge-Can There Be a Global Ethic in a World of Religious Diversity?||p. 321|
|Discussion Questions||p. 334|
|Suggested Readings||p. 334|
|Additional Resources||p. 333|
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