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The Sacred Paths of the West,9780130293558

The Sacred Paths of the West

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Edition:
2nd
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9780130293558

ISBN10:
0130293555
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Thoroughly revised, The Sacred Paths of the West, Second Edition, includes the following features:

  • Up-to-date information and scholarly perspectives, including extensive suggestions for reading from recent publications.
  • A new chapter on Zoroastrianism, filling out the portrait of religions arising in the Mediterranean world.
  • Coverage of many diverse religions in clear family groupings based on geographical and historical connections.
  • A thematic and empathetic approach that encourages exploration of the personal meanings and experiences of people of different faiths.
  • Extensive quotations from the sacred scriptures of each religion, helping students to get a sense of the power and meaning of these sacred texts.
  • Significant material on artistic expressions in the different religious traditions.
  • Incorporation of women's experiences and leadership roles within the various religious traditions.
  • A chapter devoted to the rise of new religious movements.

Maps, timelines, discussion questions, and suggestions for further readings are some of the study features included in this book to help students understand the highly complex nature of the various religious traditions.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi
PART ONE Exploring the Sacred Paths 1(61)
Perspectives on Religious Experience
3(22)
Some Dimensions of Religious Experience
4(6)
Grouping the Religious Traditions
7(3)
Basic Human Concerns and Religious Responses
10(13)
Sacred Story and Historical Context
10(2)
Worlds of Meaning: Theoretical Teachings
12(4)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life
16(7)
Discussion Questions
23(2)
Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure
25(6)
The Story of Humankind
26(4)
Discussion Questions
30(1)
Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples
31(31)
Identity Through Sacred Stories
32(4)
Recounting the Sacred History
32(3)
Map • The Americas and the Pacific
35(1)
Worlds of Meaning of Indigenous Peoples
36(12)
Sacred Reality in Sky and Earth
36(4)
Map • African Peoples
40(1)
The World and Human Existence
41(3)
Paths of Healing and Transformation
44(4)
Ritual Activity and the Good Life
48(13)
Sacred Time, Ritual, and Art
48(6)
Society and the Good Life
54(4)
Modern Transformations of Indigenous Societies
58(3)
Discussion Questions
61(1)
PART TWO Religions Arising in the Mediterranean World 62(174)
Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece
65(9)
Ancient Egyptian Religion
65(3)
Cosmic Harmony and Human Existence
65(2)
Ritual and Ethical Life
67(1)
Map • Ancient Civilizations
68(1)
Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia
68(3)
Cosmic State and Human Service
69(1)
Ritual and Ethical Life
70(1)
Religion in Ancient Greece
71(2)
Worlds of Meaning in Ancient Greece
71(1)
Ritual Activities and the Good Life
72(1)
Discussion Questions
73(1)
The Zoroastrian Tradition
74(13)
Sacred Story and Historical Context
74(3)
Zarathustra's Life and Teachings
74(1)
Development of the Zoroastrian Tradition
75(2)
Zoroastrian Worlds of Meaning
77(3)
Supreme God and Lesser Divine Powers
77(2)
Creation and Human History
79(1)
The Path of Human Transformation
80(1)
Ritual and the Good Life for Zoroastrians
80(5)
Prayer, Rituals, and Art
80(4)
Community and Ethical Ideals
84(1)
Discussion Questions
85(2)
Jewish Sacred Story and Historical Context
87(20)
Foundations of the Jewish Story
87(11)
Beginnings: Israel, People of the Covenant
87(4)
The Promised Land and the Kingdom
91(1)
Map • Ancient Israel
92(2)
Decline of the Kingdom: The Prophets
94(1)
The Founding of Judaism
95(3)
Further Transformations of Judaism
98(8)
Jewish Life and Thought in Islamic Contexts
98(3)
Tragedy and Response in Christian Medieval Europe
101(2)
Emancipation, Enlightenment, and the Modern Age
103(3)
Discussion Questions
106(1)
Jewish Worlds of Meaning
107(12)
One God as Creator, Revealer, and Redeemer
107(3)
The Development of Monotheism
107(2)
Jewish Vision of the One God
109(1)
The World and Human Existence
110(4)
Creation and Preservation of the World
111(1)
The Shadow of Sin
112(2)
Following the Path of Torah
114(4)
God as Redeemer
114(1)
The Human Movement of Repentance
115(1)
On the Path of Transformation
116(1)
Universal Blessing, Now and Hereafter
117(1)
Discussion Questions
118(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Jews
119(14)
Jewish Rituals and Worship
119(6)
Sabbaths for Rest, Festivals for Rejoicing
119(3)
Mitzvot of Ritual and Worship
122(2)
Artistic Expression in Jewish Religious Life
124(1)
The Life of Torah: Jewish Community and Ethics
125(7)
The Jewish People
125(2)
The Life of Halakhah
127(2)
The Missions of Peoplehood
129(3)
Discussion Questions
132(1)
Christian Sacred Story and Historical Context
133(25)
Foundations of the Christian Story
133(10)
Jewish Roots of the Christian Way
133(1)
Life and Teachings of Jesus
134(4)
Crucifixion and Resurrection
138(2)
Beginnings of the Christian Church
140(3)
Further Transformations of the Christian Way
143(14)
The Early Christian Church in the Roman World
143(1)
Map • The Mediterranean World
144(4)
Medieval Christianity: The Age of Faith
148(3)
Renaissance and Reformation
151(4)
Christians in the Modern Period
155(2)
Discussion Questions
157(1)
Christian Worlds of Meaning
158(12)
Loving Parent and Triune God
158(3)
Seeing God's Face in Christ
158(1)
One God, Three Persons: The Trinity
159(2)
Creation and Human Existence
161(3)
The Nature of Creation
161(1)
Sin and Separation from God
162(2)
The Path: Salvation by Grace
164(5)
Saved by Jesus Christ
165(3)
The Way of Faith
168(1)
The Life of the World to Come
169(1)
Discussion Questions
169(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Christians
170(15)
Christian Worship and Ritual
170(6)
Breaking Bread and Praising God
170(2)
Festivals and Holy Days
172(1)
Worship in Daily Life
173(2)
Art in Christian Worship and Ritual
175(1)
The Life of Love: Society and Ethics
176(7)
The Society of the Church
176(3)
Sanctification of Life in Ethics
179(3)
Responsibility and Mission in the World
182(1)
Discussion Questions
183(2)
Muslim Sacred Story and Historical Context
185(25)
The Story of the Prophet and the Book
185(10)
The Times Before Muhammad
185(2)
Muhammad as the Final Prophet
187(3)
Establishing the Ummah in Medina
190(3)
A Religion for All Peoples: Expansion of Islam
193(1)
Map • The Spread of Islam
194(1)
The Islamic Ummah in History
195(13)
The Classical Period of Islam
195(7)
Medieval Empires: Stability and Flourishing Muslim Culture
202(1)
Reform Movements and the Modern World
203(4)
Map • The Contemporary Middle East and Surrounding Countries
207(1)
Discussion Questions
208(2)
Muslim Worlds of Meaning
210(11)
Allah, Lord of the Worlds
210(2)
Life Centered in One God
210(2)
Nature of the World and Humans
212(4)
The World as God's Creation
212(2)
Negligence and Unbelief
214(2)
Guidance on the Straight Path
216(4)
Islam as a Path of Knowledge
217(2)
Blessings Now and in the Life Hereafter
219(1)
Discussion Questions
220(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Muslims
221(15)
Ritual Worship and Sacred Times
221(8)
The Five Pillars
221(4)
Other Festivals and Rituals
225(2)
Art in Islamic Worship and Life
227(2)
The Life of Shari'ah: Society and Ethics
229(6)
Social Structure of Islam
229(2)
The Way of Shari'ah
231(3)
Transformation of Human Society
234(1)
Discussion Questions
235(1)
PART THREE Ongoing Explorations on the Sacred Paths 236(25)
New Religious Movements
238(16)
Spiritual Searching and Alternative Sacred Paths
238(4)
Rise of New Sectarian Movements
239(1)
Attraction to Alternative Paths in the West
240(2)
Nontraditional New Religious Movements
242(11)
New Sacred Paths: Nineteenth-Century Roots
242(5)
New Spiritual Movements of the Twentieth Century
247(6)
Discussion Questions
253(1)
Guideposts and Crossings on the Paths
254(7)
Discussion Questions
259(2)
Glossary 261(14)
Notes 275(4)
Suggestions for Further Reading 279(10)
Acknowledgments 289(2)
Index 291


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