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The Sacred Paths Of The West

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6/9/2005
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Summary

Unique in approach, Theodore M. Ludwig's The Sacred Paths of the West combines a historical-descriptive presentation of individual religions with a comparative-thematic approach. It begins with a discussion of the basic human questions and concerns relating to religion-for example, origin and identity, ultimate reality, human nature, and the good life-and then uses these essential concepts to help describe the beliefs, practices, and historical development of each religion.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition xi
Part ONE: Exploring the Sacred Paths
1(69)
Perspectives on the Religious Path
3(24)
Studying Religious Experience
3(3)
Some Dimensions of Religious Experience
6(4)
Basic Human Concerns and Religious Responses
10(15)
Sacred Story and Historical Context
11(2)
Worlds of Meaning: Theoretical Teachings
13(4)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life
17(8)
Discussion Questions
25(1)
Key Terms: Exploring the Sacred Paths
26(1)
Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure
27(7)
Story of Humankind Before History
28(3)
Religions of the Great Ancient Civilizations
31(2)
Discussion Questions
33(1)
Key Terms: Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure
33(1)
Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples
34(36)
Identity Through Sacred Stories
35(4)
Recounting the Tribal Sacred History
35(2)
Identifying with the Culture Heroes
37(1)
Map The Americas and the Pacific
38(1)
Worlds of Meaning of Indigenous Peoples
39(12)
Sacred Reality in Sky and Earth
39(4)
Map African Peoples
43(1)
The World and Human Existence
44(4)
Paths of Healing and Transformation
48(3)
Ritual Activity and the Good Life
51(16)
Sacred Time, Ritual, and Art
51(6)
Society and the Good Life
57(4)
Modern Transformations of Indigenous Societies
61(6)
Discussion Questions
67(1)
Key Terms: Sacred Paths Among Indigenous Peoples
68(2)
Part TWO: Religions Arising in the Mediterranean World
70(177)
Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece
73(9)
Ancient Egyptian Religion
73(3)
Cosmic Harmony and Human Existence
73(2)
Ritual and Ethical Life
75(1)
Map Ancient Civilizations
76(1)
Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia
76(3)
Cosmic State and Human Service
77(1)
Ritual and Ethical Life
78(1)
Religion in Ancient Greece
79(2)
Worlds of Meaning in Ancient Greece
79(1)
Ritual Activities and the Good Life
80(1)
Discussion Questions
81(1)
Key Terms: Religions of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece
81(1)
The Zoroastrian Tradition
82(13)
Sacred Story and Historical Context
82(3)
Zarathustra's Life and Teachings
82(1)
Development of the Zoroastrian Tradition
83(2)
Zoroastrian Worlds of Meaning
85(3)
Supreme God and Lesser Divine Powers
85(2)
Creation and Human History
87(1)
The Path of Human Transformation
88(1)
Ritual and the Good Life for Zoroastrians
88(5)
Prayer, Rituals, and Art
88(4)
Community and Ethical Ideals
92(1)
Discussion Questions
93(1)
Key Terms: Zoroastrianism
94(1)
Jewish Sacred Story and Historical Context
95(20)
Foundations of the Jewish Story
95(11)
Beginnings: Israel, People of the Covenant
95(4)
The Promised Land and the Kingdom
99(1)
Map Ancient Israel
100(2)
Decline of the Kingdom: The Prophets
102(1)
The Founding of Judaism
103(3)
Further Transformations of Judaism
106(8)
Jewish Life and Thought in Islamic Contexts
106(3)
Tragedy and Response in Christian Medieval Europe
109(1)
Emancipation and the Modern Age
110(3)
Continuing Struggles and Hopes
113(1)
Discussion Questions
114(1)
Jewish Worlds of Meaning
115(12)
One God as Creator, Revealer, and Redeemer
115(3)
The Development of Monotheism
115(1)
Jewish Vision of the One God
116(2)
The World and Human Existence
118(4)
Creation and Preservation of the World
118(2)
The Shadow of Sin
120(2)
Following the Path of Torah
122(4)
God as Redeemer
122(1)
The Human Movement of Repentance
123(1)
On the Path of Transformation
124(1)
Universal Blessing, Now and Hereafter
125(1)
Discussion Questions
126(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Jews
127(16)
Jewish Rituals and Worship
127(7)
Sabbaths for Rest, Festivals for Rejoicing
127(2)
Mitzvot of Ritual and Worship
129(3)
Healing and Medicine Among Jews
132(1)
Artistic Expression in Jewish Religious Life
133(1)
The Life of Torah: Jewish Community and Ethics
134(7)
The Jewish People
135(1)
The Life of Halakhah
136(2)
The Missions of Peoplehood
138(3)
Discussion Questions
141(1)
Key Terms: Judaism
141(2)
Christian Sacred Story and Historical Context
143(24)
Foundations of the Christian Story
143(10)
Jewish Roots of the Christian Way
143(1)
Life and Teachings of Jesus
144(3)
Crucifixion and Resurrection
147(3)
Beginnings of the Christian Church
150(3)
Further Transformations of the Christian Way
153(13)
The Early Christian Church in the Roman World
153(2)
Map The Mediterranean World
155(2)
Medieval Christianity: The Age of Faith
157(3)
Renaissance and Reformation
160(4)
Struggles with Modernity
164(1)
Christians in the World Today
165(1)
Discussion Questions
166(1)
Christian Worlds of Meaning
167(12)
Loving Parent and Triune God
167(3)
Seeing God's Face in Christ
167(1)
One God, Three Persons: The Trinity
168(2)
Creation and Human Existence
170(3)
The Nature of Creation
170(1)
Sin and Separation from God
171(2)
The Path: Salvation by Grace
173(5)
Saved by Jesus Christ
173(3)
The Way of Faith
176(2)
The Life of the World to Come
178(1)
Discussion Questions
178(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Christians
179(17)
Christian Worship and Ritual
179(7)
Breaking Bread and Praising God
179(1)
Festivals and Holy Days
180(2)
Worship in Daily Life
182(2)
Healing and Medicine Among Christians
184(1)
Art in Christian Worship and Ritual
185(1)
The Life of Love: Society and Ethics
186(7)
The Society of the Church
186(3)
Sanctification of Life in Ethics
189(3)
Responsibility and Mission in the World
192(1)
Discussion Questions
193(1)
Key Terms: Christianity
194(2)
Muslim Sacred Story and Historical Context
196(24)
The Story of the Prophet and the Book
196(9)
The Times Before Muhammad
196(2)
Muhammad as the Final Prophet
198(3)
Establishing the Ummah in Medina
201(3)
A Religion for All Peoples: Expansion of Islam
204(1)
The Islamic Ummah in History
205(14)
The Classical Period of Islam
205(1)
Map The Spread of Islam
206(6)
Medieval Empires: Stability and Flourishing Muslim Culture
212(2)
Reform Movements and the Modern World
214(2)
Map The Contemporary Middle East and Surrounding Countries
216(1)
Muslims in the World Today
217(2)
Discussion Questions
219(1)
Muslim Worlds of Meaning
220(10)
Allah, Lord of the Worlds
220(2)
Life Centered in One God
220(1)
God in the World
221(1)
Nature of the World and Humans
222(4)
The World as God's Creation
222(2)
Negligence and Unbelief
224(2)
Guidance on the Straight Path
226(3)
Islam as a Path of Knowledge
227(1)
Blessings Now and in the Life Hereafter
228(1)
Discussion Questions
229(1)
Ritual Practices and the Good Life for Muslims
230(17)
Ritual Worship and Sacred Times
230(8)
The Five Pillars
230(4)
Other Festivals and Rituals
234(2)
Muslim Views of Healing and Medicine
236(1)
Art in Islamic Worship and Life
237(1)
The Life of Shari'ah: Society and Ethics
238(7)
Social Structure of Islam
238(3)
The Way of Shari'ah
241(3)
Transformation of Human Society
244(1)
Discussion Questions
245(1)
Key Terms: Islam
245(2)
Part THREE: Ongoing Explorations on the Sacred Paths
247(24)
New Religious Movements
248(17)
Spiritual Searching and Alternative Sacred Paths
248(4)
Rise of New Sectarian Movements
249(1)
Attraction to Alternative Paths in the West
250(2)
Nontraditional New Religious Movements
252(11)
New Sacred Paths: Nineteenth-Century Roots
252(6)
New Spiritual Movements of the Twentieth Century
258(5)
Discussion Questions
263(1)
Key Terms: New Religious Movements
264(1)
Guideposts and Crossings on the Paths
265(6)
Discussion Questions
270(1)
Glossary 271(9)
Notes 280(3)
Suggestions for Further Reading 283(7)
Acknowledgments 290(2)
Index 292


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