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Ways to the Center : An Introduction to World Religions

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9780534519582

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10/10/2001
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Summary

Providing comprehensive coverage, WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, FIFTH EDITION, weaves together rich historical, cultural, and theological detail into structural and philosophical sections that analyze each religion in terms of its views on nature, society, self and ultimate reality. The text is designed to facilitate critical thinking and is centered on how today's students learn.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
What Is Religion?p. 1
Definition of Religionp. 1
Religion Versus Science?p. 3
Religion Versus Other Valuesp. 5
Components of Religionp. 7
God or Gods?p. 10
Religion Versus Governmentp. 12
Sacred Writingsp. 15
Religious Rolesp. 17
Scholarly Approachesp. 23
Tribal Religionsp. 29
Earliest Religionp. 31
Common Themes in Tribal Religionp. 33
The Sacredp. 33
The Profanep. 34
Animismp. 35
Taboop. 35
Rites of Passagep. 35
Sacrificep. 36
Magicp. 37
Exorcismp. 37
Healingp. 38
Divinationp. 38
Creation Mythsp. 39
Trickstersp. 39
Totemsp. 40
The High Godp. 40
Afterlife and Ancestorsp. 40
Megalithsp. 41
The Shamanp. 43
Australian Aboriginesp. 44
Inuits (Eskimos)p. 48
Native Americansp. 51
Africansp. 55
Southeast Asians and Melanesiansp. 60
Polynesiansp. 61
Ainup. 62
Teutonsp. 64
Celtsp. 65
Religions of Ancient Civilizationsp. 67
Religious Themesp. 71
Mesopotamiap. 72
Case Study: Enuma Elishp. 75
Case Study: Gilgameshp. 77
Egyptp. 79
Iranp. 84
New World Civilizationsp. 89
Hinduismp. 99
Historyp. 99
Pre-Vedic Indiap. 99
Vedic Indiap. 102
Case Study: The Isa Upanishadp. 109
The Period of Native Challengep. 112
The Period of Reform and Elaborationp. 118
Case Study: Stories from the Mahabharatap. 119
The Period of Foreign Challengep. 124
Contemporary Hinduism: Popular Religionp. 127
Worldviewp. 130
Naturep. 130
Societyp. 132
Selfp. 134
Case Study: The Hindu Childp. 136
Ultimate Realityp. 137
Summary: The Hindu Centerp. 140
Judaismp. 145
Historyp. 146
The Biblical Periodp. 146
Case Study: Jeremiahp. 151
Rabbinic Judaismp. 155
The Medieval Periodp. 161
The Modern Periodp. 164
Case Study: Hasidic Talesp. 165
Worldviewp. 169
Naturep. 169
Societyp. 170
Case Study: Jewish Ritualsp. 172
Selfp. 175
Ultimate Realityp. 177
Case Study: Jewish Prayerp. 178
Summary: The Jewish Centerp. 181
China and Japanp. 183
The History of Chinap. 183
Preaxial Chinese Religionp. 183
The Six Schoolsp. 187
Case Study: The Cult of Confuciusp. 193
The Communist Erap. 206
The Chinese Worldviewp. 208
Naturep. 208
Societyp. 208
Selfp. 209
Ultimate Realityp. 210
Summary: The Chinese Centerp. 211
The History of Japanp. 212
The Ancient-Formative Periodp. 212
Japan's Modern-Reformative Periodp. 216
The Japanese Worldviewp. 219
Naturep. 219
Societyp. 220
Selfp. 221
Ultimate Realityp. 222
Summary: The Japanese Centerp. 223
Greek and Hellenistic Religionp. 227
Historyp. 227
The Earliest Religionp. 228
The Olympian Pantheonp. 229
Oracles and Divinationp. 233
The Older Mystery Cultsp. 233
Philosophyp. 235
The Hellenistic Mystery Cultsp. 238
Worldviewp. 241
Nature and Ultimate Realityp. 241
Societyp. 243
Womenp. 243
Selfp. 244
Summary: The Greek and Hellenistic Centerp. 247
Buddhismp. 249
Historyp. 249
Overviewp. 249
The Buddhap. 250
The Dharma (Buddhist Doctrine)p. 253
Early Buddhismp. 256
Case Study: Theravadap. 259
Mahayanap. 260
Case Study: The Diamond Sutrap. 262
Tantrismp. 264
The Demise of Indian Buddhismp. 268
Buddhism in Chinap. 268
Buddhism in Japanp. 274
Contemporary Buddhist Ritualsp. 277
Worldviewp. 279
Naturep. 280
Societyp. 282
Selfp. 285
Ultimate Realityp. 286
Case Study: Nagarjunap. 287
Summary: The Buddhist Centerp. 288
Christianityp. 291
Historyp. 291
Jesusp. 291
Case Study: Jesus' Parablesp. 297
The Early Centuriesp. 300
The Conciliar Agep. 304
Eastern Orthodox Churchesp. 312
The Medieval Periodp. 315
The Period of Reformp. 317
Worldviewp. 322
Naturep. 322
Societyp. 325
Selfp. 326
Ultimate Realityp. 328
Summary: The Christian Centerp. 331
Islamp. 333
Historyp. 333
Muhammadp. 334
Qur'anic Religionp. 336
The Age of Conquestp. 338
Case Study: Maryp. 339
The Golden Civilizationp. 343
Case Study: Architecture and Poetryp. 346
The Period of Divisionp. 350
Late Empire and Modernityp. 351
Case Study: Lessons from Recent Iranp. 353
Worldviewp. 356
Naturep. 356
Societyp. 357
Selfp. 361
Case Study: Islamic Ritualsp. 362
Case Study: Muslim Saintsp. 366
Ultimate Realityp. 368
Summary: The Muslim Centerp. 371
Modern Timesp. 373
Enlightenmentp. 373
Demythologizationp. 374
Modern Sciencep. 375
Liberalismp. 377
The U.S. Situationp. 378
Marxismp. 379
Existentialismp. 380
Worldviewp. 380
Nature and Divinity in Humanistic Perspectivep. 380
Society and Self in Humanistic Perspectivep. 381
Summary: The Humanistic Centerp. 383
Responses to Secularismp. 384
The Great Awakening and the Great Revivalp. 384
Pentecostalismp. 385
Christian Sciencep. 386
Apocalypticismp. 386
Jehovah's Witnessesp. 387
Seventh Day Adventistsp. 387
Communistic Societiesp. 388
Mormonismp. 388
Evangelicalismp. 392
Ecumenismp. 394
Cultsp. 395
Unity and Diversityp. 398
Answers to Crossword Puzzlesp. 403
Glossaryp. 420
Annotated Bibliographyp. 438
Indexp. 448
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