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A World Religions Reader

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This updated third edition explores the unique nature of various faiths by combining excerpts from sacred texts with reflections from a range of classic and contemporary thinkers. By introducing worldviews, traditions and rituals, ethical dimensions, and modern expressions of the world's living faiths, it reflects the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century.A new edition of this popular Reader, which introduces students to the worldviews, traditions and rituals, ethical dimensions, and modern expressions of the major religions Combines excerpts from sacred texts with reflections from a range of classic and contemporary thinkers Significantly expands material on Christianity, with a greater emphasis on the diversity of the tradition as expressed in Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism Includes new chapters on: Emerging Religions, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Indigenous Religions Considers the profound impact of 9/11 on the major religions and the effect it has had on our perceptions and understanding of religion, and on interfaith communication Includes numerous student friendly features, such as key terms sections, and revision and comparative questions

Author Biography

Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including: the two-volume The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), Do Morals Matter? (2006), A Theology of Engagement (2004), and Encountering Religion (1998), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Christy Lohr's scholarly research focuses on the theology of religions debate and inter-religious dialogue. She is the Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Reviews in Religion & Theology and a contributor to The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009). She has served on the board of directors of the North American Interfaith Network and worked with the World Council of Churches where she coordinated its 2005 “Interfaith Education Project.”

Table of Contents

Purpose and Method.
Indigenous and Oral Traditions.
Chinese Religions.
Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism.
New Religious Movements.
Secular Humanism
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