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Featuring work from expert contributors, World Religions: Western Traditions, Fourth Edition, provides students with an authoritative examination of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, ancient, indigenous, and new traditions. Accessible and engaging, this acclaimed text explores the origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, rituals and practices, influences on culture, and responses to modern challenges for each tradition.
* New chapter structures better reflect the uniqueness of each tradition
* Newly written chapters on Jewish and Christian traditions bring fresh perspectives to the volume
* A new "Recent Developments" section for every tradition provides more focus on contemporary issues
* A revised and updated "Current Issues" chapter better tackles key challenges facing Eastern traditions today
* Additional coverage of the role of women offers students a more inclusive overview of each tradition
* Dynamic pedagogical features including "Traditions at a Glance," "Document," "Focus," and "Sites" boxes, bolded key terms, maps, photographs, timelines, sites, text extracts, and further reading lists help bring each tradition to life for students
* New learning tools including chapter outlines, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and "Sacred Text" tables make difficult topics easier for students to understand
* An exceptional support package includes a Companion Website at www.oupcanada.com/Oxtoby, an Instructor's Manual, a Test Generator, PowerPoint-based slides, a Student Study Guide, and more
Ideal for courses in Western religions and comparative religions, World Religions: Western Traditions, Fourth Edition, combines a historically descriptive perspective with a spirit of sympathetic fascination.
The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this text, was Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Amir Hussain is Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Roy C. Amore is Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor.
Table of Contents
Brief Contents Full Contents Contributors Important Features of this Edition Preface and Acknowledgements 1. About Religion Basic Human Religion: Looking Both Ways from Stonehenge Looking Forward from Stonehenge What Is Religion? Why Study Religion? 2. Religions of the Ancient World Terminology Religiosity Prehistory Deities Understanding the World Negotiating the World Communing with the Divine Overcoming the World The End of Antiquity Recent Developments Summary 3. Jewish Traditions Jewish Identity as Ethnicity and Religion Earliest Jewish History: The Biblical Story The Second Temple Period (515 BCE-70 CE) Enter the Romans (63 BCE) Jewish Life under Islam: Seventh-Twelfth Century The Modern Period (18th Century to the Present) The Holocaust (1933-1945) Life-cycle Events Recent Developments Summary 4. Christian Traditions Origins Relations between Church and Society Authority in the Early Church The Development of Orthodoxy Relations between East and West Practice Eastern Orthodoxy Medieval Christianity Saints The Early Modern Era The Modern Era Recent Developments Summary 5. Muslim Traditions Beginnings Foundations Practice Variations The Spread of Islam Cultural Expressions Towards the Modern World Recent Developments Summary 6. Indigenous Traditions "Indigenous Religion" Transmission Practice Cultural Expressions Colonialism Recent Developments Summary 7. New Religions and Movements Defining New Religions, Sects, and Cults New Religions from the East Religions Arising from the Abrahamic Lineage Religions Inspired by Other Forms of Spirituality The New Age Movement Summary 8. Current Issues Religion and Politics Fundamentalism Bioethics The Environment Gender and Sexuality Religious Diversity Credits Index