History of the World's Religions

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For courses in History of World Religions or Introduction to World Religions. A History of the World's Religions gives students an accurate look at the religions of the world by including descriptive and interpretive details from the original source materials, and to bridge the interval between the founding of religions and their present state. Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, Noss'sA History of the World's Religionsis widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough yet manageable history of world religion available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts. The book's depth, breadth, and organization free instructors from having to cover everything in lectures, enabling them to select specific assignments and use class time for questions, discussion, and their own favorite materials.

Table of Contents

Some Primal and Bygone Religions
Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures
Beginnings: Religion in Prehistoric Cultures
Basic Terminology: Characterisitics of Religion in Primal Cultures
Case Study: The Dieri of Southeast Australia
Case Study: The BaVenda of South Africa
Case Study: The Cherokees of the Southeastern Woodlands
Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West
Europe Beyond the Alps
Mesoamerica: The Maya
The Religions of South Asia
Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union
The Religion of the Vedic Age
Brahmanism, Caste, and Ceremonial Life
Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior
Changes in Brahmanism: The Four Goals and the Three Ways
The Ordered Society: The Way ofWorks
The Reflective Mode: The Way of Knowledge, the Upanishads
The Reflective Models: The Six Acceptable Systems
The Devotional Mode: The Way of Devotion, the Bhagavad Gita
The Devotional Models: Epics, Puranas, and Deities
The Devotional Life
Issues and Problems of the Present
Jainism: A Study in Asceticism
Mahaviras Manner of Life
Philosophy and Ethics of Jainism
Mahaviras Followers
Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation
Life of the Founder
The Teachings of the Buddha
The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana 186
The Spread of Buddhism in India and Southeast Asia
The Rise of the Mahayana in India
The Spread of Buddhism in Northern Lands
The Help-of-Others Message of the Mahayana
The Mahayana Philosophies of Religion
Mahayana Schools of Thought in China and Japan
Buddhism in Tibet
Buddhism Today
Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism
The Life and Work of Nanak
Nanaks Teaching
The Political History of Sikhism
The Religions of East Asia
Native Chinese Religion and Daoism
The Basic Elements of Chinese Religion
Daoism as a Philosophy (Dao-jia)
Daoism as Magic and Religion (Dao-jiao)
Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism
The Man Confucius
The Teachings of Confucius
The Confucian SchoolIts Rivals and Champions
The State Cult of Confucius
Religion in China in the Modern Period
Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion
The Background of Shinto
The Shinto Myth
Shinto in Medieval and More Recent Times
State Shinto to 1945
Shinto and the Warrior
Shrine Shinto Today
Domestic and Sectarian Shinto
The Religions of the Middle East
Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism
Iranian Religion Before Zoroaster
The Life and Teachings of Zoroaster
The Religion of the Later Avesta
The Zoroastrians of the Present Day
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