History of the World's Religions, A Plus MyReligionLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2011-10-17
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A History of the World's Religions Shown Through Original Sources A History of the World's Religionsbridges the interval between the founding of religions and their present state, and gives students an accurate look at the religions of the world by including descriptive and interpretive details from the original source materials. Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, A 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. Teaching and Learning Experience Personalize Learning- MyReligionLabdelivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking- A wealth of integrated primary source passages quoted from sacred texts give students an accurate look at the religions of the world by including descriptive and interpretive details Engage Students- All source materials within A History of the World's Religionsare accompanied by explanatory comments. In addition, helpful glossaries and bolded terms help enrich students’ understanding of the world’s major religions. Support Instructors- Teaching your course just got easier! You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor’s Manual, Electronic “MyTest” Test Bank or PowerPoint Presentation Slides. PLUS, The book's depth, breadth, and organization frees 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. Note:MyReligionLab does no come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyReligionLab, please visitwww.MyReligionLab.comor you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MyReligionLab (VP ISBN-10: 0205007554, VP ISBN-13: 9780205007554)

Author Biography

David S. Noss taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Heidelberg College from 1950 until his retirement in 1989, although he continued teaching students and advising faculty until his passing in 2010. Dr. Noss studied at Franklin and Marshall College, the Pacific School of Religion, Lancaster Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he earned a Ph.D. in Religion and the Arts in 1952.


Blake Grangaard earned his B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He was a church pastor for almost 10 years before turning to academia. Dr. Noss has taught at Heidelberg College since 1996 and teaches most of the Religion classes, as well as an Honors seminar on Religion and Literature and an interdisciplinary core general education class on Religion and Politics.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Some Primal and Bygone Religions

Chapter 1          Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures

Chapter 2          Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark on the West


PART 2 The Religions of South Asia

Chapter 3          Early Hinduism: The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice to Mystical Union

Chapter 4          Later Hinduism: Religion as the Determinant of Social Behavior

Chapter 5          Jainism: A Study in Asceticism

Chapter 6          Buddhism in Its First Phase: Moderation in World Renunciation

Chapter 7          The Religious Development of Buddhism: Diversity in Paths to Nirvana

Chapter 8          Sikhism: A Study in Syncretism


PART 3 The Religions of East Asia

Chapter 9          Native Chinese Religion and Daoism

Chapter 10        Confucius and Confucianism: A Study in Optimistic Humanism

Chapter 11        Shinto: The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion


PART 4 The Religions of the Middle East

Chapter 12          Zoroastrianism: A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism

Chapter 13        Judaism in Its Early Phases: From Hebrew Origins to the Exile

Chapter 14        The Religious Development of Judaism

Chapter 15        Christianity in Its Opening Phase: The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective

Chapter 16        The Religious Development of Christianity

Chapter 17        Islam: The Religion of Submission to God: Beginnings

Chapter 18        The Sh `ah Alternative and Regional Developments



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