World Religions Today

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-11-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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World Religions Today is the only book to examine the effects of modernity and globalization on the daily practice by believers of the world's major religions. It is designed as the core textbook for university survey courses on world religions, usually offered in the first or second year.This particularly lively and thoughtful survey is now updated to cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the world. DT NEW : "Tales of Spiritual Transformation" boxes in each chapter, tell a story of someone whose life was changed through religious faith. Helps to personalize the religions being discussed. DT NEW: "Teachings of Religious Wisdom" boxes also in each chapter, allow each religion to speak for itself through primary source material. Students will find assistance in putting a vast array of data in context, through timelines of each religion and full-color maps, as well as a comprehensive glossary. Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading will help students examine what they have learned, then researchfurther.

Table of Contents

Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Expressions
The Great Transition: From Tribal Life to Urban Life and the Emergence of World Religions
The Great Religious Stories of the World
Modernization in Global Perspective
Modern Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation
Indigenous Religions
Origins of Homo Religiosus: Prehistory
Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife
Indigenous Religions Today
The Many Stories of Judaism: Sacred and Secular
Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy
Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era
Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era
Judaism and Modernity
Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Christian Diversity and the Road to Modernity
Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy
Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era
Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era
Christianity and Modernity
Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Islam: The Many Faces of the Muslim Experience
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism
Premodern Islam: The Formative Era
Premodern Islam: The Classical Era
Islam and Modernity
Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Islam: Postmodern Challenges
Encountering Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 BCE-900 CE)
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 CE-1500 CE)
Hinduism and Modernity
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Hindu Festival Practice
The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduism
Buddhism: Ways to Nirvana
Encounter with Modernity: Socially Engaged Buddhism
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era
The Core Doctrines
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmony
Encounter with Modernity: Postcolonial Confucian Economics
East Asian Religions in the Premodern Era
East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Era
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Globalization: From New to New Age Religions
New Religions
New Age Religions
East Goes West: Transcendental Meditation
West Goes East: The Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon and the Aum Shinrikyo Movement
Religious Postmodernism and Global Ethics
The Challenge of Postmodern Secular Relativism
The Future of Religion in an Age of Globalization
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