Living Religions: A Brief Introduction

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For courses in World Religions, Comparative Religions, or Introduction to Religion. This concise edition provides a sympathetic approach to what is living and significant in the religions of the modern world. This brief survey explores the historical development and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions and new religious movements, and considers how each of these has evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices.

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Living Religions: A Brief Introduction is a brief edition of Living Religions, fourth edition. It presents a stimulating survey of today's religious world. Exploring the historical developments and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions, and new religious movements, this brief edition considers how each of these traditions has evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices. It examines the changing nature of each religion, the spread of religious pluralism, and the movement toward interfaith dialogue.

With the help of a team of specialist consultants in each faith, and drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, Mary Pat Fisher gives a fresh and challenging insight into how believers of today's faiths perceive their religion and its role in the changing world in which they live.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Seven feature boxes on religious figures in public life.
  • Quotes from contemporary teachers and practitioners of each faith.
  • Coverage of the role of women in each tradition.
  • Coverage of the socio-political context of contemporary religious practice.
  • Map and timeline providing the geographical and historical context for each religion.

About the Author:

Mary Pat Fisher is the author of many college textbooks on religion, including the best-selling Living Religions, as well as textbooks on art and social sciences. Since childhood she has had a deep interest in lived spirituality, an interest that was especially kindled by a near-death experience when she was thirty. She has traveled widely and done intensive spiritual practice under the guidance of Sufi, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, Daoist, Christian, and Sikh teachers. Since 1991, she has been living and doing spiritual practice in India at Gobind Sadan (“The House of God without walls”), a unique international, interfaith, and inter-caste community.

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