Anthology of Living Religions, An (2nd Edition)

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This anthology provides each of the major world religions with an opportunity to explain itself in its own terms, creating a sensitive and accurate picture of its teachings and beliefs. It allows readers to gain an “inside” understanding of origins, founders, and practices–and presents the religions as living faiths. Selected extracts relate religion to such current issues as gender, environment, and politics. Chapters explore indigenous sacred ways, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and more. For individuals desiring to learn more about the major world religions, and their impact around the world today.

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This revised anthology of readings from the major world religions

draws together excerpts from key scriptures, teachings, traditional

stories, later writings, and contemporary articles to provide a unique

sense of each faith. Following the organization of the best-selling text

Living Religions, the second edition of An Anthology of Living Religions

gives each religion the opportunity to explain its history, beliefs, rituals,

and relevance in the modern world. For this second edition, the authors

have selected 45 new excerpts providing insight into today’s living

religions and the profound impact they have on the lives of people

around the globe.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

* 5 new and more accessible translations of major scriptures

* 45 thought-provoking new excerpts and original articles from

historical and contemporary sources

* Icons in text for cross-referring to the Sacred World:

Encounters with the World’s Religions CD-ROM

* Map and historical timeline of the world’s religions

* Revised final chapter focusing on important contemporary

religious issues such as globalization, ecology, violence,

fundamentalism, and universalism

* Revised introductions providing background information

* Discussion questions at end of each chapter promoting

further thought and study

* Updated information resources

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