Religions of the World: An Introduction to Culture and Meaning

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Contemporary introductions to the study of religion generally align with either historical or phenomenological approaches. Increasingly, however, methodologies from the social sciences are being employed. This new survey text for comparative religion, authored and edited by Lawrence Sullivan, successfully marries traditional approaches with analysis drawn from anthropology and sociology to explain the making of meaning in leading religious traditions.

Within this full-color text, sacred space, ritual performance, and sacred texts figure in each religious tradition's portrait, along with historical overviews and phenomenological insights, to show the rich diversity of religious belief and practice. Distinctive in this volume are separate chapters on the diversity of Christianity across the globe. Features include numerous photographs of art and artifacts, maps, timelines, tables, textboxes, pedagogy, and a glossary.

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Lawrence E. Sullivan is currently President and CEO of The Fetzer Institute. He continues as Professor of World Religion at Notre Dame, has served as director of Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions, and is past president of the AAR (1996). Author of numerous books and winner of several fellowships, Sullivan was Associate Editor of the fifteen-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and helped establish the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan.

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"This well conceived and beautifully produced volume will give the reader a dependable introduction to the religions of the world." --Gary A. Anderson, University of Notre Dame

"Studies of world religions are typically multi-traditional and polymethodic—several traditions are investigated by a wide variety of methods. Most books, however, tend to focus on only one aspect. In this book, Professor Lawrence E. Sullivan and his colleagues bring these two solitudes together in such a riveting conversation that the readers will never tire of eavesdropping." --Arvind Sharma, McGill University

"Lawrence Sullivan has created a textbook with a pluralistic focus on Religions. He draws strength from a diverse group of scholars, including sociologists and anthropologists, who recognize that within every religious tradition there are multiple divisions and points of view. The text is accessible, readable, and punctuated with visual images that help to make the religions come to life." --Marla J. Selvidge, University of Central Missouri

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