Moral Traditions: An Introduction to World Religious Ethics

Mari Rapela Heidt

Published by Anselm Academic, 2010
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Synopsis: This introductory textbook on world religious ethics examines the moral traditions of the world's great religions. Students will see how the various major religions are practiced today, how religion shapes modern human behavior, and how each religious tradition considered is at work in the world today.

The six major religious traditions discussed in this book are:
·Hindu

·Buddhist

·Jewish

·Christian

·Islam

·Chinese

Also discussed are:

·Sikhism

·Jainism

·Bahá'í

·Shinto

Each of the six chapters on the major traditions serves as a short refresher course in the tradition, covering the history and general beliefs of the tradition, the tradition's approach to ethics and morality, what is sacred to each tradition, and how each communicates moral beliefs, principles, and practices. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further study.

From the Back Cover: "Why do they do that?"

Ignorance of religious and moral traditions beyond one's own inspires in many people misunderstanding and even fear. The question extends beyond matters of religious practice to what motivates people's actions. In Moral Traditions: An Introduction to World Religious Ethics, Mari Rapela Heidt discusses the moral traditions and ethical teachings of six key religious traditions, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Chinese, As well as the possibly less familiar Sikh, Jain, Bahá'í, and Shinto.

While one may act morally without being religious, religion is a powerful influence on human behavior. Learning about the history, art, and major beliefs of the world's many religious traditions is a good start but does not go far enough. One also needs to understand how those beliefs translate into human actions, and how one's own actions toward others are perceived. Misunderstandings of human actions breed

division and distrust, making this study of the moral underpinnings of the different religious traditions essential reading.

Moral Traditions: An Introduction to World Religious Ethics is a book that will both satisfy students' initial curiosity and spark in them an interest in learning more about the world's great religions, their ethical teachings and moral traditions.

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