WORLD RELIGIONS, Seventh Edition, methodically introduces readers to the richness and diversity of these traditions. The "Worldview" sections in particular make this the most helpful textbook for comparative analyses of the religions. In these sections, readers can see how the different religions approach a common set of ten themes that are fundamental to all traditions, including the nature of the Absolute, the place of humans in the world, rituals and symbols, and the prospects for life after death. Furthermore, this text combines insightful, engaging prose with maps, photographs, timelines, excerpts from sacred texts, and other helpful pedagogical aids that provide a comprehensive yet accessible survey of world religions. Warren Matthews thoughtful and balanced approach depicts the unique traditions and perspectives of diverse world religions with objectivity and respect.
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Warren Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he previously served as department chair and as dean of Student Affairs and vice president. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion. WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth Edition, has developed from his frequent conversations with members of diverse religions in classrooms, campuses, communities, and international travels as well as from his scholarly work.Review:
"This text concentrates on the two most important aspects for understanding religion from an academic standpoint -- historical development and worldview analysis."
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