Living Religions: A Brief Introduction by Mary Pat FisherLiving Religions: A Brief Introduction by Mary Pat Fisher

Living Religions: A Brief Introduction

byMary Pat Fisher

Paperback | October 6, 2011

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Reflecting modern religions in today’s changing world.

Living Religions: A Brief Introduction 3/e presents a highly readable and stimulating concise survey of the modern religious world though an emphasis on the personal consciousness of believers and their own accounts of their religion and relevance in contemporary life.  


Along with a team of specialist consultants in each faith, and drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, Mary Pat Fisher provides a fresh and challenging insight into the historical development and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions, and new religious movements.  She considers how the contemporary beliefs and practices of each of these traditions has evolved, and explores the changing nature of each religion; particularly the role of women, and the issues and controversies such as fundamentalism, violence, globalization, and interfaith initiatives. 



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In This Section:   I. Author Bio II. Author Letter     I. Author Bio   Mary Pat Fisher writes about all religions, not only from academic research, but also from her experiences with religions around the world.  Much of her knowledge comes from the unique interfaith community in India, Gobind Sadan, where she has lived since...
Title:Living Religions: A Brief IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.1 × 6.4 × 0.7 inPublished:October 6, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0205229700

ISBN - 13:9780205229703


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Religious Responses

Chapter 2: Indigenous Sacred Ways  

Chapter 3: Hinduism  

Chapter 4: Jainism  

Chapter 5: Buddhism  

Chapter 6: Daoism and Confucianism  

Chapter 7: Shinto and Zoroastrianism

Chapter 8: Judaism  

Chapter 9: Christianity  

Chapter 10: Islam  

Chapter 11: Sikhism  

Chapter 12: Religion in a New Era



Editorial Reviews

I think the Fisher text's comprehensive coverage of the basics of each religion is commendable. Even if I don't teach every religion in the book (an impossible feat), I still direct students to those chapters as reference or further information. -Professor Jonathan Tan, Xavier University   Plenty of examples are sited. Primary sources, personal interviews, etc. are all very useful for the students understanding of course topics. -Instructor Sarah McCombs, University of West Florida   I do like that the material is organized somewhat historically, splitting between the "east" and the "west." I do not need to skip up and down the various chapters, which I like. -Instructor Dorcas Chung, Folsom Lake College   The text is teachable in the sense that whereas Fisher does not problematize the information, the instructor has plenty of in-roads to do so while teaching. -Instructor Fotini Katsanos, University of North Carolina at Charlotte   For an introductory text, I find it to be very accurate and representative of a solid textbook. I have looked over MANY simliar texts in the same genre, yet I find myself coming back to Living Religions again and again. -Jon Brammer, Three Rivers Community College   The fisher text is good in providing both past and present persepctives. -Professor Leena Taneja, Stetson University