The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction by Amanda Porterfield

The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction

byAmanda Porterfield

Paperback | November 1, 1997

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The Power of Religion is an engaging introduction to six religious traditions--Native American religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism--which recognizes the diversity of religious belief and offers both comparative and historical analysis. Genuinely accessible toundergraduates and general readers, it shows how various forms of these traditions are lived out in practice, experience, and community, presenting religions as conceivable ways of living and demonstrating how religious beliefs are integrally related to other aspects of life. Many chapters open witha description of a particular religious event or act that one might encounter today in the United States, where virtually all of the world's religions are now being practiced. The author discusses several of the historical developments each religion has undergone and considers how each of thereligions has changed in response to the climate of religious exchange and religious pluralism that exists in the United States today. The Power of Religion helps readers to understand the vitality and plausibility of religious belief, to draw comparisons between religions, and to reflect on thenature of religion and its role in society. It is ideal for courses in introduction to religion, world religions, and comparative religion, and will also appeal to general readers interested in religion.

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Amanda Porterfield is at Indiana University-Purdue University.

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Title:The Power of Religion: A Comparative IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Religious Practice1. Navajo Sandpainting2. The Roman Catholic Eucharist3. A Jewish Passover Seder4. Islamic Salat5. Puja to the Hindu Goddess Devi6. Buddhist ZazenPart Two: Experience7. Lakota Self-Sacrifice8. Presbyterian Grace9. Jewish Mysticism10. Islamic Jihad11. Experiencing God in the Hindu Bhagavadgita12. Meeting a Tibetan BuddaPart III: CommunityThe Power of Religious Communities

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