The Ways of Religion: An Introduction to the Major Traditions

Paperback | January 1, 1999

EditorRoger Eastman

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Revised and updated, the third edition of this highly acclaimed anthology surveys all the major religious traditions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and African religions--and also covers Zen Buddhism, Shinto, and the religious experience in America.Ideal for courses in world religions and comparative religion, it introduces the unique claims, hopes, and wisdom of each tradition in its own voice, through substantial excerpts from its scriptures, prophets, and authors. "I have tried to pay heed," Eastman writes in his Preface, "to A. C.Bouquet's warning of many years ago that the study of religion may sink to the level of collecting dead insects or pressed flowers, which in the process lose all their color and reality. There is not much excuse for a dreary book about a subject as inherently interesting and provocative as theworld's religions." The following selections are new to the third edition: Diana L. Eck's "Frontiers of Encounter," Barbara Stoler Miller on Yoga, R. K. Narayan's story "Chudala," Julia Ching's "Confucianism in Perspective," Thomas Merton on Chuang Tzu, Joseph M. Kitagawa's "The Way of the Kami," Ian Reader onShinto, Vincent Mulago on African Religions, and "A Personal Note" by John Hick.

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Revised and updated, the third edition of this highly acclaimed anthology surveys all the major religious traditions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and African religions--and also covers Zen Buddhism, Shinto, and the religious experience in America.Ideal for courses in world religions and compa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrefacePROLOGUEIntroductionDiana L. Eck: Frontiers of EncounterI. HINDUISM: Himalayas of the SoulSarvepalli Radhakrishnan: The Hindu View of LifeWendy Doniger O'Flaherty (translator): Hymns from the Rig VedaSwami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester (translators): Selections, The UpanishadsBarbara Stoler Miller (translator): Selections, Bhagavad-GitaBarbara Stoler Miller: Yoga: The Discipline of FreedomR. K. Narayan: ChudalaMahatma Gandhi: I Am But a Seeker After TruthII. BUDDHISM: Enlightenment, Compassion, NirvanaHeinrich Zimmer (translator): The Roar of AwakeningHeinrich Zimmer: BuddhahoodEdward Conze (translator): Selections, Buddhist Scriptures,Selections, The DhammapadaEdward Conze (translator): Buddhaghosa on the Recollection of DeathAnanda Coomaraswamy: The Mahayana and the Ideal of BodhisattvaWalpola Rahula: Buddhism As a Way of LifeThe Dalai Lama: Holder of the White LotusIII. ZEN BUDDHISM: The Sound of One HandD.T. Suzuki: The Essence of ZenRuth Fuller Sasaki: Zen Dust: The KoanGary Snyder (translator): Han-shan and Cold MountainPhilip B. Yampolsky (translator): Hakuin: Poor Hole-Dwelling DevilShunryu Suzuki: Be Like a FrogIV. CONFUCIANISM: An Ideal of Moral OrderConfucius and the Struggle for Human HappinessArthur Waley (translator): Selections, The AnalectsW.A.C.H. Dobson (translator): Selections, The Book of MenciusTu Wei-ming: Confucian Self-RealizationJulia Ching: Confucianism in PerspectiveHerbert Fingarette: A Confucian Metaphor--The Holy VesselV. Taoism: The Way to Do Is to BeFrederic Spiegelberg: The Old Master and His BookGia-fu Feng and Jane English (translators): Selections, Tao Te ChingThomas Merton: Selections, Chuang TzuLin Tung-chi: The Chinese Mind: Its Taoist SubstratumHuston Smith: Tao NowVI. SHINTO: The Way of the KamiEdwin O. Reischauer: Shinto and Japan: An OverviewJoseph M. Kitagawa: The Way of the KamiMotoori Norinaga: The True WayIan Reader: Beginnings, Births, Fertility, and FestivalsLafcadio Hearn: Glimpses of ShintoVII. JUDAISM: The Sanctification of LifeNicholas de Lange: What Is Judaism?Louis Finkelstein: Nothing Is OrdinaryThe Jewish Publication Society: Selections, The Holy ScripturesAdin Steinsaltz: The Essential TalmudHoward Schwartz: Jewish Mystical TalesEmil L. Fackenheim: HolocaustVIII. CHRISTIANITY: Taking Up The CrossNorman Perrin: Ways of Being Religious in the New TestamentNew Revised Standard Version: Selections, The New TestamentThomas O. Lambdin (translator): The Gospel of ThomasSt. Augustine: Selections, The ConfessionsSoren Kierkegaard: The Anguish of Being a ChristianThomas Merton: Seeds of ContemplationRita Dove: On the Road to DamascusIX. ISLAM: The Straight PathJohn L. Esposito: Muhammad, Prophet of GodA. J. Arberry (translator): Selections, The KoranFazlur Rahman: The Qur'anic TeachingAl-Ghazali: Deliverance from ErrorIsma'il R. Farugi: Moments of the Religious LifeSeyyed Hossein Nasr: Male and Female in Islamic PerspectiveX. AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS: The Dawn of All ThingsE. Bolaji Idowu: Errors of TerminologyVincent Mulago: Traditional African ReligionE. Geoffrey Parrinder: God in African BeliefMarcel Griaule: Ogotemmeli and the Dawn of All ThingsJohn S. Mbiti: Divinities, Spirits, and the Living DeadXI. RELIGION IN AMERICA: A SamplerPeter Cartwright: Frontier PreacherJoseph Smith: The Faith of the Latter-day SaintsMary Baker Eddy: Christian ScienceThe Souls of Black FolkJoseph Epes Brown: The Spiritual Values of Native AmericansEPILOGUEIntroductionJohn Hick: A Personal Note

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"An excellent mixture of restrained but clear commentary with multiple selections of primary texts from the great traditions of humankind. The sense and sentiment, taste and feel emerge from the stories and sacred texts."--Michael Barnes, University of Dayton