World Religions: Western Traditions: Western Traditions

Paperback | January 15, 2014

byWillard G. Oxtoby, Amir Hussain, Roy C. Amore

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World Religions: Western Traditions is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey that recognizes the diverse traditions behind the monolithic labels of the major Western faiths. For each set of traditions, a specialist explores not only origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, andrituals and practices, but also cultural interactions and responses to modern challenges. Accessible and engaging, this contributed volume is widely considered to be the definitive introduction to the subject.

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World Religions: Western Traditions is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey that recognizes the diverse traditions behind the monolithic labels of the major Western faiths. For each set of traditions, a specialist explores not only origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, andrituals and practices, but also cultural in...

The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this text, was professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he launched the graduate program in the study of religion. His books include Experiencing India: European Descriptions and Impressions and The Meaning of Other Faiths. Amir Hussain is professor in the Department o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.73 inPublished:January 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199002870

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Brief ContentsFull ContentsContributorsImportant Features of this EditionPreface1. About ReligionBasic Human Religion: Looking Both Ways from StonehengeLooking Forward from StonehengeWhat is Religion?Why Study Religion?2. Religions of the Ancient WorldTerminologyReligiosityPrehistoryDeitiesUnderstanding the WorldNegotiating the WorldCommuning with the DivineOvercoming the WorldThe End of AntiquityRecent DevelopmentsSummary3. Jewish TraditionsJewish Identity as Ethnicity and ReligionEarliest Jewish History: The Biblical StoryThe Second Temple Period (515 BCE - 70 CE)Enter the Romans (63 BCE)Jewish Life under Islam: Seventh-Twelfth CenturyJews in the Christian World: Seventh to Fifteenth CenturyThe Modern Period: (18th Century to the Present)The Holocaust (1933 - 1945)Life-Cycle EventsRecent DevelopmentsSummary4. Christian TraditionsOriginsRelations between Church and SocietyAuthority in the Early ChurchThe Development of OrthodoxyRelations between East and WestPracticeEastern OrthodoxyMedieval ChristianitySaintsThe Early Modern EraThe Modern EraRecent DevelopmentsSummary5. Muslim TraditionsBeginningsFoundationsPracticeVariationsThe Spread of IslamCultural ExpressionsTowards the Modern WorldRecent DevelopmentsSummary6. Indigenous Traditions"Indigenous Religion"TransmissionPracticeCultural ExpressionsColonialismRecent DevelopmentsSummary7. New Religions and MovementsDefining New Religions, Sects, and CultsNew Religions from the EastReligions Arising from the Abrahamic LineageReligions Inspired by Other Forms of SpiritualityThe New Age MovementSummary8. Current IssuesReligion and PoliticsFundamentalismBioethicsThe EnvironmentGender and SexualityReligious DiversityCreditsIndex

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"This text is extremely well-organized, well-written, and engaging . . . with very good coverage of modern expressions of each tradition." -Michelle Rebidoux, Memorial University of Newfoundland