Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations Of Human Beliefs

Paperback | June 25, 1999

byNinian Smart

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This book offers a balanced, wide-ranging, and realistic approach to the full range of worldviews, showing how, whether religious or secular, they define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and change worldwide. It shows readers the dynamics of each tradition, and emphasizes that although the various traditions may all share similar aspects, they each assign varying levels of importance to specific areas. Explores the major religious traditions and secular ideologies (Marxism, nationalisms, scientific humanism) from six dimensions: experiential/emotional; narrative/mythic; doctrinal/philosophical; ethical/legal; ritual/practical; and social/organizational. For anyone interested in comparative worldviews, religious and secular.

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From both religious and secular perspectives, Ninian Smart acquaints readers with a wide range of world views, providing insight into major religious traditions and secular ideologies. Her focus is on experiential and emotional, narrative and mythic, doctrinal and philosophical, ethical and legal, ritual and practical and social and or...

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This book offers a balanced, wide-ranging, and realistic approach to the full range of worldviews, showing how, whether religious or secular, they define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and change worldwide. It shows readers the dynamics of each tradition, and emphasizes that although the various tradition...

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This book offers a balanced, wide-ranging, and realistic approach to the full range of worldviews, showing how, whether religious or secular, they define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and change worldwide. It shows readers the dynamics of each tradition, and emphasizes that although the various traditions ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 5.8 × 0.7 inPublished:June 25, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0130209805

ISBN - 13:9780130209801

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Table of Contents



1. Exploring Religion and Analyzing Worldviews.


2. Worldviews: An Inventory.


3. The Experiential Dimension.


4. The Mythic Dimension.


5. The Doctrinal Dimension.


6. The Ethical Dimension.


7. The Ritual Dimension.


8. The Social Dimension.


9. Reflections on the Twentieth Century.


Postscript: Further Explorations in Worldview Analysis.


Further Reading.


Index.

From Our Editors

From both religious and secular perspectives, Ninian Smart acquaints readers with a wide range of world views, providing insight into major religious traditions and secular ideologies. Her focus is on experiential and emotional, narrative and mythic, doctrinal and philosophical, ethical and legal, ritual and practical and social and organizational viewpoints. Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs shows how differing world views define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and world change.