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Published: 02 July 2018

656 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190690816

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Invitation to World Religions

Third Edition

Jeffrey Brodd, Layne Little, Bradley Nystrom, Robert Platzner, Richard Shek, and Erin Stiles

  • A consistent, modular chapter structure--"Teachings," "History," and "Way of Life"--enables students to navigate each religion in a consistent and systematic way and helps them make comparisons between religions
  • A lucid and accessible writing style imparts a sense of invitation, welcoming students into the beliefs and practices of religious adherents around the world
  • A large team of authors with diverse specialties ensures that each religion is covered with true expertise
  • Personal, candid "Voices" interviews offer a diverse array of people sharing the ways in which they live their faiths
  • "Seeking Answers" sections at the end of each chapter encourage students to compare the ways in which different religions address the same essential questions
  • "Visual Guides" offer keys to important religious symbols in easy-to-read tables for quick reference and comparison
  • Chapter-opening maps and timelines throughout provide geographical context for each religion's development and help students trace the evolution of each religion within its larger social and political context
  • "For Review" and "For Further Reflection" questions prompt students to reexamine essential concepts and then invite them to think critically and to engage in deeper analyses
  • Key terms are boldfaced at their first appearance and defined in the glossaries that follow each chapter and also in a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book
  • Suggestions for further reading direct students to some of the best and most recent print and online resources on each tradition
  • A wealth of rich, robust, and relevant color photographs and illustrations keeps students visually engaged
  • A robust ancillary program includes an Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on the book's Ancillary Resource Center and a Companion Website with additional student resources

New to this Edition:

  • A "Global Snapshot" feature in each chapter highlights each religion's diaspora, typically emphasizing the tradition's presence in North America
  • More coverage of religion and conflict offers clear and balanced explorations of the ways in which religion has sometimes been used to justify oppression and violence
  • New, vibrant, and diverse "Voices" interviews provide further evidence of the variety of contemporary religious practices

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