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Invitation to Western Religions

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

Publication Date - September 2015

ISBN: 9780190211271

384 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $76.95

An Invitation into the teachings, histories, and ways of life of Western religions, encouraging respect and a sense of wonder

Description

Featuring a unique, consistent, and modular chapter structure--"Teachings," "History," and "Way of Life"--and numerous pedagogical features, Invitation to Western Religions invites students to explore the world's great religions with respect and a sense of wonder. This chapter structure enables students to navigate Western religions--Indigenous Religions of North America, Indigenous Religions of Africa, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and New Religious Movements--in a consistent and systematic way and helps students to make comparisons between religions. The book describes the essential features of each Western religion and shows how they have responded to basic human needs and to the cultural contexts in which they developed. The authors also encourage students to develop an appreciation for what religious beliefs and practices actually mean to their adherents.

FEATURES:

A consistent, modular chapter structure--"Teachings, "History," and "Ways of Life"--enables students to navigate each religion in a consistent and systematic way and helps them to 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

"Voices" present personal, candid interviews with 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 the text provide geographical, social, and political context for each religion's development

"For Review" and "For Further Reflection" questions prompt students to reexamine essential concepts and invite students 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 the glossary at the back of the book

Suggestions for further reading direct students to some of the best and most recent print and online resources on each tradition


Also available to suit your course needs:

Invitation to World Religions, Second Edition: 978-0-19-937836-4

Invitation to Asian Religions: 978-0-19-021126-4

About the Author(s)

Jeffrey Brodd is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Layne Little is Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Bradley Nystrom is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Robert Platzner is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Richard Shek is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Erin Stiles is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. AN INVITATION TO THE STUDY OF WORLD RELIGIONS
    Approaching the Study of World Religions
    Religion as a Subject of Academic Inquiry
    What Religions Do
    Religious Questions and Challenges
    Basic Components of Religions
    Teachings
    Historical Development
    Way of Life
    Religions in the Modern World
    Modernization and Related Phenomena
    The Changing Roles of Women in Religions
    The Encounter of Religion and Science
    An Academic Approach to the Study of Religions
    Balance and Empathy
    Comparative and Multidisciplinary Approaches
    CHAPTER 2. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS OF NORTH AMERICA
    The Teachings of Native American Indigenous Religions
    Creation and Origins
    Life Lessons in Myths
    The Importance of Balance: Humanity and the Natural World
    Sacred Language and Sacred Time
    VOICES: An Interview with Lin Estes
    The History of Native American Indigenous Religions
    Conquest, Colonization, and Christianity
    Resistance Movements
    Native Religions and Non-Native Practitioners
    Native American Indigenous Religions as a Way of Life
    Healing
    Women and Gender in Native American Religions
    Rites of Passage
    Rites of Renewal and Rites of Purification
    CHAPTER 3. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS OF AFRICA
    The Teachings of Indigenous African Religions
    Myths
    Supernatural Beings: Gods and Spirits
    VOICES: Interviews with Sammy Letoole and Festus
    Ogunbitan
    Humanity and the Human Condition
    The History of Indigenous African Religions
    The Spread of Islam
    Christianity and Colonialism
    Reform and Resistance
    African Religions in the Americas
    Indigenous African Religions as a Way of Life
    Communicating with the Spirit World
    Using Supernatural Powers
    Life Cycle Rituals
    Women in Indigenous African Religions
    CHAPTER 4. ZOROASTRIANISM
    The Teachings of Zoroastrianism
    Cosmic Dualism
    The Divine Realm
    Creation and the Nature of the World
    Human Nature and Human Destiny
    The History of Zoroastrianism
    The Background of Zoroastrianism
    Zarathustra
    Zoroastrian Scriptures
    Zoroastrianism through the Centuries
    Zoroastrianism in the Modern World
    Zoroastrianism as a Way of Life
    Ritual Practices
    VOICES: An Interview with Rustom Ghadiali
    Women and Zoroastrianism
    Holy Days and Rites of Passage
    The Zoroastrian Community: Social and Ethical Responsibilities
    CHAPTER 5. JUDAISM
    The Teachings of Judaism
    God
    Torah
    Covenant and Election
    Israel
    The Messiah and the Messianic Age
    The Afterlife
    Jewish Mysticism
    The History of Judaism
    Dispersion, Assimilation, and Collective Identity
    The Biblical Period
    The Second Temple Period
    The Formative Age
    The Conflict between Judaism and Christianity
    The Age of Philosophy and Mysticism
    The Modern Era
    Reform Movements in Europe and the United States
    The Shoah and the State of Israel
    The Future of Judaism in the Contemporary World
    Women and Judaism
    Judaism as a Way of Life
    The Major Festivals
    VOICES: An Interview with Rabbi Brad Bloom
    The Minor Festivals
    The Sabbath
    Life-Cycle Events
    Other Sacred Practices
    Prayer
    CHAPTER 6. CHRISTIANITY
    The Teachings of Christianity
    The Life of Jesus
    The Teachings of Jesus
    Paul and the Mission to the Gentiles
    God, Creation, and Original Humanity
    God as Trinity
    Sin and Human Nature
    Grace and Salvation
    The Church
    VOICES: An Interview with Terrie M. and Father Art
    Scripture
    Tradition
    "Last Things"
    The Afterlife
    Christianity and Other Religions
    The History of Christianity
    Christianity in the Roman World
    The Church in the Middle Ages
    The Reformation
    Christianity in the Modern World
    Christianity Today and Tomorrow: Trends and Prospects
    Christianity as a Way of Life
    Worship
    Sacraments
    Church Interiors: Sacred Space
    Prayer
    The Liturgical Year
    Veneration of Saints
    Social and Political Activism
    CHAPTER 7. ISLAM
    THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM
    Muhammad and the Revelations
    The Holy Qur'an
    The Teachings of the Qur'an
    Commentary on the Qur'an
    The Sunnah: The Example of the Prophet
    The Five Pillars
    THE HISTORY OF ISLAM
    The Hijra and the Growth of the Muslim Community
    The Crisis of Succession and the Rightly Guided Caliphs
    The Umayyads and the Abbasids
    Later Islamic Empires: The Ottomans, the Mughals, and the
    Safavids
    Islam and Nationalism
    Islamic Reform Movements
    Varieties of Islam
    Muslims in North America
    ISLAM AS A WAY OF LIFE
    VOICES: An Interview with Tunay Durmaz
    The Qur'an in Daily Life
    What is Jihad?
    The Islamic Year and Holidays
    The Shari'ah: Islamic Law
    Sufism
    Marriage and Family
    Women and Islam
    CHAPTER 8. NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
    What Is "New" About New Religious Movements?
    Modernization, Globalization, and Secularization
    Theoretical Models and Social Typologies
    Alternative Christianities and their Offshoots
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Christian Science and New Thought
    Adventism
    Jehovah's Witnesses
    The Family (Children of God)
    The Unification Church
    * Rastafarianism
    The Rediscovery of Eastern Religious Thought
    * The Theosophical Society
    ISKCON: The International Society for Krishna
    Consciousness
    The Osho Rajneesh Movement
    Transcendental Meditation
    THE REVIVAL OF ESOTERIC AND NEO-PAGAN THOUGHT
    Eckankar
    The Findhorn Foundation
    The Raelian Movement
    The Church of Scientology
    Wicca
    VOICES: An Interview with Rev. Lucy Bunch
    The Emergence of Universalist Religious Thought
    The Baha'i Faith
    * Unitarian Universalism
    The New Atheism
    Notes
    Glossary
    Credits
    Index

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