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Religions of the West Today

Second Edition

John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis

Publication Date - November 2011

ISBN: 9780199759507

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

Retail Price to Students: $67.95

This acclaimed Western religions text offers a unique focus on religion in the modern world that illustrates the tension between tradition and modernity

Description

Ideal for courses in Western religions, Religions of the West Today, Second Edition, covers the same material contained in the authors' longer textbook, World Religions Today, Fourth Edition.

Religions of the West Today, Second Edition, reveals the significance of religion in contemporary life. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous religions, and new religions are explored as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. This unique volume accomplishes two goals: it connects today's Western religions to their classical beliefs and practices and focuses on how these religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world. The authors combine thorough coverage of the historical background of each religion with up-to-the-minute discussions of its current practices. This volume is enhanced by numerous pedagogical aids--text boxes, timelines, maps, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading--and more than 100 photographs and illustrations.

ALSO AVAILABLE TO SUIT YOUR COURSE NEEDS:

World Religions Today, Fourth Edition (978-0-19-975951-4)

Religions of Asia Today, Second Edition (978-0-19-975949-1)

New to this Edition

  • Updates throughout that cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the world
  • "Rituals and Rites" boxes examining rituals that have changed in practice or meaning over time
  • "Gender Focus" boxes that highlight gender-specific customs within each faith
  • A revised and updated Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CD containing overviews, learning goals, and summaries for each chapter; lecture outlines; PowerPoint-based lecture slides; fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and true/false test questions; sample essay/discussion questions; flash cards of key terms; and suggested reading, viewing, and links
  • An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/esposito featuring all of the material on the Instructor's Manual and additional resources for students

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2008

Table of Contents

    Chapters 2-5 open with an Overview.
    Preface
    CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
    Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown
    Why Study World Religions?
    Our Task
    Understanding Religious Experience and Its Formative Elements
    The Great Religious Stories of the World
    Historical Overview: From Premodern to Postmodern
    The Modern/Postmodern Transition: Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity
    Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation
    Discussion Questions
    Key Terms
    Notes
    CHAPTER 2. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
    Origins of Homo religiosus: Prehistory
    Religion's Origins Among Hunter-Gatherers
    Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife
    Shamans: "Technicians of the Sacred"
    Indigenous Religions Today
    Conclusion
    Discussion Questions
    Key Terms
    Suggested Readings
    Additional Resources
    Notes
    CHAPTER 3. THE MANY STORIES OF JUDAISM: SACRED AND SECULAR
    Encounter with Modernity: Modern Judaisms and the Challenge of Ultra-Orthodoxy
    Premodern Judaism: The Formative Era (2000 BCE-500 CE)
    Premodern Judaism: The Classical Era (500 CE-1729 CE)
    Judaism and Modernity
    Judaism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World (1967-)
    Conclusion
    Discussion Questions
    Key Terms
    Suggested Readings
    Additional Resources
    Notes
    CHAPTER 4. CHRISTIAN DIVERSITY AND THE ROAD TO MODERNITY
    Encounter with Modernity: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy (1859-)
    Premodern Christianity: The Formative Era (31-451 CE)
    Premodern Christianity: The Classical Era (451-1517 CE)
    Christianity and Modernity (1517-1962)
    Christianity and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World (1962-)
    Conclusion
    Discussion Questions
    Key Terms
    Suggested Readings
    Additional Resources
    CHAPTER 5. ISLAM: THE MANY FACES OF THE MUSLIM EXPERIENCE
    Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Western Colonialism
    Premodern Islam: The Formative Era
    Premodern Islam: The Classical Era
    Islam and Modernity
    Islam and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
    Islam: Postmodern Challenges
    Conclusion
    Discussion Questions
    Key Terms
    Suggested Readings
    Notes
    CHAPTER 6. GLOBALIZATION: FROM NEW TO NEW AGE RELIGIONS
    Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Global Diversity to the "Purity" of Tradition
    New Religions
    New Age Religions
    Conclusion: The Postmodern Challenge
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings
    Additional Resources
    Notes
    Glossary
    Art Credits
    Index

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