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The Ways of Religion

An Introduction to the Major Traditions

Third Edition

Edited by Roger Eastman

Publication Date - February 1999

ISBN: 9780195118353

560 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Allows each religious tradition to speak in its own voice, with excerpts from scriptures and distinguished authors


Revised and updated, the third edition of this highly acclaimed anthology surveys all the major religious traditions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and African religions--and also covers Zen Buddhism, Shinto, and the religious experience in America. Ideal for courses in world religions and comparative religion, it introduces the unique claims, hopes, and wisdom of each tradition in its own voice, through substantial excerpts from its scriptures, prophets, and authors. "I have tried to pay heed," Eastman writes in his Preface, "to A. C. Bouquet's warning of many years ago that the study of religion may sink to the level of collecting dead insects or pressed flowers, which in the process lose all their color and reality. There is not much excuse for a dreary book about a subject as inherently interesting and provocative as the world's religions."
The following selections are new to the third edition: Diana L. Eck's "Frontiers of Encounter," Barbara Stoler Miller on Yoga, R. K. Narayan's story "Chudala," Julia Ching's "Confucianism in Perspective," Thomas Merton on Chuang Tzu, Joseph M. Kitagawa's "The Way of the Kami," Ian Reader on Shinto, Vincent Mulago on African Religions, and "A Personal Note" by John Hick.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 1993

Table of Contents

    Frontiers of Encounter, Diana L. Eck
    I. HINDUISM: Himalayas of the Soul
    The Hindu View of Life, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
    Hymns from the Rig Veda, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty (translator)
    Selections, The Upanishads, Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester (translators)
    Selections, Bhagavad-Gita, Barbara Stoler Miller (translator)
    Yoga: The Discipline of Freedom, Barbara Stoler Miller
    Chudala, R. K. Narayan
    I Am But a Seeker After Truth, Mahatma Gandhi
    II. BUDDHISM: Enlightenment, Compassion, Nirvana
    The Roar of Awakening, Heinrich Zimmer (translator)
    Buddhahood, Heinrich Zimmer
    Selections, Buddhist Scriptures,, Edward Conze (translator)
    Selections, The Dhammapada
    Buddhaghosa on the Recollection of Death, Edward Conze (translator)
    The Mahayana and the Ideal of Bodhisattva, Ananda Coomaraswamy
    Buddhism As a Way of Life, Walpola Rahula
    Holder of the White Lotus, The Dalai Lama
    III. ZEN BUDDHISM: The Sound of One Hand
    The Essence of Zen, D.T. Suzuki
    Zen Dust: The Koan, Ruth Fuller Sasaki
    Han-shan and Cold Mountain, Gary Snyder (translator)
    Hakuin: Poor Hole-Dwelling Devil, Philip B. Yampolsky (translator)
    Be Like a Frog, Shunryu Suzuki
    IV. CONFUCIANISM: An Ideal of Moral Order
    Confucius and the Struggle for Human Happiness
    Selections, The Analects, Arthur Waley (translator)
    Selections, The Book of Mencius, W.A.C.H. Dobson (translator)
    Confucian Self-Realization, Tu Wei-ming
    Confucianism in Perspective, Julia Ching
    A Confucian Metaphor--The Holy Vessel, Herbert Fingarette
    V. Taoism: The Way to Do Is to Be
    The Old Master and His Book, Frederic Spiegelberg
    Selections, Tao Te Ching, Gia-fu Feng and Jane English (translators)
    Selections, Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton
    The Chinese Mind: Its Taoist Substratum, Lin Tung-chi
    Tao Now, Huston Smith
    VI. SHINTO: The Way of the Kami
    Shinto and Japan: An Overview, Edwin O. Reischauer
    The Way of the Kami, Joseph M. Kitagawa
    The True Way, Motoori Norinaga
    Beginnings, Births, Fertility, and Festivals, Ian Reader
    Glimpses of Shinto, Lafcadio Hearn
    VII. JUDAISM: The Sanctification of Life
    What Is Judaism?, Nicholas de Lange
    Nothing Is Ordinary, Louis Finkelstein
    Selections, The Holy Scriptures, The Jewish Publication Society
    The Essential Talmud, Adin Steinsaltz
    Jewish Mystical Tales, Howard Schwartz
    Holocaust, Emil L. Fackenheim
    VIII. CHRISTIANITY: Taking Up The Cross
    Ways of Being Religious in the New Testament, Norman Perrin
    Selections, The New Testament, New Revised Standard Version
    The Gospel of Thomas, Thomas O. Lambdin (translator)
    Selections, The Confessions, St. Augustine
    The Anguish of Being a Christian, Soren Kierkegaard
    Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton
    On the Road to Damascus, Rita Dove
    IX. ISLAM: The Straight Path
    Muhammad, Prophet of God, John L. Esposito
    Selections, The Koran, A. J. Arberry (translator)
    The Qur'anic Teaching, Fazlur Rahman
    Deliverance from Error, Al-Ghazali
    Moments of the Religious Life, Isma'il R. Farugi
    Male and Female in Islamic Perspective, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
    Errors of Terminology, E. Bolaji Idowu
    Traditional African Religion, Vincent Mulago
    God in African Belief, E. Geoffrey Parrinder
    Ogotemmeli and the Dawn of All Things, Marcel Griaule
    Divinities, Spirits, and the Living Dead, John S. Mbiti
    Frontier Preacher, Peter Cartwright
    The Faith of the Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith
    Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy
    The Souls of Black Folk
    The Spiritual Values of Native Americans, Joseph Epes Brown
    A Personal Note, John Hick

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