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A World Religions Reader


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List of Maps xii Preface to the Third Edition xiii Acknowledgments xiv 1 Purpose and Method 1 2 Indigenous Religions 13 3 Hinduism 31 4 Jainism 67 5 Buddhism 77 6 Chinese Religion 105 7 Shintoism 131 8 Zoroastrianism 153 9 Judaism 163 10 Christianity 191 11 Islam 213 12 Sikhism 237 13 Emerging Religions 261 14 Secular Humanism 273 Worldwide Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas, Mid-2006 302 Annotated Bibliography 304 Credits 313 Index 325

About the Author

Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including: the two-volume The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), Do Morals Matter? (2006), A Theology of Engagement (2004), and Encountering Religion (1998), all published by Wiley-Blackwell. Christy Lohr's scholarly research focuses on the theology of religions debate and inter-religious dialogue. She is the Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Reviews in Religion & Theology and a contributor to The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009). She has served on the board of directors of the North American Interfaith Network and worked with the World Council of Churches where she coordinated its 2005 "Interfaith Education Project."


"This new edition of the World Religions Reader expands an already useful textbook - making it an improved resource for introducing world religions. By presenting excerpts from sacred texts and voices from within the traditions, this book provides more than mere facts about various beliefs; it allows insight into the worldviews and ethical concerns of adherents, making it the most valuable Reader on World Religions to date to any student or teacher that seeks to study or teach the religious traditions of the world." S. Wesley Ariarjah, Drew University "An accessible and sympathetic introduction to the world's religions as understood by their adherents." Ingrid Mattson, Hartford Seminary, USA ?This is the Reader I have long been looking for. It will enhance and enliven any standard textbook by enabling students not just to understand but to feel, not just to study but to pass over to, what these religious communities have been and what they offer our contemporary world.? Paul F. Knitter, Union Theological Seminary, New York (of a previous edition)

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