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Canonical TextsEdited by Thomas Jerome Burns
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Canonical Texts

Selections from Religious Wisdom Traditions
Edited by Thomas Jerome Burns

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-053-7, 234 pages


Canonical Texts: Selections from Religious Wisdom Traditions is the first anthology of its kind that serves as an entry point for students into some of the most profound ideas of the ages. This collection of readings of sacred texts is drawn from the central canons of religious traditions from around the world. Selections from Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Native Traditions are compiled for their readability. They are carefully edited by Professor Thomas Jerome Burns, who situates each tradition and its canonical work, so that the student has a blueprint to engage the text.

Key features of Canonical Texts include:
  • Delivers a rare combination of both primary sources and meaningful commentary upon them, integrated into one volume.
  • Designed for the student with no academic background in the respective traditions, while providing a rigorous yet accessible introduction.
  • Encourages students to consider many of the central ideas of the world’s major wisdom traditions.

Dr. Thomas J. Burns is professor in the Department of Sociology and active in the Religious Studies and Environmental Studies Programs at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on issues related to religion and other institutions, and ecological sustainability.

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