Paths to the Divine

An Introduction to World Religions (First Edition)
Written and Edited by David Hodges
©2020, 520 pages

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    Paths to the Divine: An Introduction to World Religions expertly combines original writing and engaging primary source texts to familiarize students with the basic tenets of a variety of world religions. Beyond presenting foundational knowledge on religious traditions, the volume demonstrates how belief systems can shape both an individual’s and a society’s culture, worldviews, and sense of belonging. The book features distinct emphasis on the religious traditions of Asia, presenting readers with information on beliefs and practices that may be unfamiliar or new to them, expanding their understanding and appreciation of others’ traditions.

    The book begins by introducing students to the basics of religion, including key concepts and features of religion, representations of the divine, and the connection between nature and religion in early traditions. Additional chapters provide students with valuable insight and enlightening readings on Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Chinese religion, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Throughout, key terms, contextual introductions, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading are provided.

    Written to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of global traditions, Paths of the Divine is an ideal text for introductory courses in humanities, theology, and world religions.

    David Hodges is an ordained minister and an associate professor of humanities at Grambling State University. He holds a Ph.D. in humanities with an emphasis in religious studies from Florida State University and a M.Div. in theology and theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.
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