Religions of the World
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By examining vital questions about the influence of religion on the world, how religion is expressed, and issues of pluralism versus exclusivity, the book helps students understand the importance of studying religion in all its complex and diverse forms.
In addition to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism, the book discusses Confucianism, Jainism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. The indigenous religions of Africa and North America are also addressed. Through sensitive, well-researched reading selections students will see how these various religions deal with rites of passage, symbolism, taboos, divination, sacrifice, ancestor veneration, magic, and other expressions of spirituality and the divine. This new edition features several new articles, including a background of Daoism, and updated review questions.
Religions of the World is ideal for courses on comparative or world religion.