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Living Religions: A Brief Introduction
Synopses & Reviews
For courses in World Religions, Comparative Religions, or Introduction to Religion.
Living Religions: A Brief Introduction 2/e provides an updated and concise introduction to what is living and significant in the religions of the modern world. This survey explores the historical development and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions and new religious movements, and considers how the contemporary beliefs and practices of each of these traditions have evolved.
Book News Annotation:
Fisher (comparative religion, Gobind Sadan Institute, New Delhi, India) provides a clear synopsis of the following religions: indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and current trends. Each chapter gives the history, sects, mores, political and social aspects, including attention to the role of women. Lists of readings accompany each chapter; a glossary and index are included.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Mary Pat Fisher is the author of many college textbooks on religion, including the best-selling Living Religions, as well as textbooks on art and social sciences. Since childhood she has had a deep interest in lived spirituality, an interest that was especially kindled by a near-death experience when she was thirty. She has traveled widely and done intensive spiritual practice under the guidance of Sufi, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, Daoist, Christian, and Sikh teachers. Since 1991, she has been living and doing spiritual practice in India at Gobind Sadan (“The House of God without walls”), a unique international, interfaith, and inter-caste community.
Table of Contents
1. The Religious Response.
2. Indigenous Sacred Ways.
5.Taoism and Confucianism.
11. Religion at the Turn of the Century.
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