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Patterns of Religionby Roger Schmidt
Synopses & Reviews
Authored by distinguished scholars of religion writing in their areas of specialty, PATTERNS OF RELIGION examines key religious traditions around the world, from the ancient origins of religion to contemporary religious movements. Expertly written and organized, this text offers unparalleled flexibility for instructors. Each chapter explores the history, beliefs, practices, and contemporary perspectives for a major religious tradition. This unified chapter structure helps to emphasize the patterns that link diverse religious traditions. The readings at the end of chapters include selections from scriptures and other important texts, eliminating the need for a separate scripture anthology. Now in full color, the supporting maps, photographs, chronologies, glossaries, and tables help contextualize each tradition and encourage further inquiry.
Experts agree: there are seven main religions in the world. PATTERNS OF RELIGION examines each one, showing how its beliefs and practices compare with other religious traditions. Not only is this introduction to world religions textbook easy to understand, it's also loaded with study tools and end-of -chapter materials that will help you ace the test.
About the Author
In addition to academic studies, Gene Sager brings to this text the experience of living in Japan for four years. He has translated ariticles by Kyoto University's Keiji Nishitani and authored numerous articles on environmental issues and Asian religion. His most recent article is "Asian Simplicity" (Natural Life, 2003). He received the faculty award for teaching excellence at Palomar College (May, 2001).
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Studying World Religions. 2. Ancient Religions. 3. Indigenous Religions. 4. Hinduism. 5. Buddhism. 6. Taoism. 7. Confucianism. 8. Judaism. 9. Christianity. 10. Islam. Appendices: A. Jainism and Sikhism. B. Shinto. C. Web Sire of World Religions. Notes. Index.
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