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Living Religions: Eastern Traditions
presents a highly readable and stimulating survey of the world's major religious traditions that have originated in the East. Exploring the historical development and teachings of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto this book considers how each of these traditions has evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices. A perceptive concluding chapter also examines the rise of new religious movements in the East, the spread of religious pluralism, and the movement toward interfaith dialogue at the beginning of the new millennium.
With the help of a team of specialist consultants in each faith, and drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, Mary Pat Fisher gives a fresh and challenging insight into how believers of today's faiths perceive their religion and its role in the changing world in which they live. FEATURES
- Color feature boxes on religious figures in public life, religion in practice, and interviews with practitioners
- Three color timelines and four color maps providing historical and geographical context for each religion
- Exploration of the contributions and concerns of women in each tradition
- Coverage of the socio-political context of contemporary religious practice
- Suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter
- Extensive glossary with pronunciation guide
- With 114 illustrations, 61 in color
Living Religions—Eastern Traditions is a highly readable and stimulating survey of the major global religions and new religious movements that originated in the East, with particular focus on how people are trying to live by them in today's world. Evocative illustrations enhance this approach; first-person interviews of ordinary people and boxes uncovering the spiritual roots of well-known public figures bring this book to life. Covering the key religions of India, China, and Japan, the social context, origins, teachers, scriptures, and historical development of each faith are carefully explored, with emphasis on how practitioners themselves understand their tradition from inside. For readers interested in a comprehensive book about eastern religions, as well as the clergy of various faiths, and workers in corporations that trade in India, China, and Japan.
Table of Contents
1. The Religious Response.
6. Taoism and Confucianism.
8. Religion in the Twenty-First Century.