Synopses & Reviews
Building upon its already strong foundation, the third edition of World Religions: Western Traditions
examines in detail the major Western religious traditions: Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam, and religions of the ancient world. Featuring work from renowned contributors, this rich and descriptive text discusses the historical basis for the religious traditions, shows how they have developed over time, and explains how they are now situated in the contemporary world.
New to this Edition:
* Full redesign featuring four-color throughout, 65 photos, and 6 maps
* An introductory chapter ("Why Religion?") that explores the origins of religion and some of the basic elements that traditions around the world share
* A concluding chapter ("Current Trends in Religion") examining how various traditions are responding to contemporary issues in such areas as politics, bioethics, gender, environment, and interfaith dialogue
* New chapters on ancient religions (Chapter 2), indigenous traditions (Chapter 6), and new religious movements (Ch 7)
* More coverage of the role of women throughout
* Pedagogical features including "Traditions at a Glance" boxes, scripture boxes, bolded key terms, a glossary, and recommended websites
* A Companion Website featuring resources for both students and instructors
Ideal for courses western religions and comparative religions, World Religions: Western Traditions, Third Edition, combines a historically descriptive perspective with a spirit of sympathetic fascination.
About the Author
The late Willard G. Oxtoby
was Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he launched the graduate program in the study of religion.
Amir Hussain is a Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Table of Contents
*=New to this edition
Preface, Alan Segal
1. Roy C. Amore and Amir Hussain: About Religion
* 2. Michael Desrochers: Traditions of the Ancient World
3. Alan Segal: Jewish Traditions
4. Roy C. Amore: Christian Traditions
5. Amir Hussain: Muslim Traditions
* 6. Ken Derry: Indigenous Traditions
* 7. Roy Amore: New Religions and Movements
8. Amir Hussain and Roy Amore: Current Trends in Religion