Atlas of the World's Religions

Author: Ninian Smart,Frederick Mathewson Denny

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1843

Maps and text present a guide to the historical development and current state of the world's religions.

Dreaming in the World's Religions

A Comparative History

Author: Kelly Bulkeley

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814791196

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 5937

From Biblical stories of Joseph interpreting Pharoh’s dreams in Egypt to prayers against bad dreams in the Hindu Rg Veda, cultures all over the world have seen their dreams first and foremost as religiously meaningful experiences. In this widely shared view, dreams are a powerful medium of transpersonal guidance offering the opportunity to communicate with sacred beings, gain valuable wisdom and power, heal suffering, and explore new realms of existence. Conversely, the world’s religious and spiritual traditions provide the best source of historical information about the broad patterns of human dream life Dreaming in the World’s Religions provides an authoritative and engaging one-volume resource for the study of dreaming and religion. It tells the story of how dreaming has shaped the religious history of humankind, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Qur’an of Islam, from the conception dream of Buddhas mother to the sexually tempting nightmares of St. Augustine, from the Ojibwa vision quest to Australian Aboriginal journeys in the Dreamtime. Bringing his background in psychology to bear, Kelly Bulkeley incorporates an accessible consideration of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology into this fascinating overview. Dreaming in the World’s Religions offers a carefully researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a powerful, unpredictable, often iconoclastic force in human religious life.

The World's Religions

Author: Ninian Smart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521637480

Category: Religion

Page: 608

View: 3312

Provides information about the symbols, rituals, art, and history of religions around the world.

Sourcebook of the World's Religions

An Interfaith Guide to Religion and Spirituality

Author: Joel Beversluis

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577313328

Category: Religion

Page: 420

View: 3961

Now in its third edition, this is the most comprehensive work available on the rich variety of paths available to today's spiritual seekers. More than an academic reference, it explores how religions can collaborate to help the world. Essays exploring the realm of building an interfaith community add to the book's detailed portraits of the major religious traditions. The Sourcebook also contains essays on spiritual practices as diverse as theosophy, wicca, and indigenous religions. This revised edition of the Sourcebook offers an unparalleled look at where spirituality is headed in the coming millennium.

Sexuality and the World's Religions

Author: David W. Machacek,Melissa M. Wilcox

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576073599

Category: Psychology

Page: 430

View: 7084

Looks at issues concerning sexuality and religion in nine of the world's religions, including Daoism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Catholicism, covering such topics as sexual orientation, reproductive rights, and sexual rituals.

The World's Religions in Figures

An Introduction to International Religious Demography

Author: Todd M. Johnson,Brian J. Grim

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118323033

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 8527

Created by two of the field’s leading experts, this uniqueintroduction to international religious demography outlines thechallenges in interpreting data on religious adherence, andpresents a contemporary portrait of global religious belief. Offers the first comprehensive overview of the field ofinternational religious demography – detailing what we knowabout religious adherents around the world, and how we know it Examines religious freedom and diversity, including agnosticsand atheists, on a global scale, highlighting trends over the past100 years and projecting estimates for the year 2050 Outlines the issues and challenges related to definitions,taxonomies, sources, analyses, and other techniques in interpretingdata on religious adherence Considers data from religious communities, censuses, surveys,and scholarly research, along with several in-depth case studies onthe global Muslim population, religion in China, and the religiousdemography of recently created Sudan and South Sudan Argues against the belief that the twentieth-century was a‘secular’ period by putting forward new evidence to thecontrary Provides resources for measuring both qualitatively andquantitatively important data on the world's religious situation inthe twenty-first century

The World's Religions

A Contemporary Reader

Author: Arvind Sharma

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 0800697464

Category: Religion

Page: 371

View: 6956

This wide-ranging reader combines some of the best and most valuable contemporary perspectives from leading and significant writers, teachers, and thinkers who together address critical challenges and opportunities for the world's religions in a post 9/11 world. Edited by Arvind Sharma and organized by topic, the essays in this reader consider broad questions such as, What influence does religion have on contemporary life? The thematic arrangement of topics includes diverse religious perspectives on: war, terror, peace, human rights, pluralism, diversity, gender, spirituality, the interreligious dialogue, international diplomacy and globalization.

The World's Religions

Author: Peter Clarke,Friedhelm Hardy,Leslie Houlden,Stewart Sutherland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136851852

Category: Reference

Page: 995

View: 8100

* Gives an account of the history, the theological basis, the practice and the current state of the study of religion and religions throughout the world * Combines a clear and non-technical style of presentation with a structure and range of contributions which reflect the richness and complexity of religion itself, of the religions of the world and the study of religions * Comprehensive index, bibliographies and suggestions for further reading `Intriguing philosophical questions are raised about the nature of religion and the qualities needed for studying it.' - Times Higher Education Supplement `Excellent book ... remarkably successful, impressive as much for the sheer scale of the undertaking as for its consistent standard of analysis. It is a fine achievement which will serve both as a very suitable textbook for students and a reliable guide to the state of scholarship in the History and Study of Religions.' - Heythrop Journal

The World's Religions, a Popular Account of Religions Ancient and Modern

Including Those of Uncivilised Races, Chaldæans, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Mohammedanism, and a Sketch of the History of

Author: George Thomas Bettany

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780259597216

Category: Religion

Page: 922

View: 1066

Excerpt from The World's Religions, a Popular Account of Religions Ancient and Modern: Including Those of Uncivilised Races, Chaldaeans, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Mohammedanism, and a Sketch of the History of Judaism and Christianity Thus, while endeavouring to stick rigidly to facts, we may be per mitted in some measure to study them as, examples of the development of ideas and practices. It is true that for a full study of religious development we Should need many volumes, and must include all extinct as well as exist ing religions. The former would be impossible, for it can hardly be doubted that there have been forms Of religion which have left no records. But even those which survive in records, or in actual existence, are so numerous and include so much that only a brief review of some Of them is possible. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The World's Religions, Revised and Updated

A Concise Introduction

Author: Huston Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061763489

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 5410

The World’s Religions, by beloved author and pioneering professor Huston Smith (Tales of Wonder), is the definitive classic for introducing the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as regional native traditions. This revised and updated edition provides sympathetic descriptions of the various traditions, explaining how they work “from the inside,” which is a big reason why this cherished classic has sold more than two million copies since it first appeared in 1958.

Art and Architecture of the World's Religions: Prehistoric belief systems

Author: Leslie Ross

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313342882

Category: Art

Page: 395

View: 3279

"Beginning with faiths in the ancient worlds of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, this set examines the major religions and their art and architecture from countries and continents all over the globe. Sixteen chapters present basic religions and their beliefs, as well as specific examples of how art/architecture reflects each religion's values. The major focus of each chapter, however, is on the temples, churches, religious buildings, statues, paintings, and other works of art and architecture created by believers. Each is examined in terms of its history, materials, symbols, colors, and patterns, explaining its significance to the reader. The set contains approximately 200 illustrations. Topics covered include: stained glass windows in Gothic cathedrals; ancient Egyptian tombs; diversity of Jewish synagogues; Zen Buddhist garden and temple design; sculptural programs on Hindu temples; Mesoamerican pyramid-temple complexes; and, African masks used in ceremonial performance." --Publisher.

A History of the World's Religions

Author: David S. Noss,Blake Grangaard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131550751X

Category: Religion

Page: 608

View: 6227

A History of the World's Religions bridges the interval between the founding of religions and their present state, and gives students an accurate look at the religions of the world by including descriptive and interpretive details from the original source materials. Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, A History of the World's Religions is widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough yet manageable history of world religion available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts.

Astrology and Cosmology in the World's Religions

Author: Nicholas Campion

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814717136

Category: History

Page: 273

View: 8756

Presents overviews of the astrologies of the world's religions, discussing how various cultures have used celestial observations and beliefs about the heavens to engage with the divine and understand their lives on Earth.

Eerdmans' Handbook to the World's Religions

Author: Robert Pierce Beaver

Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Category: Religion

Page: 448

View: 4549

Chapters on ancient religions, primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Over 200 phots and a glossary.

The Music and Dance of the World's Religions

A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of Materials in the English Language

Author: Ezra Gardner Rust

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313295614

Category: Music

Page: 476

View: 6534

The first of its kind, this book contains 3,816 references to the music and dance of the world's religions, large and small, tribal, regional, and global.

The World's Religions

Worldviews and Contemporary Issues

Author: William A. Young

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Religion

Page: 413

View: 6025

William A. Young employs a set of engaging, essential questions to draw students into a concise, contemporary study of the world's religions. Coverage includes major religions, as well as indigenous religions and new religious movements, providing basic history and worldviews of each. Unlike other leading texts on the market, Young devotes an entire section to twenty-first century ethical concerns--ecology, economics, war, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, gender, and sexual orientation--describing in a balanced manner how world religions understand and address these issues. FREE! BOUND INTO EVERY NEW COPY of "The World's Religions is The Sacred World: Encounters with the World's Religions, " Prentice Hall's new student tutorial on CD-ROM for world religion. Containing over 60 video segments on nine of the world's leading religions, it vividly illustrates key rituals and beliefs. Also included are a glossary of terms and self-assessment questions on the web tied directly to The Sacred World, to help improve student comprehension. The Sacred World brings the color, sound, and beauty of the world's religions right to students matter where in the world they are! ALSO FREE! AND BUNDLED WITH EVERY NEW COPY of The World's Religions is Prentice Hall's exclusive TIME "Special Edition: World Religions." Recent articles and essays on the world's major religions bring currency to students' study of religion. Articles are highlighted at the end of chapters.

Words of the World's Religions

An Anthology

Author: Robert S. Ellwood

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780139650048

Category: Religion.

Page: 421

View: 1880

Reading selections exploring the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to Eastern religions and those of ancient Egypt and the Near East.

Religion and Revelation

A Theology of Revelation in the World's Religions

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 019158844X

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 1226

Since first Thomas Aquinas defined theology as revelation, or the rational elucidation of revealed truth, the idea of revelation has played a fundamental role in the history of western theology. This book provides a new and detailed investigation of the concept, examining its nature, sources, and limitations in all five of the major scriptural religions of the world: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The first part of the book discusses the nature of theology, and expounds the comparative method as the most useful and appropriate for the modern age. Part Two focuses on the nature of religion and its early historical manifestations, whilst the third part of the book goes on to consider the idea of revelation as found in the great canonical traditions of the religions of the world. Part Four develops the distinctively Christian idea of revelation as divine self-expression in history. The final part of the book discusses how far the idea of revelation must be revised or adapted in the light of modern historical and scientific thought, and proposes a new and positive theology of revelation for the future. The book includes discussions of the work of most major theologians and scholars in the study of religion - Aquinas, Tillich, Barth, Temple, Frazer, and Evans Pritchard - and should be of interest to many scholars and students of comparative religion and theology, and anthropologists.

Atlas of the World's Religions

Author: Advanced Illustration Ltd

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press


Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 8514

Uses narrative, maps, and photographs to provide a view of the world's religions in their geographical and historical contexts.

The Role of Revelation in the WorldÕs Religions

Author: Beverly Moon

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786459867

Category: Religion

Page: 233

View: 616

The human reception of divine messages, known as revelation, has often played a central role in world religions. This study explores how spirituality and the personal experience of the divine has been expressed and preserved in various religious traditions. The phenomenon of revelation is explored and interpreted through examples from across the religious spectrum, and six different types of revelation are posited: visions and voices, divination, spirit journey, spirit mediation, mystical union, and divine incarnation.