A Guide to Religious Thought and Practices (International Study Guide Series)
This guide devotes a chapter to each of the world religions and gives^an insiders' view to the theology, spirituality and religious practice of^the faith. It emphasizes the cultural nature of religion, its importance^to society and notes the rise of interest...
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This guide devotes a chapter to each of the world religions and gives^an insiders' view to the theology, spirituality and religious practice of^the faith. It emphasizes the cultural nature of religion, its importance^to society and notes the rise of interest in the study of religious^traditions in the face of contemporary geo-politics.
The impact of faith on modern society is without question. Religion is frequently at the centre of global issues and cultural conflict, and continues to provoke intense debate. It is more important than ever that we engage intelligently and respectfully with the thought and practices of those who follow the world's various faiths. This book examines the discipline of religious studies and clearly explains the origins, beliefs, sacred texts, customs and practices of eight religious traditions. Every chapter is written by a leading expert, all but one of whom are also members of the faith communities they write about. The information given is authoritative and balanced, but also provides the believer's perspective so that the reader may understand and appreciate people of different faiths. Glossaries at the end of each chapter provide clear and concise definitions of key terms. Questions throughout the book invite personal reflection from the reader and further reading lists point the way to additional study. A Guide to Religious Thought and Practices is ideal for those following an introductory course on religious traditions or for anyone interested in learning about other faiths.
Dr Santanu Patro is Associate Professor in the Department of Religionat Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, India. He has written and published a number of articles and is a member of the Baptist Church.