Sacred Paths: Understanding the Religions of the World 2nd Edition
"This fascinating volume goes beyond historical information and puts readers in the place of the people who live by each religion, viewing their unique world through sacred stories, worldviews, rituals and ethical values, and notions of quality of life. To accomplish this, author Theodore M. Ludwig combines discussion of historical matters with a thematic approach based on general questions that arise out of human experience such as personal identity, human existence, wholeness, and the right way to live." "Thoroughly revised and updated, The Sacred Paths, Second Edition, incorporates additional material on artistic expressions in the different religions; features an increased awareness of women's experiences and leadership roles as they pertain to the various religious traditions; includes a chapter-length treatment devoted to the rise of new religious movement; and provides definitions of key terms with the discussion of each religion." "Maps, timelines, discussion questions, and suggestions for further readings are just a few of the study features included in this volume to help students understand the highly complex nature of the various religions under discussion."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Table Of Contents
- I. Understanding The Sacred Paths. 1. Introduction: Basic Dimensions Of Religion. Dimensions Of Religious Experience. Families Of Religions. Basic Human Concerns And Religious Responses. 2. Religions Of Ancient Peoples. The Story Of Humankind. Religions Of Ancient Civilizations. 3. Religions Of Contemporary Indigenous Peoples. Sacred Stories For Indigenous Peoples. Worlds Of Meaning For Indigenous Peoples. Worship And The Good Life. Ii. Religions Arising From India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, And Sikhism. 4. Hinduism: Sacred Story And Historical Context. Foundings: Streams Into The River Of Hinduism. Transformations In The Sacred Story. 5. Hindu Worlds Of Meaning. Ultimate Reality In Hinduism: Brahman, God/goddess, Dharma. Existence In The World: Dharma And Samsara. Three Paths To Transformation And Liberation. 6. Hindu Worship And The Good Life. Sacred Rituals And Times Of Hinduism. Society And Ethical Life. 7. Buddhism: Sacred Story And Historical Context. The Story Of The Buddha. Historical Transformations: Shaping The Buddhist Way. 8. Buddhist Worlds Of Meaning. The Ultimate: Dharma, Nirvana, Buddha. Existence In The World. The Path To Nirvana And Buddhahood. 9. Buddhist Worship And The Good Life. Worship And Ritual. Buddhist Society And The Good Life. 10. The Path Of The Jains. Sacred Story And Historical Context. Worlds Of Meaning. Worship And Life. 11. The Way Of The Disciples: The Sikhs. Sacred Story And Historical Context. Worlds Of Meaning. Worship And Life. Iii. Religions Of China And Japan. 12. China: Sacred Story And Historical Context. The Beginnings Of The Chinese Story. Foundings: The Stories Of Confucius And Lao-zi. 13. Transformations In Chinese Religious History. Flourishings Of The Religions In Post-han China. Western Incursion And Revolutionary Climate. 14. Chinese Worlds Of Meaning. The Sacred Ultimate In The Chinese Vision. Cosmos And Humanity. The Path Of Transformation. 15. Worship And The Good Life In China. Ritual Renewal And Worship. Society And The Good Life. 16. Japan: Sacred Story And Historical Context. The Story Of The Japanese People. Historical Transformations Of The Japanese Way. 17. Japanese Worlds Of Meaning. Shinto Views Of Ultimate Reality And Human Life. Ultimate Reality And The Path In Japanese Buddhism. 18. Worship And The Good Life In Japan. Worship And Ritual. Rituals Of Worshiping In Daily Life. Society And The Good Life. Iv. Families Of Abraham: Jews, Christians, And Muslims. 19. Judaism: Sacred Story And Historical Context. The Jewish Story. Historical Transformations Of Judaism. 20. Jewish Worlds Of Meaning. Ultimate Reality: One God As Creator, Revealer, And Redeemer. Creation And Human Existence. Following The Path Of Torah. 21. Jewish Worship And The Good Life. Jewish Worship And Rituals. The Life Of Torah: Community And Ethics In Judaism. 22. Christianity: Sacred Story And Historical Context. The S