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Understanding World Religions

Irving Hexham
Understanding World Religions
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Understanding World Religions

Irving Hexham

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Irving Hexham's introductory world religions text explores various religions under the broad categories of African Religions, the Yogic Traditions (including Buddhism), and the Abrahamic traditions. He presents an appreciative yet realistic approach, noting both the strengths and inherent problems of various world religions.

^^Globalization and high-speed communication put twenty-first century people in contact with adherents to a wide variety of world religions, but usually, valuable knowledge of these other traditions is limited at best. On the one hand, religious stereotypes abound, hampering a serious exploration of unfamiliar philosophies and practices. On the other hand, the popular idea that all religions lead to the same God or the same moral life fails to account for the distinctive origins and radically different teachings found across the world's many religions.

Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach presents religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. Hexham believes that a certain degree of objectivity and critique is inherent in the study of religion, and he guides readers in responsible ways of carrying this out. Of particular importance is Hexham's decision to explore African religions, which have frequently been absent from major religion texts. He surveys these in addition to varieties of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.



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Irving Hexham's introductory world religions text explores various religions under the broad categories of African Religions, the Yogic Traditions (including Buddhism), and the Abrahamic traditions. He presents an appreciative yet realistic approach, noting both the strengths and inherent problems of various world religions.

^^Globalization and high-speed communication put twenty-first century people in contact with adherents to a wide variety of world religions, but usually, valuable knowledge of these other traditions is limited at best. On the one hand, religious stereotypes abound, hampering a serious exploration of unfamiliar philosophies and practices. On the other hand, the popular idea that all religions lead to the same God or the same moral life fails to account for the distinctive origins and radically different teachings found across the world's many religions.

Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach presents religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. Hexham believes that a certain degree of objectivity and critique is inherent in the study of religion, and he guides readers in responsible ways of carrying this out. Of particular importance is Hexham's decision to explore African religions, which have frequently been absent from major religion texts. He surveys these in addition to varieties of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.


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Irving Hexham

Irving Hexham (Ph.D., University of Bristol) is professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a noted authority on world religions. Hexham is the author of over twenty books including Understanding Cults and New Religions; The Pocket Dictionary of Cults and New Religions and most recently Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach.

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  • Catalogue Code 311437
  • Product Code 9780310259442
  • ISBN 0310259444
  • EAN 9780310259442
  • UPC 025986259440
  • Pages 512
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 2011
  • Sales Rank #41362
  • Dimensions 238 x 193 x 38 mm
  • Weight 0.988kg

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