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Focusing on how communities of faith dynamically interact with basic human needs, this accessible compilation introduces classic texts, leading figures, turning point events, defining rituals, essential creeds, and distinctive symbols of world religions. Contributors include Martin Marty, Mark Blum, William Scott Green, Baruch Levine, J.A. McGuckin, Liyakat Takim, Lawrence Cunningham, and the award-winning editor. 349 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
With an emphaisis on communities of faith, this accessible book will introduce students to the classic texts, important events, key figures, defining rituals, essential creeds and symbols of world religions.
Introduction by William Scott Green
A. Judaism: Beginnings: Religion of Ancient Israel by Baruch A. Levine
B. Judaism: The Formation by Jacob Neusner
C. Judaism in Modern Times: Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaism,
Zionism by Jacob Neusner
A. Christianity: Beginnings by Bruce Chilton
B. Christianity: Roman Catholicism by Lawrence S. Cunningham
C. Orthodox Christianity by J. A. McGuckin
D. Christianity: Protestantism by Martin E. Marty
A. Islam: Beginnings by Th. Emil Homerin
B. Islam: The Shiite Tradition by Liyakat Takim
C. Islam: The Sunni Tradition by Th. Emil Homerin
4. Hinduism by Douglas Brooks
A. Buddhism: Beginnings by Mario Poceski
B. Buddhism: The Theravada Tradition by Kristen Scheible
C. Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition by Mark L. Blum
6. Daoism by Mark Meulenbled
7. Confucianism by Mark A. Csikszentmihalyi
8. Shinto by James L. Ford
9. Indigenous Religions
A. Indigenous Religious Tradition by Jualynne E. Dodson and Soyna Maria Johnson
B. African Indigenous Religions by Jacob Olupona
10. New 19th Century American Religions by Danny L. Jorgensen
11. New 20th Century American Religions by Dell deChant
Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism; Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.