"If you need a text for an introductory course in the world religions, your search will be over after you examine Professor Burke′s The Major Religions. What recommends it? Its fresh, lucid and unpretentious style, its direct approach to the essentials of each major tradition, its clear awareness of the abilities and resources of the undergraduate mind. The text is an ideal combination of analysis, illustration, classical texts (with commentary), discussion questions, suggestions for tests and additional reading. Professor Burke and his editors have produced what comes close to the ideal college textbook. Its exciting arrangement will have students eager to turn to their religion assignment." James E. Biechler, Emeritus Professor of Religions, La Salle University, Philadelphia
"Professor Burke′s approach is one which I think would be appealing in those contexts (particularly one semester courses) for which it is designed. The inclusion of sources in the book, if designed for one–semester use, is an excellent idea, and furthermore, I think that Professor Burke′s selection of sources is remarkably apt. Pedagogically, I think that the book is well done: it will be accessible and interesting to students, and it has plenty of examples." Professor Dewey D. Wallace Jr., George Washington University
"This book is the best, brief description available currently of the origins, tenets and ways of worship of the world′s great religions aimed at beginning students. T. Patrick Burke writes in a clear and easily understandable style that will help the reader go back to it regularly to grasp the essentials of faith and its role in the society." Murray Friedman, Director, The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University
From the Back Cover
This popular introduction to the world s religions provides a comprehensive survey of the major religious traditions together with selected primary readings. The text focuses on the beliefs and values that animate each religion, helping students to understand what makes them meaningful to their followers. For the second edition, the text has been fully revised and now features: Updated material throughout, building on the success of the first edition A complete new chapter on Sikhism, including selected supporting texts Additional material on each religion s ethics and their encounter with the modern world Improved visual design, with extensive student aids including revised maps, timeline and charts Chapter–by–chapter discussion and test questions, summaries, and suggestions for further reading. Assuming no prior knowledge, The Major Religions is the ideal introduction for students who are approaching the subject for the first time. The second edition is supported by a website at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/burke featuring additional resources for lecturers and students.