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A World Religions Reader Hardcover – 15 Dec 1999

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631215182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631215189
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,168,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is the Reader I have long been looking for. This Reader will enhance and enliven any standard textbook by enabling students not just to understand but to feel, not just to study but to pass over to, what these religious communities have been and what they offer our contemporary world." Paul Knitter, Xavier University, Ohio (of the previous edition).

"This will be an invaluable source for those in Religious Studies who need access to some central texts in translation. The commentaries, lists of data and questions for reflection will be particularly useful for those beginning a study of religions." Professor J. S. K. Ward, University of Oxford

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This new edition of Markham′s popular World Religions Reader has been revised and updated to take account of teachers′ and students′ comments, and to make it even more useful in the classroom. For this second edition: The selection of texts has been revised to ensure those most useful in teaching are included. The commentary surrounding each text has been reviewed to ensure it is completely up–to–date. The bibliography has been annotated and expanded. The readings have been cross–referenced with Markham′s introductory text Encountering Religion, to provide a complete teaching and learning package. The Reader brings together primary material from the major religions of the world. It combines passages from the scriptures with classic statements from major thinkers and institutions, ranging from the Bhagavad Gita to John Lennon and Martin Luther King. To enable cross–religious comparison, each chapter is organised around five headings: The Religious Mind, World Views, Institutions and Rituals, Ethical Expression, and Modern Expression. At the end of each chapter fact sheets are provided to give a clear summary of major beliefs, significant historical events and festivals, and a glossary. The volume also includes summary statistics, and discussion and essay questions.

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Each chapter of this book details individual religions. The author not only draws upon his own knowledge but also fellow Theologians. Written in an easily understood manner, this author manages at times to display his obviously humerous nature, whilst presenting extremely informative information. The contents do not only explain the need for ritual within certain cultures, but the reasons why they exist. Such a detailed piece of work can only lead to a much greater tollerance by all of world religions.
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Great book, really provides the underlying concepts of all major world religions. If you want to deepen your knowledge, you immediately know which books to read as excerpts from the most influential books to every religion are provided.
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