Major World Religions: From Their Origins to the Present

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Lloyd V. J. Ridgeon
Psychology Press, 2003 - Religion - 386 pages
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This work seeks to answer questions about the great religious traditions in the contemporary age. It focuses upon those religions that continue to demand the attention of the Western world. Following an introduction on the philosophy of religion, attention is focused on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam which are religions that have had (and probably continue to have) the greatest number of followers in Western society. In addition to the lasting impact that religion has had in society, we are witnesses to the development of secularism on the one hand and the revival of religious sentiment on the other, thus chapters on modernity, postmodernism, and 'fundamentalism' have also been included. The distinctive feature of the book is its modern feel. Each chapter brings the reader up-to-date with recent developments and commentaries upon recent religious thought, theology and religious-political movements. Moreover, the length of the chapters permits a detailed analysis which is so often lacking in books on world religions.
 

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Contents

What is Hinduism
10
Hinduism in history
14
Katma rebirth and cyclic time
33
norms of conduct
40
The gods and God
48
Dermor Killingley
56
BUDDHISM
59
The Four Noble Trurhs
65
ISLAM
230
Prayer salat
238
Fasting saumt
247
The alms rax zakat
257
Pilgtimage hajj
264
Jihad Islam and the srare
271
Modern prophers and the death of God
295
the linguistic turn
302

The emergence of Mahayana Buddhism
72
From India to China
93
Transcendenralism again
112
The medieval floweting of Judaism
139
Messianism
154
AntiSemitism and the Holocaust
165
Zionism and the land of Israel
171
CHRISTIANITY
178
a vatiery of approaches
191
The Church beyond Europe
218
Postmodern theologies
310
the furure of theological thinking
319
What is religious fundamenralism?
325
Seculatization and religious fundamenralists political involvement
334
Chtistianity Islam Judaism Hinduism Buddhism
343
WHAT is HINDUISM?
360
SUBJECT INDEX
376
INDEX OF PERSONS AND DEITIES
382
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