Major World Religions: From Their Origins to the Present
Lloyd V. J. Ridgeon
Psychology Press, 2003 - Religion - 386 pages
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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What is Hinduism
Hinduism in history
Katma rebirth and cyclic time
norms of conduct
The gods and God
The Four Noble Trurhs
The alms rax zakat
Jihad Islam and the srare
Modern prophers and the death of God
the linguistic turn
The emergence of Mahayana Buddhism
From India to China
The medieval floweting of Judaism
AntiSemitism and the Holocaust
Zionism and the land of Israel
a vatiery of approaches
The Church beyond Europe
the furure of theological thinking
What is religious fundamenralism?
Seculatization and religious fundamenralists political involvement
Chtistianity Islam Judaism Hinduism Buddhism
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