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Authored by distinguished scholars of religion writing in their areas of specialty, PATTERNS OF RELIGION examines key religious traditions around the world, from the ancient origins of religion to contemporary religious movements. Expertly written and organized, this text offers unparalleled flexibility for instructors. Each chapter explores the history, beliefs, practices, and source material for contemporary perspectives for a major religious tradition. This unified chapter structure helps to emphasize the patterns that link diverse religious traditions. The readings at the end of chapters include selections from scriptures and other important texts, eliminating the need for a separate scripture anthology. Now in full color, the supporting maps, photographs, chronologies, glossaries, and tables help contextualize each tradition and encourage further inquiry.
- This edition now introduces Zoroastrianism, Baha'i, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, and Contemporary Religious Movements in complete chapters.
- The text has been reorganized to represent the regional origins of major religious traditions and their offshoots.
- Writing throughout the text has been edited for clarity and concision, and updated to reflect the latest research and scholarship.
- Consistent organization of each religion covers history first, then beliefs, practices, and contemporary perspectives.
- The text's flexible organization enables instructors to choose to include or bypass material depending upon the constraints of the course.
- Source readings provided for each tradition may eliminate the need for a separate anthology of scripture.
- Extensive geo-political references, timelines, tables, and maps provide context in space and time.
1. Discerning Patterns of Religion.
Part I. RELIGIONS ANCIENT, INDIGENOUS & CONTEMPORARY.
2. Ancient Spirituality.
3. Indigenous World Religions, Past and Present.
4. Contemporary Religious Movements.
Part II. RELIGIONS ORIGINATING IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
Part III. RELIGIONS ORIGINATING IN INDIA.
Part IV. RELIGIONS ORIGINATING IN CHINA AND JAPAN.
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