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RELG: World, 1st Edition

  • includes Religion CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
  • ISBN-13: 9781111726201
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $45.00
  • Newer Edition Available
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In both content and design, RELG: WORLD aims to meet course challenges of lower cost, brevity, and relevance to students. Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process with over 500 students and faculty, RELG: WORLD is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. Brief, clear, inexpensive, and intensely visual, RELG: WORLD's price and its visually engaging 4LTR Press treatment will attract students without repelling instructors, and the tear-out Chapter in Review cards will encourage retention. The accompanying eBook will also include numerous annotated links to interactive maps, videos, audio pronunciations, Google Earth® explorations, and primary sources. Professors are always looking for ways to make religions practiced in distant places and times "come alive" for their students. RELG: WORLD's framing of the study of different religions as encounters between the religions' adherents and individuals like their students resonates with students' needs. Furthermore, Van Voorst's best-selling ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES offers instructors the option of creating a custom edition incorporating additional primary-source readings.

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Content and Assets

1. Beginning Your Study of World Religions.
2. Encountering Indigenous Religions: Ways to Tribal Life.
3. Encountering Hinduism: Many Paths to Liberation.
4. Encountering Jainism: The Austere Way to Liberation.
5. Encountering Buddhism: The Middle Path to Liberation.
6. Encountering Sikhism: The Way of God's Name.
7. Encountering Daoism and Confucianism: Two Views of the Eternal Way.
8. Encountering Shinto: The Way of the Kami.
9. Encountering Zoroastrianism: The Way of the One Wise Lord.
10. Encountering Judaism: The Way of God's Chosen People.
11. Encountering Christianity: The Way of Salvation in Jesus Christ.
12. Encountering Islam: The Straight Path of the One God.
13. Encountering New Religious Movements: Modern Ways to Alternative Meanings.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"Clear, engaging writing style. Rich detailed descriptions of rituals and history. Up-to-date issues related to history of traditions."

— John Morreall, College of William and Mary

"With less paper notebooks and more laptops in the classroom, this appeals to the 'modern digital native' student."

— Stacie Anfinson, Scottsdale Community College

"It seems like a good approach for my students. I think they would be more likely to do the reading, and they would be able to read more effectively and efficiently. It would provide good support for the philosophical material I also provide."

— Mark Webb, Texas Tech University

"I think the live links to audio and visual materials will excite the students. The review links will also be helpful, allowing the students to know which areas of the materials they have not mastered and to revisit the materials selectively for enhanced retention of crucial areas of the course."

— Cynthia Carsten, University of Phoenix and Pima Community College


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Instructor Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133000673 | ISBN-13: 9781133000679)

Interested in a simple way to complement your text and course content with study and practice materials? Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. Includes videos, an audio pronunciation glossary, map activities, quizzes, learning objectives, flashcards and more. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

List Price = $59.95  | CengageBrain Price = $59.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.95

Student Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133000673 | ISBN-13: 9781133000679)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes—online with CourseMate.

List Price = $59.95  | CengageBrain Price = $59.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.95

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133524664 | ISBN-13: 9781133524663)

Succeed in your religion course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $53.00  | CengageBrain Price = $53.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $53.00

General MindLink for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285311302 | ISBN-13: 9781285311302)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your religion course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, view videos, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $64.95

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 113352477X | ISBN-13: 9781133524779)

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WebTutor™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285491416 | ISBN-13: 9781285491417)

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Interactive Quizzing with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133605877 | ISBN-13: 9781133605874)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert E. Van Voorst

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst is Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1995. He has served as a visiting professor in Oxford University and Zhejiang University in China. Van Voorst has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 3rd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 9th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus in ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.