World Religions, 7th Edition

  • Warren Matthews Old Dominion University
  • ISBN-10: 1111834725
  • ISBN-13: 9781111834722
  • 464 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 1999
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

Presenting both the histories and the prevalent worldviews of the major world religions, Matthews's WORLD RELIGIONS, Seventh Edition, methodically introduces students to the richness and diversity of these traditions. The "Worldview" sections in particular make this the most helpful textbook for comparative analyses of the religions. In these sections, students can see how the different religions approach a common set of ten themes that are fundamental to all traditions, including the nature of the Absolute, the place of humans in the world, rituals and symbols, and the prospects for life after death. Furthermore, this text combines insightful, engaging prose with maps, photographs, timelines, excerpts from sacred texts, and other helpful pedagogical aids that provide a comprehensive yet accessible survey of world religions. Warren Matthews's thoughtful and balanced approach depicts the unique traditions and perspectives of diverse world religions with objectivity and respect.


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  • Each religion is presented with a consistent ordering of topics to make comparison of different faiths a straightforward process.
  • "Worldview" sections allow students to discern the commonalities and differences among the major religions' outlook on the world. Matthews's unique approach fulfills two main objectives: providing students with a strong sense of history and introducing them to the comprehensive worldview.
  • Maps throughout the text identify significant sites in various world religions.
  • Learning Objectives and Review Questions are found in each chapter.
  • Examples of scriptures and key lessons of religious teachers are included for most religions and, generally, present a complete thought or argument to help students appreciate important expressions of faith by those who practice it.
  • Ritual and Symbols boxes elaborate on sacred performances and objects from an insider's perspective.
  • A running glossary in the text's margins defines critical terms for the reader; definitions that are also compiled at the back of the text.
  • A new "Religion in the Media" feature draws attention to the ways that different religions become part of the national and international discourse. Accompanying questions expand and contemporize classroom discussion of religious events and issues.

What's New

  • Updated timelines, population figures and photographs have been incorporated into the text.
  • Revised and updated review and discussion questions help students focus their reading while remaining mindful of the broader religious context and implications.
  • Chapter 12 on globalization has been updated to reflect the rapidly changing nature of this phenomenon.
  • A new "Religion in the Media" feature draws attention to the ways that different religions become part of the national and international discourse. Accompanying questions expand and contemporize classroom discussion of religious events and issues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
Part I: RELIGIONS OF TRIBES AND CITY STATES.
1. Religions of the Americas.
2. Religions of Africa.
Part II: RELIGIONS ARISING IN INDIA.
3. Hinduism.
4. Buddhism.
5. Jainism and Sikhism.
Part III: RELIGIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN.
6. China and Japan.
Part IV: RELIGIONS THAT INFLUENCED EAST AND WEST.
7. Ancient Religions of Iraq and Iran.
Part V: RELIGIONS OF THE FAMILY OF ABRAHAM.
8. Judaism.
9. Christianity.
10. Islam.
Part VI: RELIGIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
11. New Forms of Older Religions.
12. Globalization and World Religions.
Glossary.
Index.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Warren Matthews

Warren Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he previously served as department chair and as dean of Student Affairs and vice president. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion. WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth Edition, has developed from his frequent conversations with members of diverse religions in classrooms, campuses, communities, and international travels as well as from his scholarly work.

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"This text concentrates on the two most important aspects for understanding religion from an academic standpoint -- historical development and worldview analysis."
— James Sennett, Brenau University
"The content is nicely geared toward drawing the attention of the student."
— Suzanne Jacobs, Salt Lake Community College

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