Striving to be the most student-friendly textbook in this field, WAYS TO THE CENTER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS, Seventh Edition, weaves together rich historical, cultural, and theological detail into structural and philosophical sections that analyze each of the world's major religions in terms of its views on nature, society, self, and ultimate reality. The readily accessible text is designed for today's students and places a premium on the development of critical thinking. Combining both historical and systematic analyses, the book takes as its focus the theme of personal centeredness--a primary goal of each featured religion.
Table of Contents
1. WHAT IS RELIGION?
Definition of Religion. Religion Versus Science? Religion Versus Other Values. Components of Religion. God or Gods? Religion Versus Government. Sacred Writings. Religious Roles. Scholarly Approaches.
2. TRIBAL RELIGIONS.
Earliest Religion. Common Themes in Tribal Religion. Australian Aborigines. Inuits (Eskimo). Native Americans. Africans. Southeast Asians and Melanesians. Polynesians. Ainu. Teutons. Celts.
3. RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS.
Religious Themes. Mesopotamia. Egypt. Iran & Zoroastrianism. New World Civilizations.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Hindu Center.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Jewish Center.
6. CHINA AND JAPAN.
History of China. The Chinese Worldview. Summary: The Chinese Center. The History of Japan. Japanese Worldview. Summary: The Japanese Center.
7. GREEK AND HELLENISTIC RELIGION.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Greek and Hellenistic Center.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Buddhist Center.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Christian Center.
History. Worldview. Summary: The Muslim Center.
11. MODERN TIMES.
Worldview. Summary: The Humanistic Center. Responses to Secularism. Unity and Diversity.
Index and Glossary.