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World Religions, 6th Edition

  • Warren Matthews Old Dominion University
  • ISBN-10: 0495603856  |  ISBN-13: 9780495603856
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 1999, 1995
  • © 2010 | Published
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Overview

Presenting both the histories and the prevalent worldviews of the major world religions, Matthews's WORLD RELIGIONS, Sixth 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.

Features and Benefits

  • The sixth edition features thoroughly updated and redesigned timelines to provide even more useful study tools and a quick, yet comprehensive overview of related history and culture.
  • Each religion is presented with a consistent ordering of topics, giving students a solid framework to compare and contrast, and through the unique "Worldview" sections to understand readily 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.
  • Quotations from scripture provide students with a foundation in the scared literature that is the cornerstone of each religion. 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.
  • "Consider This" boxes suggest alternative perspectives; encourage discussion about the significance of various insights, claims, or activities encountered in the exploration of different religions; and invite students to step back from story and faith in order to reflect on the significance of key facts or ideas.
  • An extensive appendix includes a variety of instructive charts that diagram the various movements, denominations, and sects within the major world religions, making it easier to place individual events and ideas into a broader context.
  • "Religions Today" sections highlight the world populations practicing various religions and the particular socio-political issues currently facing each religion.

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.
11. New Forms of Older Religions.
12. Globalization and World Religions.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Learning objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter provide clear guidelines to help students approach the material more effectively and enhance their study of each religion.
  • Two new chapters move beyond the traditional religions covered for chapters focus on new forms of older religions and ethical challenges to religion.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.