Higher Education

RELG: World, 2nd Edition

  • Includes CourseMate Printed Access Card.
  • Robert E. Van Voorst Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan
  • ISBN-10: 1285434684  |  ISBN-13: 9781285434681
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

Created by the continuous feedback of a "student-tested, faculty-approved" process, RELG: WORLD, Second Edition, delivers a visually appealing and succinct print component as well as tear-out review and prep cards for students and instructors. It also provides a consistent online offering with CourseMate, including an eBook and a set of interactive digital tools, all at a value-based price and proven to increase retention and outcomes. The eBook includes annotated links to videos, audio, Google Earth™ explorations, and primary sources. Instructors are always looking for ways to make religions practiced in distant places and times "come alive" for their students. This book's framing of the study of different religions as encounters between the student and believers who are in many ways like the students resonates with students' needs. In both content and design, RELG: WORLD aims to address course challenges of lower cost, brevity, and relevance to students. Instructors wishing to complement their course with additional primary sources can create a custom edition incorporating selections from the more than 200 readings in Van Voorst's best-selling ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES.

Features and Benefits

  • Every 4LTR Press solution provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with over 500 faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter Learning Outcomes are listed at the beginning of each chapter, keyed to each major heading, and used to organize the end-of-book Chapter in Review cards.
  • A What Do You Think? miniquiz at the beginning of each chapter is designed to engage students with surprising information that dispels common misconceptions.
  • In-text study and learning aids include key terms boldfaced and defined in the text margins; pullout quotes reinforcing the magazine style; striking photos with captions or pull quotes; "A Closer Look" boxes on symbols, dress, customs, and origins of terms specific to each religion; and vignettes of encounters with adherents of each religion.
  • Chapter in Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter. They offer a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Quizzes, audio, video, flashcards, and more are only a click away.
  • RELG: WORLD provides all the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including images, video, audio, and maps to help you with your presentations and to increase student engagement with course material. Having a unified website with an integrated eBook makes it possible for you to build your presentations easily from one source--even, perhaps, from the digital version of the book, which includes numerous annotated links to videos, audio, Google Earth explorations, and primary sources.

Table of Contents

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 People.
11. Encountering Christianity: The Way of Jesus Christ.
12. Encountering Islam: The Straight Path of the One God.
13. Encountering New Religious Movements: Modern Ways to Alternative
Meanings.
Index.

What's New

  • Chapters on specific faiths now conclude with a full section on the globalization of these religions, with special attention to their presence in North America.
  • This edition features the MindTap® Reader ebook, designed from the ground up for an optimum Internet reading experience.
  • With the growth in eReader usage among students, this edition features a new numbering system for major headings that is easier for you to use than page numbers when creating assignments.
  • Updates and enhancements make the book even more appealing, relevant, and helpful to students. These include seventeen new links in BBC videos not available on the Internet; four new "A Closer Look" boxes, which highlight dress, customs, and origins of terms specific to each religion; five new linked primary sources; over 100 new photos to complement the narrative; and 50% more boldfaced glossary terms that facilitate study and review.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1337071048  | ISBN-13: 9781337071048

List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • RELG: World
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • LMS Integrated Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


Print Option: Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1337087572 | ISBN-13:  9781337087575

List Price = $70.95  | CengageBrain Price = $70.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • RELG: World
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The idea of bringing so many types of resources together is brilliant. . . . as this all-in-one format becomes more popular in textbook publishing, both instructors and students should become familiar and comfortable with all the different features and options. A mobile device application would greatly enhance the usability and popularity of the product."

— Csaba Nyiri, University of Toledo

"The text is a dream come true. It is clear, precise, and well planned with more resources than you could ever wish. More texts need to be as complete as this one."

— Mark Horton, Westchester Community College

"I. . . found it to be one of the best texts I have ever used. I will use it again."

— Kevin Maxwell, Notre Dame de Namur University

"Van Voorst and the production team have produced a very appealing text. The visuals are stunning, the writing is engaging, and the abilities and interests of the student audience are always kept in mind. By foregrounding the learning objectives and providing the resources for students to take charge of their own learning and self-assessment, instructors will have more time to make the classroom experience engaging and centered around discussion rather than presentation of factual material."

— Steve Young, McHenry County College

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979435 | ISBN-13: 9781285979434)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285433831 | ISBN-13: 9781285433837)

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, which includes quizzes, flashcards, and more. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need.

List Price = $52.50  | CengageBrain Price = $52.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Anthology of World Scriptures  (ISBN-10: 1133934447 | ISBN-13: 9781133934448)

With ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, your students will encounter the most notable and instructive sacred texts from major world religions, including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to scriptures from new religious movements including: Baha'i, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Christian Science Church, and the Unification Church. ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES presents scripture readings in context, showing students how each religion is actually practiced today, as well as introducing its history, teachings, organization, ethics and rituals. These selections are supported by introductions, study questions, glossaries, extensive footnotes, timelines, scriptural charts and suggestions for further reading by the editor. A new premium website features many interactive resources including a Zoom Gallery powered by Google Earth, an interactive study tool which brings to life the geography, lands, and religious sites important to each religion.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.75

Student Supplements

General MindLInk for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305099656 | ISBN-13: 9781305099654)

List Price = $74.95  | CengageBrain Price = $74.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $74.95

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285433831 | ISBN-13: 9781285433837)

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, and take practice quizzes--online with CourseMate.

List Price = $52.50  | CengageBrain Price = $52.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Anthology of World Scriptures  (ISBN-10: 1133934447 | ISBN-13: 9781133934448)

With ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, you will encounter the most notable and instructive sacred texts from major world religions, including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to scriptures from new religious movements including: Baha'i, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Christian Science Church, and the Unification Church. ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES presents scripture readings in context, showing how each religion is actually practiced today, as well as introducing its history, teachings, organization, ethics and rituals. These selections are supported by introductions, study questions, glossaries, extensive footnotes, timelines, scriptural charts and suggestions for further reading by the editor. A new premium website features many interactive resources including a Zoom Gallery powered by Google Earth, an interactive study tool which brings to life the geography, lands, and religious sites important to each religion.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.75

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.