12 Major World Religions

The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths

Author: Jason Boyett

Publisher: Zephyros Press

ISBN: 9781623156923

Category: Religion

Page: 302

View: 1929


For billions of people, having a religious belief system provides purpose in life. For some, religion serves as a guide for moral behavior. Today's world is one in which our understanding of world religions is both understatedly important, as well as increasingly complex. After many years exploring the foundations of various world religions, Jason Boyett has written this comprehensive, easy-to-understand exploration of the twelve major world religions through a meticulous, yet unbiased lens. 12 Major World Religions offers an impartial look at where each of these belief systems intersects, how they differ, and why some have been―or are currently―misunderstood.

Three Worlds of Collective Human Experience: Individual Life, Social Change, and Human Evolution

Author: Victor N. Shaw

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319981951

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 5947


This book explores three worlds shared by the humans in their collective experiences. It identifies and explores the world of commonsense, the world of religion, and the world of science as three essential dimensions of human experience. The book helps understand that humans can gain comfort and pleasure in commonsense, achieve meaning and purpose from religion, and attain truth and rationality through science. It actively applies theories to and develops theoretical explanations from different domains or situations of human existence. This book is of interest to theorists, researchers, instructors, and students across major academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

A Pocket Essential Short Introduction to Religion

Author: Gordon Kerr

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857301713

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 5993


During this time of conflict and suspicion, it is perhaps more important than ever to understand the beliefs and philosophies of other cultures. A Short History of Religion provides a useful guide to the world's most popular religions - Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism - describing their origins and history, beliefs, worship and sacred writings, but also investigates many of the smaller and lesser known religions as well as newer movements such as Scientology, Wicca and Raëlism. Praise for Gordon Kerr 'Factual and even-handed, Kerr presents a fair-minded introduction of basic Chinese history' - Booklist 'Thoroughly rewarding' - Travelmag 'Informative, fascinating and extremely well-researched...Gordon Kerr's book is a mini masterpiece' - ABC Brisbane

Exodus 20 (The Ten Commandments)

The Evans Practical Bible Commentary

Author: Roderick L. Evans

Publisher: Abundant Truth Publishing

ISBN: 1601412843

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 3617


In this commentary, we will examine Exodus 20. This chapter gives the initial giving of the Ten Commandments. God gave them as a foundation for Israel’s national identity and worship. Their implementation also marked a dividing line in humankind’s history. Though there is controversy and varying commentaries on the Ten Commandments, their eternal truth yet resounds. The Christian, today, should not only memorize these commandments, but also understand their application in the Christian life.

Belief, Ritual and the Securing of Life

Reflective Essays on a Bantu Religion

Author: Malcolm Ruel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004106406

Category: Religion

Page: 270

View: 968


This collection of essays focuses upon the religion and ritual of the Kuria people of East Africa, but uses this material to raise wider comparative and cross-cultural issues regarding broad themes in eastern Bantu religions as well as western assumptions about religion and individual personhood.

World Religions in Practice

A Comparative Introduction

Author: Paul Gwynne

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444360051

Category: Religion

Page: 448

View: 7461


World Religions in Practice introduces five of the world's great religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and explores how they are lived and expressed in custom, ritual, and symbol. A major new textbook exploring the world's great religions through their customs, rituals and everyday practices – by focusing on this 'lived experience' it goes beyond many traditional introductions to religious studies Adopts a directly comparative approach to develop a greater understanding of the nature of religion Each chapter engages with an individual theme, such as birth, death, food, pilgrimage and ethics, to illustrate how religious practices are expressed Broadens students' understanding by offering an impartial discussion of the similarities and differences between each religion Includes chapter-by-chapter opening themes and summaries, and will be accompanied by a website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/gwynne featuring additional resources and study questions.

Death and afterlife

perspectives of world religions

Author: Hiroshi Ōbayashi

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 209

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Major religious traditions of the world contain perspectives of perennial importance on the topic of death and afterlife. Here thirteen scholars, each a specialist in a particular religious tradition, outline the beliefs and practices relating to death and afterlife.

The World's Religions

Author: Ninian Smart,Founded British First Department of Religious Studies at University of Lancaster and J F Rowny Professor of Comparative Religions Ninian Smart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521637480

Category: Religion

Page: 608

View: 5596


Provides information about the symbols, rituals, art, and history of religions around the world.

Encyclopedia of World Religions

Author: Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé

Publisher: Foreign Media Group

ISBN: 9781601360007

Category: Reference

Page: 960

View: 5202


Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.

Handbook of Religion and Health

Author: Harold G. Koenig,Michael E. McCullough,David B. Larson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199727643

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 728

View: 703


What effect does religion have on physical and mental health? In answering this question, this book reviews and discusses research on the relationship between religion and a variety of mental and physical health outcomes, including depression and anxiety; heart disease, stroke, and cancer; and health related behaviors such as smoking and substance abuse. The authors examine the positive and negative effects of religion on health throughout the life span, from childhood to old age. Based on their findings, they build theoretical models illustrating the behavioral, psychological, social, and physiological pathways through which religion may influence health. The authors also review research on the impact of religious affiliation, belief, and practice on the use of health services and compliance with medical treatment. In conclusion, they discuss the clinical relevance of their findings and make recommendations for future research priorities. Offering the first comprehensive examination of its topic, this volume is an indispensable resource for research scientists, health professionals, public policy makers, and anyone interested in the relationship between religion and health.