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

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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.
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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

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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.
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Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication

Author: Jane Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351059254

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 402

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Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication is a lively and accessible introduction for undergraduates who are new to the study of intercultural communication, with a particular emphasis on the language dimension. Incorporating real-life examples from around the world and drawing on current research, this text argues against cultural stereotyping and instead provides students with a skill-building framework to enhance understanding of the complexities of language and intercultural communication in diverse international settings. Readers will learn to become more attuned to power relations and the ways in which sociopolitical forces can influence language choice/attitudes and the intercultural communication process. Features new to this edition include: Revised in-text discussion questions and the introduction of multiple exercises and examples that aim to engage students and provide a more interactive experience; New material that takes account of key social, cultural, and political events such as the refugee crisis, Brexit and the rise of populism in many parts of the world Updated theoretical constructs that reflect recent trends in this area of study such as criticality in intercultural communication An updated Companion Website featuring suggested readings, links to media resources and real-world intercultural scenarios for students, as well as additional in-depth instructor resources featuring test materials, PowerPoints, key terms, extended chapter outlines, and sample assignments and syllabi Refreshed references and glossary to enhance understanding of key terms and concepts. This is the essential text for undergraduate students who are new to the field of intercultural communication.
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A Pocket Essential Short Introduction to Religion

Author: Gordon Kerr

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857301713

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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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
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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

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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.
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Sexuality and the World's Religions

Author: David W. Machacek,Melissa M. Wilcox

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576073599

Category: Psychology

Page: 430

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Looks at issues concerning sexuality and religion in nine of the world's religions, including Daoism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Catholicism, covering such topics as sexual orientation, reproductive rights, and sexual rituals.
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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

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Provides information about the symbols, rituals, art, and history of religions around the world.
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Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

Author: Matthew Clarke

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857933574

Category: Religion

Page: 602

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With eighty percent of the world's population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. This fascinating and highly unique Handbook brings together state-of-the-art research on incorporating religion into development studies literature and research. The expert contributors illustrate that as religious identity is integral to a community's culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions; it is therefore necessary to conflate religion and development to enhance efforts to improve the lives of the poor. Issues addressed include: key tenets, beliefs and histories of religions; religious response to development concerns (gender, environment, education, microfinance, humanitarian assistance); and the role of faith based organisations and missionaries in the wider development context. Practical case studies of countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific (including Australia) underpin the research, providing evidence that the intersection between religion and development is neither new nor static. By way of conclusion, suggestions are prescribed for extensive further research in order to advance understanding of this nascent field. This path-breaking Handbook will prove a thought-provoking and stimulating reference tool for academics, researchers and students in international development, international relations, comparative religion and theology.
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World Religions

An Indispensable Introduction

Author: Gerald R McDermott

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1401675530

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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An essential introduction to eight of the world’s major religions. Gerald R. McDermott explains what you need to understand about major world religions in order to engage people of other faiths while better understanding your own Christian faith and practice. McDermott offers an overview of the central beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Each chapter includes explanations of traditions and rituals. McDermott discusses major figures within each religion. Features include: Insights from members of each religious community Glossary of important terms
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