For courses in World Religions or Comparative Religions.
This introduction to the world's religions provides an orientation to the study of religion, surveys the history of the major world religions, and discusses the ways these religions respond to contemporary ethical issues. It also presents a sampling of new religious movements and looks to the possible ways the world's religions may interact in the 21st century. Its distinctive “framework for understanding” religious worldviews allows students to compare and contrast the teachings objectively.
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"The entire focus on contemporary issues is unique, as far as I have found. In addition, Young has the best chapter on Indigenous Religions I have found. And his first chapters on definitions of religion are quite excellent and much easier for students to follow than in many similar textbooks .... This book is far preferred by students." — Pamela Jean Owens, University of Nebraska, Omaha
"The author has the student in mind ....Students with little background can comprehend it and find it interesting ....This is the only text I use, and it covers everything well for me." — Mark Putnam, University of Northwestern IowaFrom the Back Cover:
William A. Young employs a set of engaging, essential questions to draw students into a concise, contemporary study of the world's religions. Coverage includes major religions, as well as indigenous religions and new religious movements, providing basic history and worldviews of each. Unlike other leading texts on the market, Young devotes an entire section to twenty-first century ethical concerns—ecology, economics, war, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, gender, and sexual orientation—describing in a balanced manner how world religions understand and address these issues.
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ALSO FREE! AND BUNDLED WITH EVERY NEW COPY of The World's Religions is Prentice Hall's exclusive TIME Special Edition: World Religions. Recent articles and essays on the world's major religions bring currency to students' study of religion. Articles are highlighted at the end of chapters.
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