Part 1 The religious response: why are there religions?; modes of knowing - reason and intuition; understandings of the divine; worship and symbol; women and the feminine in religions; fundamental and liberal interpretations; the dark side of organized religion; suggested reading. Part 2 Indigenous sacred ways: barriers to understanding; cultural diversity; the circle of right relationships; "Living Indigenous Sacred Ways"; spiritual specialists; contemporary rituals; "The Sun Dance Way of Self-Sacrifice"; suggested reading. Part 3 Hinduism: pre-vedic religion; vedic religion; "Timeline"; spiritual disciplines; "Living Hinduism"; major theistic cults; major philosophical systems; popular forms of worship; modern world Hinduism; suggested reading. Part 4 Jainism: the Tirthankaras and Mahavira; freeing the soul - the ethical pillars; spiritual practices; "Living Jainism"; world Jainism; suggested reading. Part 5 Buddhism: the life of Buddha; "Timeline"; the Dharma; "Living Buddhism"; life in a Western Zen Monastery"; Buddhism in the West; suggested reading. Part 6 Taoism and Confucianism: ancient traditions; Taoism - the valley way; "Living Taoism"; Tao-chiao - Taoist religion; Confucianism - perfect virtue; suggested reading. Part 7 Shinto: the way of the Kami; Shinto today; "Living Shinto"; suggested reading. Part 8 Zoroastrianism: origins in ancient Iran; Zarathushtra's mission; post-Zarathushtran history; Zoroastrian teachings; spiritual practices; "Living Zoroastrianism"; Zoroastrianism today; suggested reading. Part 9 Judaism: a history of Israel; "Timeline"; Torah; sacred practices; holy days; contemporary Judaism; "Living Judaism"; suggested reading. Part 10 christianity: the evidence of the Bible; the life of Jesus; "Timeline"; the teachings of Jesus; "Christian Love in Action"; the early church; the Eastern Orthodox church; medieval Roman Catholicism; the Protestant Reformation; the Roman Catholic Reformation; the impact of the enlightenment; Vatican councils I and II; sacred practices; contemporary trends; "Living Christianity"; suggested reading. Part 11 Islam: the prophet Muhammad; "Timeline"; the Qur'an; "Living Islam"; the central teachings; the Sunni-Shi'ite split; sufism; the five pillars and jihad; the spread of Islam; relationships with the West; Muslim resurgence; suggested reading. (Part contents).
Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths by Mary Pat Fisher
Mary Pat Fisher
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