The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction

The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction

The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction

The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction

Synopsis

This introductory textbook describes and compares six religious traditions - Native American, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist - focusing on ways in which belief is played out in practice, experience, and community. Emphasis is placed on religion in the USA today, with attention to the historical developments each religion has undergone, especially in response to the religious pluralism of American culture.

Excerpt

This book is an introductory, comparative study of six religious traditions -- Native American religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The purpose of the book is to acquaint readers with these traditions, and to stimulate discussion about some of their similarities and differences. In light of the extraordinary increase in religious diversity in the United States since the 1960s, and in light of the fact that the United States is now home to virtually every living religion in the world, the book approaches the religions of the world through the window of their presence in the United States today. Based on the assumption that some understanding of religion and its effects on society is necessary for understanding the world today, the book is intended for college students as part of their general education, and for all who are interested in developing their ability to understand the religious traditions of their neighbors.

The central and organizing theme of the book is the power of religion. The book focuses on the effects of religion in people's . . .

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