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The Religions Book

Big Ideas Simply Explained
(Book - 2013 )
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Religion has influenced human culture since prehistory, shaping everything from the politics of war and peace to notions of morality and issues of sex, reproduction, and family. On an individual level, it has also offered people a sense of meaning, purpose, and comfort, and even today, when science appears to offer answers to many of the world's conundrums, faith persists and many religions--including Christianity and Islam--are still growing. The Religions Book explains in a clear, accessible way more than 100 of the most important theological ideas, from those bound up in the earliest cultures to others that have emerged in the last few hundred years, along with all of the main tenets of the world's major faiths. In doing so, it considers key issues such as the problem of defining good and evil, the significance of suffering, creation and the afterlife ("Why are we here?" and "Why do we die?"), and the nature of God.--Publisher's description.
Title: The religions book
big ideas simply explained
Publisher: New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2013.
Edition: First American edition.
Characteristics: 352 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Introduction
Primal beliefs from prehistory
Unseen forces are at work : making sense of the world
Even a rock has a spirit : animism in early societies
Special people can visit other worlds : the power of the shaman
Why are we here? : created for a purpose
Eternity is now : the Dreaming
Our ancestors will guide us : the spirits of the dead live on
We should be good : living in harmony
Everything is connected : a lifelong bond with the gods
The gods desire blood : sacrifice and blood offerings
We can build a sacred space : symbolism made real
We are in rhythm with universe : man and the cosmos
We exist to serve the gods : the burden of observance
Our rituals sustain the world : renewing life through ritual
Ancient and classical beliefs from 3000 BCE
There is a hierarchy of gods and men : beliefs for new societies
The good live forever in the kingdom of Osiris : preparing for the afterlife
The triumph of good over evil depends on humankind : the battle between good and evil
Accept the way of the universe : aligning the self with the dao
The Five Great Vows : self-denial leads to spiritual liberation
Virtue is not sent from heaven : wisdom lies with the superior man
A divine child is born : the assimilation of myth
The oracles reveal the will of the gods : divining the future
The gods are just like us : beliefs that mirror society
Ritual links us to our past : living the Way of the Gods
The gods will die : the end of the world as we know it
Hinduism from 1700 BCE
Through sacrifice we maintain the order of the universe : a rational world
The divine has a female aspect : the power of the great goddess
Sit up close to your guru : higher levels of teaching
Brahman is my self within the heart : the ultimate reality
We learn, we live, we withdraw, we detach : the four stages of life
It may be your duty to kill : selfless action
The practice of yoga leads to spiritual liberation : physical and mental discipline
We speak to the gods through daily rituals : devotion through puja
The world is an illusion : seeing with pure consciousness
So many faiths, so many paths : God-consciousness
Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong : Hinduism in the political age
Buddhism from 6th century BCE
Finding the middle way : the enlightenment of Buddha
There can be an end to suffering : escape from the eternal cycle
Test Buddha's words as one would the quality of gold : the personal quest for truth
Religious discipline is necessary : the purpose of monastic vows
Renounce killing and good will follow : let kindness and compassion rule
We cannot say what a person is : the self as constantly changing
Enlightenment has many faces : Buddhas and bodhisattvas
Act out your beliefs : the performance of ritual and repetition
Discover your Buddha nature : Zen insights that go beyond words
Judaism from 2000 BCE
I will take you as my people, and I will be your God : God's covenant with Israel
Beside me there is no other God : from monolatry to monotheism
The Messiah will redeem Israel : the promise of a new age
Religious law can be applied to daily life : writing the Oral Law
God is incorporeal, indivisible, and unique : defining the indefinable
God and humankind are in cosmic exile : mysticism and the kabbalah
The holy spark dwells in everyone : man as a manifestation of God
Judaism is a religion, not a nationality : faith and the state
Draw from the past, live in the present, work for the future : Progressive Judaism
If you will it, it is no dream : the origins of modern political Zionism
Where was God during the Holocaust? : a challenge to the covenant
Women can be rabbis : gender and the covenant
Christianity from 1st century CE
Jesus is the beginning of the end : Jesus's message to the world
God has sent us his Son : Jesus's divine identity
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church : dying for the message
The body may die but the soul will live on : immortality in Christianity
God is three and God is one : a divine trinity
God's grace never fails : Augustine and free will
In the world, but not of the world : serving God on behalf of others
There is no salvation outside the Church : entering into the faith
This is my body, this is my blood : the mystery of the Eucharist
God's word needs no go-betweens : the Protestant Reformation
God is hidden in the heart : mystical experience in Christianity
The body needs saving as well as the soul : social holiness and evangelicalism
Scientific advances do not disprove the Bible : the challenge of modernity
We can influence God : why prayer works
Islam from 610 CE
Muhammad is God's final messenger : the Prophet and the origins of Islam
The Qur'an was sent down from heaven : God reveals his word and his will
The Five Pillars of Islam : the central professions of faith
The imam is God's chosen leader : the emergence of Shi'a Islam
God guides us with shari'a : the pathway to harmonious living
We can think about God, but we cannot comprehend him : theological speculation in Islam
Jihad is our religious duty : striving in the way of God
The world is one stage of the journey to God : the ultimate reward for the righteous
God is unequaled : the unity of divinity is necessary
Arab, water pot, and angels are all ourselves : Sufism and the mystic tradition
The latter days have brought forth a new prophet : the origins of Ahmadiyya
Islam must shed the influence of the West : the rise of Islamic revivalism
Islam can be a modern religion : the compatibility of faith
Modern religions from 15th century
We must live as saint-soldiers : the Sikh code of conduct
All may enter our gateway to God : class systems and faith
Messages to and from home : the African roots of Santeria
Ask yourself : "what would Jesus do?" : following the example of Christ
We shall know him through his messengers : the revelation of Baha'i
Brush away the dust of sin : Tenrikyo and the Joyous Life
These gifts must be meant for us : Cargo cults of the Pacific islands
The end of the world is nigh : awaiting the Day of Judgement
The lion of Judah has arisen : Ras Tafari is our savior
All religions are equal : Cao Đài aims to unify all faiths
We have forgotten our true nature : clearing the mind with Scientology
Find a sinless world through marriage : purging sin in the Unification Church
Spirits rest between lives in Summerland : Wicca and the Otherworld
Negative thoughts are just raindrops in an ocean of bliss : finding inner peace through meditation
What's true for me is the truth : a faith open to all beliefs
Chanting Hare Krishna cleanses the heart : devotion to the Sweet Lord
Through qigong we access cosmic energy : life-energy cultivation in Falun Dafa.
Summary: Religion has influenced human culture since prehistory, shaping everything from the politics of war and peace to notions of morality and issues of sex, reproduction, and family. On an individual level, it has also offered people a sense of meaning, purpose, and comfort, and even today, when science appears to offer answers to many of the world's conundrums, faith persists and many religions--including Christianity and Islam--are still growing. The Religions Book explains in a clear, accessible way more than 100 of the most important theological ideas, from those bound up in the earliest cultures to others that have emerged in the last few hundred years, along with all of the main tenets of the world's major faiths. In doing so, it considers key issues such as the problem of defining good and evil, the significance of suffering, creation and the afterlife ("Why are we here?" and "Why do we die?"), and the nature of God.--Publisher's description.
Local Note: 6 29 35 53 61 62 66 74 78 80 97 102 110 118 133 138 148 149 151 152 153 173 175 182 193 210 211 216 222 228 242 244 250 262 264 270
ISBN: 9781465408433
Statement of Responsibility: contributors, Shulamit Ambalu, Michael Coogan, Eve Levavi Feinstein, Paul Freedman, Neil Philip, Andrew Stobart, Mel Thompson, Charles Tieszen, Marcus Weeks
Subject Headings: Religion. Religions.
Topical Term: Religion.
Religions.
LCCN: 2012286307
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