World Religions (Second Edition)(Paperback)

    World Religions (Second Edition)(Paperback)

    Thomas A Robinson & Hillary P Rodrigues
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    A clear and concise portrait of the history, beliefs, and practices of Eastern and Western religions.

    The new edition contains added material and has been revised throughout. The authors, both respected scholars of world religions, have over fifty years of combined teaching experience. Their book is accessibly written for introductory classes, can be easily adapted for one- or two-semester courses, and presents a neutral approach for broad classroom use. Pedagogical aids include further reading suggestions, photographs, sidebars, and pronunciation guides.

    Endorsements

    "Already a very good textbook introducing the student to world religions, in its second edition this book adds a number of useful teaching aids that recommend it even more highly. Each chapter now begins with a useful selection of 'quick facts' to complement the many sidebars of 'factoids' found throughout the book. There is now a thoughtfully chosen selection of photos, illustrations, and maps incorporated into each chapter, and each now concludes with a list of suggested readings. Many will be pleased to see that the authors have thoughtfully added discussions of the roles of women to their coverage of each tradition. Other smaller additions, such as the discussion of 'sect' and 'cult,' contribute to the value of this textbook. Highly recommended for first-year college courses on world religions." - Michael DeRoche, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

    "One of the best introductory surveys of religions gets better in a second edition with revised and additional materials, including quick-facts pages, sections on women, and more illustrations. This multi-authored text maintains a remarkable cohesive fluidity and clarity that is extremely accessible and attractive. Its concise and well-structured exposition minimizes technical jargon and sticks to interesting essential details in a well-balanced development of history, beliefs, and practices of major and minor religious traditions. Although the book is only three hundred pages long, the depth of discussion is significant and quite creative for an introductory overview. Enhanced by a substantial chapter on minor religions and major subgroups, a fine introduction to methods of religious studies, a spelling guide, and excellent summary sidebars, it also makes available to instructors extensive multiple-choice test questions." - Michael Stoeber, Regis College and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

    About the Authors

    Thomas A. Robinson (PhD, McMaster University) is professor of religious studies and chair of the department at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He specializes in the relationship between Christianity and Judaism and the development of Christianity's distinctive identity in the Roman Empire. His previous books include Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways and Mastering New Testament Greek.

    Hillary P. Rodrigues (PhD, McMaster University), professor of religious studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, specializes in Hinduism. He teaches courses on various Eastern religions and on aspects of Asian philosophy and literature. He is the author of several books, including Introduction to the Study of Religion and Introducing Hinduism.