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Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs

Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs - 3rd edition

Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780130209801

ISBN10: 0130209805

Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs by Ninian Smart - ISBN 9780130209801
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Edition: 3RD 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
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Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs by Ninian Smart - ISBN 9780130209801

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ISBN10: 0130209805

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Edition: 3RD 00
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Summary

This text offers a balanced, wide-ranging, and realistic approach to the study of modern religion. It explores and analyzes the many dimensions not only of the major religious traditions, but also those of the civil religions (e.g., nationalism) that often compete and combine with them in the modern world.

  • Revised to reflect the changes caused by the fall of communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union.
    • Provides students with the most current picture of religion in this dynamic part of the world.
  • Additional examples of the role of women in major faiths.
    • Demonstrates the importance of women in their faiths.
  • Explores the major religious traditions as well as secular ideologies (Marxism, nationalisms, scientific humanism) which compete and combine with religions.
    • Exposes students to the full range of worldviews, showing how, whether traditional or secular, they define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and change worldwide.
  • The six dimensions of each major religious/ideological tradition-- Experiential/emotional; narrative/ mythic; doctrinal/philosophical; ethical/legal; ritual/practical; and social/organizational.
    • Enables students to understand the dynamics of each tradition, and to see that although the various traditions may all share similar aspects, they each assign varying levels of importance to specific areas.
  • A map of major cultural areas of the world--e.g., Islamic countries, the modern West, Latin America, Black Africa.
    • Helps students visualize the range and context of each tradition.
  • The emergence of a ''new religious age''--Reflects the decay of traditional authorities, the resurgence of individualism, etc.
    • Introduces students to contemporary trends in religion.
  • Postscript on how to continue studying and thinking about religious studies.
    • Shows students how an on-going study of worldviews can enrich their personal lives by helping them to better understand not only current global events, but the diversity they may encounter in everyday situations in their local communities.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Exploring Religion and Analyzing Worldviews.
2. Worldviews: An Inventory.
3. The Experiential Dimension.
4. The Mythic Dimension.
5. The Doctrinal Dimension.
6. The Ethical Dimension.
7. The Ritual Dimension.
8. The Social Dimension.
9. Reflections on the Twentieth Century.
Postscript: Further Explorations in Worldview Analysis.
Further Reading.
Index.

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