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The Message and the Book

The Message and the Book

Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

  • Author: John Bowker,Atlantic Books, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Ltd.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300179294
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 416
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Grand in its sweep, this survey of the sacred writings of the major religions of the world offers a thoughtful introduction to the ideas and beliefs upon which great faiths are built. Under the expert guidance of John Bowker, a religious scholar and author of international stature, readers explore the key texts of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, Confucian, Daoist, and Shinto traditions. The author discusses some 400 books, among them such well-known sacred texts as the Bible and the Quran, but also spiritual writings by theologians, philosophers, poets, and others. Bowker provides clear and illuminating commentary on each text, describing the content and core tenets of the work and quoting pertinent passages. He also sets the writings in religious and historical contexts, showing how they have influenced—and in many cases continue to influence—artistic, musical, literary, and political traditions. The Message and the Book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the meaning and the deep significance of primary religious texts of civilizations around the globe.

To Heaven Through Hell: A Book About Challenging and Changing Destructive Religious Beliefs

To Heaven Through Hell: A Book About Challenging and Changing Destructive Religious Beliefs

  • Author: Sue Wilson
  • Publisher: eBookIt.com
  • ISBN: 145662136X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 298
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Whether we're talking about eternal Heaven and Hell in Western religions or Reincarnation and Karma in religions of the East, Sue Wilson shares overwhelming evidence that what most religions teach about what happens when we die is totally wrong and fosters irrational fear and extreme codependency. She asserts that contrary to these unsubstantiated teachings, death is a positive experience for everyone! Wilson is not an outsider looking in on this subject. She's a former minister's wife and missionary to Africa, a world traveler, and a retired world history and geography teacher. In To Heaven Through Hell, she shares an incredible journey into the invisible realm beyond the physical world through a number of spontaneous paranormal or sixth sense experiences, along with her extensive research from theologians, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, scientists and a host of others in the helping professions... all of which refute religion's erroneous teachings concerning life after death. Among her many sixth sense experiences are a powerful near-death experience in which she cries out to the God she has learned to fear in fundamental Christianity and is assured that God's love is unconditional not only for herself, but for all of us; the appearance of her father's ghost who tells her that when he died he went to God immediately and was fully immersed in love and understanding as we'll all be when we die; and an amazing regression experience which helps her understand that the purpose of reincarnation is opportunity, not karma. Wilson encourages readers to formulate healthy beliefs about God and the universe. She shows how embracing positive beliefs about life after death, especially, removes the fear of dying and enables us to get on with the wonderful business of living. She helps readers tap their own sixth sense and gives a problem-solving model that incorporates all the senses...the five traditional ones, the controversial sixth, and a seventh sense we often overlook in our desperate search for answers...common sense! And though she acknowledges that religious institutions have done much good in the world, she challenges them to admit to the damage they have also done with destructive teachings about life and death, and to replace them with better ones. To acknowledge that all religions are resources, not roadmaps, including their own. And to turn their buildings into lively classrooms where their members can find solutions to the real problems they face as human beings, using good ideas from all disciplines in society and rejecting the rest.

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions

The Quest for Personal, Spiritual and Social Transformation

  • Author: Duncan S. Ferguson
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441187375
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 243
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Introduction to the spiritual pathways of the major world religions, exploring the core beliefs, values and practices of each tradition.

Confucianism as a World Religion

Confucianism as a World Religion

Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities

  • Author: Anna Xiao Dong Sun
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691155577
  • Category: History
  • Page: 244
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Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over a period of more than a decade, this book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion. The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Müller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of "world religions" and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. Anna Sun shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has become important to the present regime in a time of transition. Contested histories of Confucianism are vital signs of social and political change. Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion. Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality? With historical analysis, extensive research, and thoughtful reflection, Confucianism as a World Religion will engage all those interested in religion and global politics at the beginning of the Chinese century.

50 Great Myths About Religions

50 Great Myths About Religions

  • Author: John Morreall,Tamara Sonn
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118554299
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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50 Great Myths about Religions is an intriguing,informative, and often humorous introduction to some of the longstanding myths that surround religious belief. This engaging bookwill get its readers thinking about how and why certain myths havearisen, and their continuing influence on our personal andcollective view of religion. Offers a lively, informative, and thought-provoking introduction to some of the common misbeliefs surroundingreligions Discusses myths about religious belief in general, as well asspecific ideas that surround Judaism, Christianity, Islam, atheism,and agnosticism Covers a wide range of myths, from ancient legends such as theBible forbidding pork being eaten because it causes illness, tomodern urban fables, such as Barack Obama being a Muslim Unpacks each myth in turn, explaining why it arose, how itspread, and why the beliefs that stem from it are questionable Includes a fascinating discussion about human nature, and themain characteristics that predispose us to create and circulatemyths to begin with Underpinned by a wide knowledge of academic research, it iswritten by two respected religion scholars and experiencedauthors

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors

  • Author: Gale Group
  • Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 9780787667146
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 455
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A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.

5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2018, Elite Student Edition

5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2018, Elite Student Edition

  • Author: Peggy J. Martin,Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni,Wendy Petersen
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
  • ISBN: 1259862755
  • Category: Study Aids
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Get ready to ace your AP World History Exam with this easy-to-follow, multi-platform study guide 5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2018 Elite Student Edition introduces an effective 5-step study plan to help you build the skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence you need to achieve a high score on the exam. This popular test prep guide matches the latest course syllabus and latest exam. You'll get online help, four full-length practice tests (two in the book and three online), detailed answers to each question, study tips, and important information on how the exam is scored. Because this guide is accessible in print and digital formats, you can study online, via your mobile device, straight from the book, or any combination of the three. With the new “5 Minutes to a 5” section, you’ll also get an extra AP curriculum activity for each school day to help reinforce the most important AP concepts. With only 5 minutes a day, you can dramatically increase your score on exam day! 5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2018 Elite Student Edition features: • New: “5 Minutes to a 5”— Concise activities reinforcing the most important AP concepts and presented in a day-to-day study format • Access to the entire Cross Platform Prep Course in World History • 4 Practice Exams (2 in the book + 2 online) • Powerful analytics you can use to assess your test readiness • Flashcards, games, social media support, and more

5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2019 Elite Student Edition

5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2019 Elite Student Edition

  • Author: Daniel P. Murphy
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
  • ISBN: 1260128482
  • Category: Study Aids
  • Page: 608
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A PERFECT PLAN FOR THE PERFECT SCORE Score-Raising Features Include: •4 full-length practice exams, 2 in the book + 2 on Cross-Platform•Hundreds of exercises with thorough answer explanations•Comprehensive overview of the AP World History Exam format •Practice questions that reflect both multiple-choice and free-response question types, just like the ones you will see on test day•Proven strategies specific to each section of the test•Continuity/ Change-Over-Time charts BONUS Cross-Platform Prep Course for extra practice exams with personalized study plans, interactive tests, powerful analytics and progress charts, flashcards, games, and more! (see inside front and back covers for details) 5 MINUTES TO A 5 section: 180 Questions and Activities that give you an extra 5 minutes of review for every day of the school year, reinforcing the most vital course material and building the skills and confidence you need to succeed on the AP exam The 5-Step Plan: Step 1: Set up your study plan with three model schedulesStep 2: Determine your readiness with an AP-style Diagnostic ExamStep 3: Develop the strategies that will give you the edge on test dayStep 4: Review the terms and concepts you need to achieve your highest scoreStep 5: Build your confidence with full-length practice exams

The History of World Religions

The History of World Religions

Explore the Great Faiths That Shaped Our Civilization

  • Author: Simon Adams
  • Publisher: Armadillo Music
  • ISBN: 9781861477521
  • Category:
  • Page: 64
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Perhaps the strongest single force to shape mankind's history and culture, religion is as prevalent and diverse today as ever. This comprehensive family reference book explores the incredible range of faiths and beliefs that have sculpted our society through the ages.

Library Journal

Library Journal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Libraries
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.