Religions of the World
Third Edition   ©1993

Religions of the World

Niels C. Nielsen (Rice University) , Norvin Hein (Yale University) , Frank E. Reynolds (University of Chicago) , Alan L. Miller (Miami University) , Samuel E. Karff (Rice University) , Alice C. Cowan (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church) , Paul McLean (Shepherd College) , Grace G. Burford (Shepherd College) , John Y. Fenton (Emory University) , Laura Grillo (University of Chicago) , Elizabeth Leeper (Wartburg Theological Seminary) , Robert K. C. Forman (Hunter College, CUNY)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-05023-2; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-05023-8; Format: Cloth Text, 536 pages

  Introduction: Religion and Religions of the World
    Understanding Religion in the Context of Pluralism
    Developing a Cross-Cultural Model of Religion:
    Religious Needs and Satisfactions
    The Structure of Religion
    How to Read This Book
    
PART I. PRIMAL RELIGIONS AND RELIGIONS OF ANTIQUITY
    
  1. The Diversity and Vitality of Primal Religions
    An Approach to Primal Religions
    Australian Aboriginal Religions
    North American Religious Traditions
    African Religions
    
  2. Religions of Antiquity
    Egyptian Religion
    Mesopotamia: Power Conflicts and Order
    Zoroastrianism: The Battle between Good and Evil
    The Greek Heritage
    Roman Society and Religion
    Northern European Mythologies
    
PART II. RELIGIONS OF INDIA
    
  3. The Earliest Forms of Hinduism
    The Indus Civilization
    The Religion of the Vedas
    
  4. Classical Hinduism: The Way of Action
    
  5. Classical Hinduism: The Way of Knowledge
    
  6. Classical Hinduism: The Way of Devotion
    
  7. Modern Hinduism
    
  8. Jainism and Sikhism
    
PART III. BUDDHISM
    
  9. The Rise of Buddhism
    The Life of the Buddha
    The Teachings of the Buddha: The Dharma
    The Early Buddhist Community: The Sangha
    Early Buddhism and the "New Society"
    
  10. The Development of Buddhism in India
    Buddhist Expansion and the Development of Sanskrit Culture
    The Apogee and Decline of Indian Buddhism
    
  11. Buddhism as a World Religion
    Buddhism in "Greater India"
    Buddhism in Central Asia, China, and Japan
    Buddhism in Tibet
    Buddhism in the Modern Era
    
PART IV. RELIGIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN
    
  12. Roots of Religion in China
    The Unity of Chinese Religions
    China's Early Religious History
    The Age of the Hundred Philosophers
    
  13. Three Visions of Harmony: Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
    
  14. Neo-Confucianism: From the Classical Era to Modern Times
    China in a Period of Revolutionary Change
    
  15. Japan's Religions: From Prehistory to Modern Times
    The Shinto Substratum of Japanese Religiosity
    Religion and Society in Early Japan
    The Medieval Period
    The Modern Period
    
PART V. JUDAISM
    
  16. God, Torah, and Israel: The Beginnings
    Hebrew Beginnings (c. 2000-1000 B.C.E.)
    Monarchy, Exile, and the Restoration of Judah (c. 1000-200 B.C.E.)
    The Foundations of Judaism
    
  17. From the Hellenistic Age to the Dawn of Modernity: Diaspora
    The Hellenistic Age
    Developments in Judea
    The New Babylonian Diaspora
    Rabbinic Judaism: The Religion of Torah
    Judaism's Encounter with Islam
    Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism
    European Communities of the Diaspora
    The Varieties of Medieval Judaism
    
  18. Modern Times: Persecution, Divisions, New Worlds
    
PART VI. CHRISTIANITY
    
  19. The Formation of the Church
    Christian Origins
    The Early Church
    The Imperial Church
    
  20. The Vision of Christendom
    Early Middle Ages
    Late Middle Ages
    
  21. The Splintering of the Vision
    Reformation Movements
    The Age of Absolutism
    
  22. Christianity in the Modern World
    
PART VII. ISLAM
    
  23. The Beginning: The World of Muhammad
    Arabia on the Eve of Islam
    Muhammad's Life and Message
    The Muslim Community
    The Quran and the Five Pillars of Islam
    
  24. Islam's Classical Period: Religious Law, Theology, and Mysticism
    The Early Expansion: Arabia to Spain
    Religious Law (Fiqh)
    A System of Theology (Kal_m)
    The Mystical Path
    
  25. Shiism, Regional Developments, and the Modern Period
    The Shiite Alternatives
    The Mughul and Ottoman Empires
    Islam and the Modern World
    
  Glossary
    
  Bibliography