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The Power of Religion : A Comparative Introduction - Amanda Porterfield

The Power of Religion

A Comparative Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780195093292
Number Of Pages: 240

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The Power of Religion is an engaging introduction to six religious traditions--Native American religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism--which recognizes the diversity of religious belief and offers both comparative and historical analysis. Genuinely accessible to undergraduates and general readers, it shows how various forms of these traditions are lived out in practice, experience, and community, presenting religions as conceivable ways of living and demonstrating how religious beliefs are integrally related to other aspects of life. Many chapters open with a description of a particular religious event or act that one might encounter today in the United States, where virtually all of the world's religions are now being practiced. The author discusses several of the historical developments each religion has undergone and considers how each of the religions has changed in response to the climate of religious exchange and religious pluralism that exists in the United States today. The Power of Religion helps readers to understand the vitality and plausibility of religious belief, to draw comparisons between religions, and to reflect on the nature of religion and its role in society. It is ideal for courses in introduction to religion, world religions, and comparative religion, and will also appeal to general readers interested in religion.

"An excellent introductory reader for understanding the diversity of religious beliefs and practices and the way(s) religion is an integral aspect of all cultures and traditions. Excellent for all college levels."--Rosemary Rader, Carleton College "I'm excited to find a text that focuses on the ways religion 'plays out' in real human lives, that is rooted in lived experience and historical realities, and that connects new concepts and materials to previous concepts and materials in the text. My students will appreciate the readability of the text."--Wayne A. Gilbert, Community College of Aurora "I have been searching for an introductory book that presents the truths of religion in a clear and meaningful way. The Power of Religion is the answer to my prayers."--Rev. James, Nadeau, University of New England "The use of descriptions of religious rituals as the doorway to the study of religions is excellent."--Michael Latzer, Gannon University "A very much needed and useful resource for any introductory course on the world's religions. Whereas most textbooks present various religions in their official forms, Porterfield's text offers informative and intimate portraits of religions in their popular forms."--Fotini Katsanus, University of North Carolina-Charlotte "Well written, easy to understand. It follows through on the claims in the introduction. I appreciate the comparison of groups along the way, and the final section on community is helpful in pulling the pieces together."--Stephen Pettis, Buffalo State College "I like the concrete approach."--O.A. Robinson, Central Methodist College

Introduction Part I: Religious Practice 1: Navajo Sandpainting 2: The Roman Catholic Eucharist 3: A Jewish Passover Seder 4: Islamic Salat 5: Puja to the Hindu Goddess Devi 6: Buddhist Zazen Part Two: Experience 7: Lakota Self-Sacrifice 8: Presbyterian Grace 9: Jewish Mysticism 10: Islamic Jihad 11: Experiencing God in the Hindu Bhagavadgita 12: Meeting a Tibetan Budda Part III: Community The Power of Religious Communities

ISBN: 9780195093292
ISBN-10: 0195093291
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.2  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.34