Faiths Across Time 5 000 Years Of Religious History 4 Volumes

Author: J. Gordon Melton
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610690265
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This monumental, four-volume reference overviews significant events and developments in religious history over the course of more than five millennia. • Provides interesting sidebars to entries on such topics as monotheism and the problem of evil, the construction of the Egyptian pyramids, Mesoamerican mythology, the legacy of Charlemagne, the lives of various religious thinkers and leaders, the Hundred Years' War, the indigenous religions of South Africa, the Second Great Awakening, Potala Palace in Tibet, and many others • Offers a sweeping chronological presentation of faith and religion over five millennia that enables readers to see the connections between historical events and the evolution of various belief systems • Includes an extensive selection of photos that helps readers visualize many of the topics discussed in the text

A History Of God

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307798585
Size: 69.58 MB
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In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.

Glimpse Of Scriptures Of Religions Of Indian Origin

Author: Ashok K. Sinha
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483663094
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Glimpses of the Scriptures of Religions of Indian Origin primarily includes excerpts from the Vedas and the Upanishads (Hinduism); the Dhammapad (Buddhism); the Agam (Jainism); and the Guru Granth Saheb (Sikhism) these (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism) being four religions that originated in India. A number of essays on the historical backgrounds, the leading fi gures and events, and their interrelations are also included for a deeper appreciation of the pertinent philosophies. The main purpose of writing this book is to illustrate the commonality of these religions due to their common root Hinduism -- that came into being in India some 10-15 millennia ago, and was modifi ed from time to time. These religions have coexisted peacefully and harmoniously for centuries and millennia, and have contributed much in the international religious scene. In particular, Buddhism has been adopted in a signifi cant portion of Asia (China, Japan, South-East Asia), and has been also attracting the intellectuals in the West in recent years.

5000 Years Of Popular Culture

Author: Fred E. H. Schroeder
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879721473
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This collection of insightful essays by outstanding artists, anthropologists, historians, classicists and humanists was developed to broaden the study of popular culture and to provide instances of original and innovative interdisciplinary approaches. Its first purpose is to broaden the study of popular culture which is too often regarded in the academic world as the entertainment and leisure time activities of the 20th century. Second, the collection gives recognition to the fact that a number of disciplines have been investigating popular phenomena on different fronts, and it is designed to bring examples of these disciplines together under the common rubric of "popular culture." Related to this is a third purpose of providing instances of original and innovative interdisciplinary approaches. Last, the collection should be a worthwhile contribution to the component disciplines as well as to the study of popular culture.

History Of Religious Ideas Volume 2

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022602735X
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In volume 2 of this monumental work, Mircea Eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas. The religions of ancient China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman religion, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic period, the Iranian syntheses, and the birth of Christianity—all are encompassed in this volume.

Religion And Magic In Ancient Egypt

Author: Rosalie David
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141941383
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The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

Letters To Auntie Fori

Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Schocken
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Tracing five millennia of history of the Jewish people, an epistolary narrative follows the story of the Jews from Abraham's adoption of monotheism, through the biblical and Greco-Roman eras and the centuries of Diaspora, to the twentieth-century founding of the state of Israel, and chronicles diverse aspects of the Jewish faith, its rituals, festivals, and more. 25,000 first printing.