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ISBN-10 0205929397ISBN-13 9780205929399
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ISBN-10 0-205-91766-6ISBN-13 978-0-205-91766-2
Author(s): John R. Bowen
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 288
Description

 Examine a wide variety of religions in terms of key practices.

Religions in Practice offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices--such as prayer, sacrifice, initiation, and healing--by investigating broad-scale issues, such as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws.

No other text examines the full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to full-blown “world religious movements.” The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is of particular interest to students, and is easily expanded to include field projects directly related to material covered in the text.

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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Understand the roles religions play in public life in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa’s modern societies.

  • Discuss competing theories of religion and their applications.

  • Understand the key ideas and practices of large-scale ‘world religions’ as well as smaller-scale ones.

  • Discuss why we should approach religions in terms of their many and diverse practices.

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