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Title: Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions: The Quest for Personal, Spiritual and Social Transformation
Author: Ferguson, Duncan S
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2010
Paperback; ISBN: 9781441146458
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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Spiritual Pathways of the World Religions is an insightful guide to the diverse ways that religious faith is practiced and spirituality is understood. Discussing contemporary issues such as post-modernism and the emergence of a 'new paradigm,' the new realities of geopolitics, globalization and global warming, this book explores the importance of religion in people's lives to provide direction in the society today. This book demonstrates the common quest among the world religions for a deeper and more profound spirituality. Describing the spiritual pathways of the various world religions, it assesses the ways that the beliefs, values and practices of these traditions can be life-giving, leading to personal and social responsibility and transformation, but also sometimes harmful and divisive, even used for dangerous purposes.
Promoting constructive engagements between the world's religions, this book will connect social justice and ethical engagements with core religious practices and spiritualities. This is an ideal introductory text for students of world religions, spirituality and interfaith relations, broadening their understanding of these lived faiths.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I The Context and Approach to the Study of Religion and Spirituality 1. The Spiritual Quest Part II Spiritual Pathways Rooted in Nature and Culture 2. The Indigenous Wisdom Traditions 3. Classical Expressions of Culture-Based Religions 4. Current Expressions of Nature/Culture Religions Part III Spiritual Pathways of Transcendent Monism 5. Spiritual Pathways within Hinduism 6. Spiritual Pathways within Buddhism 7. Spiritual Pathways of within Confucianism and Taoism Part IV The Spiritual Pathways of the Abrahamic Monotheistic Religions 8. Spiritual Pathways within Judaism 9. Spiritual Pathways within Christianity 10. Spiritual Pathways within Islam Part V The Common Elements of Life-Giving Spiritualities 11. Finding a Spiritual Pathway Bibliography Index