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The great religions : essential questions

Author: Bruce S Feiler; Marc-Alain Ouaknin
Publisher: New York : Assouline, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This is an invitation to better understand four of the most influential spiritual faiths: Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, and Tibetan Buddhism. Also explores the rise of interfaith relationships in our  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce S Feiler; Marc-Alain Ouaknin
ISBN: 2843236118 9782843236112
OCLC Number: 55488564
Description: 394 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: First Part --
12 Essential Questions --
Who is God? --
What is the Divine? --
What is Faith? What is a Prophet? --
Should the "holy" Texts Be Seen as an Act of Transcendental Will or as the Word of Superior Beings? --
Is Religion Necessary? --
Can One Be Religious Without Having Faith? --
Why Does God Allow Evil? --
Is Religion Dangerous? --
What is the Definition of Man? --
Is Man Bound to the Earth? --
What is the Beyond? --
What Happens After Death? Second Part --
Symbols --
Symbols of Judaism --
The Calendar ; The Tallith ; The Tzizith ; The Tefillin ; The Mezuzah ; The Synagogue ; The Sefer Torah ; The Sabbath ; The Shofar ; Rosh Hashanah ; Yom Kippur ; Sukkoth ; The Lulav ; Hanukkah ; Tu Bi-Shevat ; The Megillah ; Pesach ; Lag Ba-Omer ; The Kaddish ; Shavuot ; The Dietary Laws ; The Mikvah ; The Chuppah ; The Ketubbah ; The Bris Milah ; The Bar Mitzvah ; The Clothing Customs ; The Kippah ; The Temple ; The Magen David --
Symbols of Catholicism --
The Trinity ; Jesus Christ ; The Cross ; The Virgin Mary ; The Church ; The Angels ; The Saints ; Baptism ; Confirmation ; Mass ; Holy Orders ; Matrimony ; Penance ; Anointing of the Sick ; Song and Music ; Gestures and Postures ; Sacred Vestments ; Pontifical Insignia ; Scripture ; The Altar ; Bread and Wine ; The Tabernacle ; Candles ; Incense ; Water ; Holy Oils ; The Rosary ; The Liturgical Calendar --
Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism --
The Wheel of Time ; The Wheel of Life ; The Wheel of the Law ; Red Hats and Yellow Hats ; The Stupa ; The Prayer Wheel ; Sacred Mantra ; The Rosary ; The Altar ; Musical Instruments ; The Sacred Scarf ; Thunderbolt Scepter and Bell ; Ritual Bowl and Dagger ; The Auspicious Symbols ; Offerings ; The Scripture and the Texts ; Mudras ; The Great Prayer ; The Masters of Knowledge ; Master and Disciple ; The Protector of Tibet ; Tara Drolma ; The Great Protectors ; The Fire Ritual ; Monks and Laity ; The Meditator ; Pilgrimage ; The Passage of Death ; The Dalai-Lama ; The Lotus --
Symbols of Islam --
Allah ; Muhammad ; The Koran ; The Profession of Faith ; Prayer ; Almsgiving ; The Fast ; The Pilgrimage ; Mecca ; The Kaaba ; The Qibla ; The Mosque ; The Mihrab ; Friday ; Imam and Muezzin ; The Madrassa ; Holy Days and Rituals ; Postures and Behavior ; Prayer Beads ; Clothing ; Water ; Colors.
Responsibility: [Marc-Alain Ouaknin and others] ; introduction by Bruce Feiler.

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