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The religious experience

Author: Ninian Smart
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [1996]. ©1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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Describes the religious experience of humankind, both in history and in the present. The books surveys the religions of the East, from Indian to Japan, and of the West, from the Middle East to North America. It also delineates the religious cultures of the South, in Africa, the Pacific and South America. It brings the story up-to-date, including the spiritual aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Readers  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smart, Ninian, 1927-2001.
Religious experience.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©1996
(OCoLC)647573983
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ninian Smart
ISBN: 002412141X 9780024121417 9790024121416
OCLC Number: 32510480
Description: x, 453 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Religion and human experience --
Part I: Small-scale religions --
Chapter 2: Prehistoric and small-scale religions --
Part II: Religions of Africa --
Chapter 3: The African experience --
Part III: Religions of India: --
Chapter 4: The early Indian experience, Jainism, and Buddhism --
Chapter 5: The Indian experience: Classical Hinduism --
Part IV: Religions of the Far East --
Chapter 6: Chinese and Japanese religious experience --
Part V. Religions of the Near East --
Chapter 7: Religion in the ancient Mediterranean world --
Chapter 8: The Jewish experience --
Chapter 9: The early Christian experience --
Chapter 10: The Muslim experience --
Chapter 11: The later Christian experience --
Part VI: Religions of the Americas --
Chapter 12: The American experience --
Part VII: Contemporary religious experience --
Chapter 13: The Humanist experience --
Chapter 14: The contemporary experience and the future.
Responsibility: Ninian Smart.

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Describes the religious experience of humankind, both in history and in the present. The books surveys the religions of the East, from Indian to Japan, and of the West, from the Middle East to North America. It also delineates the religious cultures of the South, in Africa, the Pacific and South America. It brings the story up-to-date, including the spiritual aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Readers and encouraged to adopt an attitude of informed empathy in order to get the feel of the various faiths and cultures. Though there is some emphasis on religious experience, there is also a call to look at other dimensions of religion, such as their teachings, rituals and other practices.

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