However, the translations chosen are not so impressive, but there may be issues beyond the author's control here, so I cannot fault him too much. Now to my critique of the Kindle edition: I was hoping that I could replace my well-worn paper copies with the Kindle edition. If you haven't, go on youtube and search This is a handy reference for some of the most important scriptures in the major world religions of our time. Even so, it was still an interesting read and a good resource for a high leve This book gives an interesting glimpse into the various religions of the world. Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. However, while this book did help me find answers to some things, it also clouded my mind a bit when there wasn't a direct answer.
The book also includes a list of resources for further study. Would be nice to have more history on each religious tradition. Novak has created a world Bible for our time from Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, Taoist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic and primal religion sources. It's also one of those books to keep around, keep on hand for always. Confucius was unlike most leaders of religious sects. The author uses effective and easy language for translation. The point he is demonstrating is how similar they all are! The book is somewhat short when you factor in several religions into just 400 pages or so.
Would be nice to have a few addtl pages for some of the most prominent religions. These books are considered holy in many religions. The E-mail message field is required. That it is cheap is an added bonus for students. Chapter OneHinduismSome four, thousand years ago pastoral nomads whose ancestors had sprung from the soil of northeastern Europe entered the Indus Valley of ancient India. Even so, it was still an interesting read and a good resource for a high level look at the major religions.
Bright, purifier, meet for praise, Immortal with refulgent glow, Agni drives Rakshasas demons away. It can be dated back 3,200 years to the exodus from Egypt. The most popular god of the Rig-Veda is the expansive and dynamic Indra. The first books of the Bible. Buddha, of course, is credited with the inception of the religion. Hadith: Sayings and Traditional Accounts of the Prophet. I would caution the reader to not rely on this source alone as it does not explain the tenants of the religion and the text could be a bit misleading if you do not already understand the foundation and beliefs of each religion.
Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality? Buddhism first emerged in ancient India 2,600 years ago. In One God, Shared Hope she presents twenty principles shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and provides passages from each religion's holy scriptures to illustrate their commonalties. While it is not a comprehensive look at the religion, it highlights the sacred texts of various religious beliefs. With this book, you have to take the good with the bad, and the best part seems to be the affordability. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion.
The early Vedas, the focus of the first section, contain little evidence of sustained thought about human destiny beyond this, life. Who is known as the Soma-drinker, l 'holding the bolt in his. By thee do mortal men give sweetness to their drink. Like his mentor Huston Smith, gifted teacher and author Philip Novak sees religious traditions as the distilled wisdom of humankind. Most of those should be eliminated and replaced with more from the canonical core of the tradition.
The second greatest sage associated with Taoism is Chuang Tzu who lived several hundred years after Lao Tzu. About the Author: Philip Novak is the Santo Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, where he has taught for over twenty years, and the author of The World's Wisdom, a widely used anthology of the sacred texts of the world's religions and the companion reader to Huston Smith's The World's Religions. First to content: this is the best anthology of the world's religious texts. He wrote the Taoism Bible and the Tao Te Ching which has become an inspiration for people of all walks of life and of all religious affiliations. In this perfect companion to Huston Smith's bestselling The World's Wisdom, Philip Novak distills the most powerful and elegant expressions of the wisdom of humankind.
This can be a personal preference and I think the author has done well. Huston Smith is a hero! He gave up a life of privilege, power and opulence in order to best serve his god and attain salvation. From Rig-Veda I Invoker, greatest bestower of wealth. It has been the most influential religion of the many and diverse peoples of Asia. For example, the Dao Dejing was translated by Stephen Mitchell, who did an alright job, but his is hardly considered to be the authoritative translation. Islam originated from both Judaism and Christianity.
Judaism is considered to be the oldest of the world's modern religions, dating back to the exodus from Egypt some 3,200 years ago. The ritual centerpiece of Aryan religion was afire sacrifice, a burnt offering to the gods, performed by priests specially trained to chant sacred hymns. It is a book that can be revisited over and over again, especially for those interested in comparative religions. This section contains 1,518 words approx. But sometimes its not easy to find the hidden meaning behind the scriptures.
Although he did not think of himself as inspirational as stated before, he was a humble man who took no credit for his knowledge. Purchased this book for my religion class. After its inception, it became the most dominant religion in the Roman Empire. Torah is defined as law or teaching and refers mainly to the first five books of the Jewish Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The rituals associated with these hymns were used for the well-being and success of Hindu adherents. The Hindu religion originated in Europe and was exported to India.