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For courses in World Religions or Comparative Religions.
This introduction to the world's religions provides an orientation to the study of religion; surveys the stages of development, worldviews, and current situations of the major world religions; and discusses the ways these religions respond to contemporary ethical issues. It also presents a sampling of new religious movements and looks to the possible ways the world's religions may interact in the 21st century. Its distinctive framework for understanding religious worldviews allows students to compare and contrast the teachings of religions objectively.