Living Religions presents a highly readable and stimulating survey of the modern religious world though an emphasis on the personal consciousness of believers and their own accounts of their religion and relevance in contemporary life.
"Religion is not a museum piece. Religion is a vibrant force in the lives of many people around the world, and many religions are presently experiencing a renaissance." - Mary Pat Fisher, Preface to Living Religions
Along with a team of specialist consultants in each faith, and drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, Mary Pat Fisher provides a fresh and challenging insight into the historical development and teachings of traditional faiths, indigenous religions, and new religious movements. She considers how the contemporary beliefs and practices of each of these traditions have evolved, and explores the changing nature of each religion; particularly the role of women, and the issues and controversies such as fundamentalism, violence, globalization, and interfaith initiatives.
A textbook surveying religions that are being practiced today around the world. Revised from the 1991 and 1994 editions to describe the situation in formerly communist countries, the current role of religion in business and politics, and trends such as the hardening of fundamentalist thought and the softening of boundaries between sects. A pronunciation guide has also been added to the glossary. Well illustrated. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.