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World Religions: the Spirit Searching

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Jody Ondich, Lake Superior College

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Jody Ondich

Language: English

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Reviewed by Max Thornton, Visiting Assistant Professor, Drake University on 12/15/22

As others have noted, the omission of Shinto is notable in a text that otherwise covers all the traditions you would expect to find in a World Religions intro class. However, the material included would certainly be enough for a semester. The... read more

Reviewed by Suzanne Bessenger, Associate Professor, Randolph College on 9/17/22

The book is sufficiently broad, covering the not only those traditions usually included in the "world religions" paradigm, but also what it calls "tribal traditions", non-Christian European traditions, and what it calls "Syncretic Traditions". ... read more

Reviewed by Mike Robinson, Assistant Professor, College of Western Idaho on 8/2/22

World Religions: The Spirit Searching provides a comprehensive analysis of the major religions throughout the world. The book covers the traditional belief systems (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity,... read more

Reviewed by Laura Madison, adjunct, Tidewater Community College on 6/24/22

The book covers many, but not all of the main religions and provides introductions for the religions in an matter that is easily understood. read more

Reviewed by jay sakashita, professor, Leeward Community College on 3/10/22

World Religions: The Spirit Searching covers the usual religious traditions of an introductory textbook, though there is one noticeable omission: Shinto. It seems odd not include a section on this religion. Shinto is an important religion in its... read more

Reviewed by Ruth Chadd, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/8/22

This text provides both a comprehensive survey as well as in-depth resources with modern references for today's world religions learners. I was very impressed by the breadth of traditions that were included that even some of the current religious... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. About Religion
  • II. Asian Origins
  • III. Indian Sub-Continent Origins
  • IV. Middle Eastern Origins
  • V. Tribal Traditions: Africa, Australia and the Americas
  • VI. European Origins: Paganism, Nordic, Wicca
  • VII. Syncretic traditions

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  • About the Book

    Humans across the globe and throughout millennia have searched for answers to questions like, "why are we here?" or "what am I supposed to do with my life?" And the answers people have found, or created, or chosen, have varied as widely as the cultures and people themselves.  Some people focus on rules.  Some focus on afterlives.  Some look to become whole.  Some seek adventure and learning. So this text, while full of various ways that people have searched and discovered and created, is only touching a few of the bigger traditions in our world.  Hopefully each chapter will introduce the reader to some ideas from that specific tradition that enlighten them as to how a specific group of people think, believe, and live. This text is set up to be an ebook.  The various videos, links and resources will only really work if the user keeps to the digital format.  Read this book on a device--it will be a much more rewarding experience!

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    Jody Ondich, Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minnesota

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