- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5th edition (October 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007340750X
- ISBN-13: 978-0073407500
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Understanding Religions" opens, then indigenous varieties, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism, Daoism & Confucianism, and Shintoism. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam follow. Alternative religions and "The Modern Search" wrap it up.
Michael Molloy's updated this all for its fifth edition. He takes his task seriously, but he adds insight and verve. That is, he integrates personal encounters into the beginning of his chapters as well as within them, keeping the pace snappier than a chronological structure (each religious tradition's evolution) and geographical one (first ancients everywhere, then Asian, then Middle Eastern, then Western, New Age, earth-based, alternative, and "new religious movements") might portend. His own Hawaiian orientation allows him to use this logical East-West portal as a place for contemplating the island's indigenous and syncretic faiths and outlooks, and his Californian upbringing enriches this with another fitting place from which to scan the varieties of belief and ritual and outlook.
I kept an eye out for how contemporary scholarship, often not matching the mindset of many believers in the pew or temple, entered his treatment of issues.Read more ›
These are just two of the instances of bias or sloppy scholarship I have found in Malloy's discussion of Judaism and Christianity, the two religions with which I am most familiar. It makes me wonder about the accuracy of his analysis of the other religions he considers. (There is a lengthy but very helpful review in this collection of reviews that discusses Malloy's inaccurate and misleading statements about Islam.)
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It's a bit wordy, but religion is a broad subject. Definitely a great text.Published 2 months ago by igiko
Good teaching text. Not the easiest to read but does the job.Published 2 months ago by Nanacat in Raleigh NC
This book is informative and easy to read. Has a list of words and their definitions at the end of each chapter. My favorite part: the mysterious JesusPublished 4 months ago by Evangeline M.