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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809140918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809140916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The answers are well thought out and well written so they are as clear as possible. -- Readers Preference Reviews and Midwest Book Review

About the Author

John Renard, who has a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Harvard University, is professor of theological studies at St. Louis University. He is the author of Responses to 101 Questions books on Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as editor of Ibn 'Abbad of Ronda: Letters on the Sufi Path (Paulist Press™, Classics of Western Spirituality™).

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John Renard received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 1978, specializing in medieval Arabic and Persian religious texts, art and architecture, and the history of Sufism. Since then, he has been teaching courses in Islam, history of religion, comparative theology, religious art, and medieval studies, at Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, MO, where he is Professor of Theological Studies.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 29, 2003
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In "101 Questions and Answers on Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto" author John Renard organizes the 101 questions into nine different sections. These nine sections are Beginnings and Early Sources, Development and Spread, Doctrines and Practices, Authority, Law, and Ethics, Spirituality and Popular Piety, Religion and Artistic Expression, Internal Diversity and External Relations, Women, Family, and Society, and Chinese and Japanese Traditions Here and Now. The author does an excellent job of bringing the reader a basic understanding of each tradition using a Frequently Asked Questions format. The answers are well thought out and well written so they are as clear as possible. If you are looking for a basic understanding of any or all of these traditions and how they are both similar and different you can't go wrong with this book. "101 Questions and Answers on Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto" is a recommended read.
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We come to a turning point, of sorts, in this series of books. The first fifteen volumes bear the title "Responses to 101 Questions on...", yet Paulist press has now changed that to "101 Questions and Answers on..." I do not approve of this decision because it goes against the spirit with which the series began. When the late Raymond Brown orginated the series with "Responses to 101 Questions on the Bible," he stated in the introduction that he specifically chose the term "responses" instead of "answers" because another, equally credentialed, author might respond to the same question differently and Father Brown didn't want to imply that his responses where in any way infallible.

Now that that's out of the way, we can turn to this volume. Dr. John Renard, a professor of comparative religion, has authored three previous volumes of this series. Books on Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In "101 Qusetions and Answers on Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto" Dr. Renard gives three more religions the same treatment. He categorizes the questions the same as in the other books and gives clear and concise answers/responses.

Nevertheless, the author has chosen to address these three religions simultaneously rather than seperately (not surprisingly, this is the longest book in the series). This, as you can imagine, causes difficulty. The author and, consequently, the reader are required to shift gears within a question as it must be answered first from a Confucian prespective, then Daoist, and finally Shinto. That Dr. Renard is able to do this is a testament to his vast knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately, some readers may have difficulty keeping up and also answers pertaining to one specific religion will more abridged than if he had devoted seperate volumes to each religion.

However, this book is a valuable and well-written resource for anyone seeking background information on Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto.
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