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World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts Paperback – September 22, 1998
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ANDREW WILSON holds a PH.D. in Divinity from Harvard University and is currently Academic Dean of the Unification Theological Seminary.Born in Cambridge, UK, Ninian Smart was classically trained at Oxford University in languages, history, and philosophy. He made his lasting international mark, notably at (among the many other universities at which he taught) the University of Lancaster, in the UK, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, in the US. Beginning in 1967 at Lancaster, and 1976 at UCSB, he played a pivotal role at both institutions in helping to establish thriving programs in the academic study of religion―a role that had much to do with not only his many writings on the proper method for conducting the public study of religion, as well as his well-known cross-cultural research on many of the world’s religions, but also the long list of graduate students he trained throughout the years.
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Part One: Ultimate Reality...(Topic: The Purpose of Life in the Family and Society, Subtopic: Unity and Community)
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Christianity, Galatians 3.28
"The pebbles are the strength of the wall." African Traditional Religions. Buji Proverb (Nigeria)
Part Five: Providence...(Topic: Eschatology and Messianic Hope, Subtopic:The Messiah)
"Whenever the Law declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish the Law." Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 4.7-8
"Listen attentively with one heart. A man whose spirit shines brightly, a man whose mind is completely unified, a man whose virtue excels everyone--such a man will truly appear in this world. When he preaches precious laws, all the people will totally be satisfied as if the thirsty drink sweet drops of rain from heaven. And each and everyone will attain the path of liberation from struggles." Buddhism. Sutra of the Great Accomplishment of the Maitreya
The actual many, mostly passage quotings are much longer of course. But each quote is really, really deep, and is really, really meaningful as what scriptures usually are. The quotes are from various religions such as African Traditional Religions, Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana), Christian Science, Christianity, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Confucianism, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Native American Religions, Shinto, Theosophy, Unification Church and many more.
The reason I haven't given it a full five stars is because of all those headings, topics and subtopics. Why are there so many separations and diversifications? I know that people nowadays are still squabbling around a lot and mostly, mainly on religions and beliefs. But there might be a way to coalesce all the scriptures into one whole lump without banging the head in between as is done in this gigantic work for both editing (A. Wilson) and reading (myself and others). For example, the biggest heading might alone be 'mysticism' and then describe it in term of degrees and kinds.
But the drift of this book is from the Judeo-Christian tradition.