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Title:
Cultural literacy for religion : everything the well-educated person should know
ISBN:
9781490654638
Publication Information:
[Chantilly, Va.] : Teaching Company ; Prince Frederick, MD : [Distributed by] Recorded Books, c2012.
Physical Description:
4 videodiscs (ca. 12 hr.) : sd. col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 PDF disc
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Title from container.

The length of each lecture is: ca. 30 min. The entire program consists of 24 lectures.

In container (17 cm.).

Accompanying PDF contains course workbook in CD-ROM format.
Contents:
Religion: its meaning and importance -- Facets of religion: divinity and devotion -- Hinduism: foundational texts and teachings -- Hindu gods and devotional practice -- Gita to Gandhi: yogas and modern Hinduism -- Walking up: the Buddha and his teachings -- Vehicles to Nirvana: the schools of Buddhism -- Chinese religion and cosmology -- Confucianism: rituals and relationships -- Daoism: harmony, nature and the way -- Kami and spirits: Shinto and Shamanism -- East Asian Buddhism: Zen and pure land -- Judaism: God, Torah, and covenant -- Varieties of Jewish thought and practices -- Living a Jewish life -- The life and commemoration of Jesus -- Catholic and Orthodox Christianity -- Protestantism and Christianity today -- Muhammad, Quran and Islamic civilization -- Unity in Islam: the five pillars -- Forms of Islan: diversity among Muslims -- Jain, Sikhs, and Baha'is -- Religion and law in American -- Religion today: trends, challenges, and hope.
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Religious belief has been innate to humans everywhere and in every age, from the time of the Neanderthals to the 21st century. It's also one of the strongest motivators of human behavior and has a profound impact on all aspects of our culture--our spiritual beliefs, our rituals, our politics, and the very foundations of our democracy. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including their own faith, according to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum. This is troublesome, because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. A basic understanding of religion is crucial for today's educated citizen.
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