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Zondervan World Religions Collection Upgrade (2 vols.)

by Anderson, Ross, Hexham, Irving

Zondervan 2011

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Overview

The Zondervan World Religions Collection Upgrade (2 vols.) offers a powerful examination of many major world religions, including Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and various African religions. Presenting each religion’s culture, philosophy, practices, history, and more, these books provide an extensive introduction to world religions. It is more important than ever to not only know one's own faith, but to understand the belief systems held by those occupying one's family, social circles, job, city, country, and world. This collection not only educates its readers as to the many beliefs outside of Christendom, it also lays out valuable information, and offers advice on how to witness to loved ones who differ in religion.

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Key Features

  • Presents an introduction to various world religions
  • Analyzes each religion's beliefs, culture, philosophy, practices, history, and stories
  • Provides practical advice for ministering to others of different religions

Individual Titles

Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor: A Quick Christian Guide for Relating to Latter-Day Saints

  • Author: Ross Anderson
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 144

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More than a belief system, Mormonism is a cultural identity that shapes the worldview, values, and lifestyles of those involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor, Ross Anderson seeks to help Christians relate to Latter-day Saints by giving insights into Mormon life and culture. Anderson’s work is supported both by his lifetime of experiences growing up Mormon and by current research that utilizes many Latter-day Saints’ own sources.

This volume explains the core stories that form the Mormon worldview, shares the experiences that shape the community identity of Mormonism, and shows how Mormons understand truth. Anderson shares how most Mormons see themselves and others around them, illuminating why people join the LDS Church and why many eventually leave. Latter-day Saints will find the descriptions of their values, practices, and experiences both credible and familiar. Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor suggests how Christians can befriend Latter-day Saints with confidence and sensitivity and share the grace of God wisely within their relationships. Anderson includes discussion questions for individuals and small groups, black and white photographs and charts, and an appendix that includes “Are Mormons Christians?” and “Should I Vote for a Mormon?”

Ross Anderson (DMin, Salt Lake Seminary) is the founding pastor of Wasatch Evangelical Free Church in Roy, Utah, where he served for twenty-eight years. He is currently a teaching pastor at Alpine Community Church, a multi-site congregation in northern Utah, and Director of Utah Advance Ministries. He was born in Utah and raised in California as an active member of the Mormon (Latter-day Saint) Church. His passions including planting culturally appropriate churches in Utah and incorporating former Mormons into the local church.

Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Author: Irving Hexham
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 512

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Globalization and high-speed communication put twenty-first century people in contact with adherents to a wide variety of world religions, but usually, valuable knowledge of these other traditions is limited at best. On the one hand, religious stereotypes abound, hampering a serious exploration of unfamiliar philosophies and practices. On the other hand, the popular idea that all religions lead to the same God or the same moral life fails to account for the distinctive origins and radically different teachings found across the world’s many religions.

Understanding World Religions presents religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. Hexham believes that a certain degree of objectivity and critique is inherent in the study of religion, and he guides readers in responsible ways of carrying this out. Of particular importance is Hexham’s decision to explore African religions, which have frequently been absent from major religion texts. He surveys these in addition to varieties of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

An ideal, clear, and lively introduction to world religions for North American students that also briefly deals with their modern developments, e.g. in the field Buddhism.

—Michael Hahn, Professor of Indology and Tibetology, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany

A book that goes beyond mere description to engage real, and often controversial, issues. All university teachers grappling with these issues will find it of great use. Unlike most texts of this nature, it has an extensive section on African traditions that ought to interest scholars teaching African politics. It is a highly commendable piece of work.

—Henry Srebrnik, Professor of Political Studies, University of Prince Edward Island

Hexham offers an introduction to the study or religion based on his years of teaching the subject, an impressive multi-cultural knowledge of various religious traditions, and in a style that is readable and engaging. Not another boring catalogue of religious beliefs and practices looked at from a pseudosophisticated afar, Hexham's book convey something of the diversity and controversies involved in the academic study of religions.

—Larry Hurtado, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Christian Origins, The University of Edinburgh

Many Western presentations of Islam merely pass on selected remarks from unreliable tertiary sources. Irving Hexham's chapters on Islam are unique in that they reach beyond library versions, Muslim polemic, and Western politically correct advocacy to the actual discourse of devoted Muslims around the world today. Hexham takes seriously the sourcebooks through which Muslims understand their faith and practice, and the perspectives of recent authors whose influence shapes modern Muslim views. He rightly relies on some of the strongest scholarly studies of Islam for his analysis and evaluation, which sheds light on a subject that remains confusing for many Westerners.

—Gordon Nickel, author of Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an

I enjoyed the chapters on Indian religions enormously. They are enlightening and fascinating for anyone who has brushed the surface of India and its religious traditions. The author has produced a work that is very readable and thought-provoking, but more importantly, one that brings the religions to life in a practical way.

—Bill Warden, Canadian Ambassador to Pakistan (1981–1983)

Irving Hexham is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University. He has published twenty-seven academic books, including The Concise Dictionary of Religion, Understanding Cults and New Religions, and Religion and Economic Thought, plus eighty major academic articles and chapters in books, numerous popular articles, and book reviews.

Product Details

  • Title: Zondervan World Religions Collection Upgrade
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 656