• Understanding World Religions: Audio Lectures

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • By: Irving Hexham
  • Narrated by: Irving Hexham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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By: Irving Hexham
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The Zondervan Biblical and Theological Lectures series provides a unique audio learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Understanding World Religions: Audio Lectures includes high-quality live recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject as well as relevant material from other sources. 

Globalization and high-speed communication put 21st 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: Audio Lectures explores various religions under the broad categories of African Religions, the Yogic Traditions (including Buddhism), and the Abrahamic traditions. 

These lectures present religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. With the understanding that a certain degree of objectivity and critique is inherent in the study of religion, Hexham guides listeners in responsible ways of carrying this out. Of particular note is Hexham's inclusion of 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. 

Useful for formal students and independent learners alike, Understanding World Religions: Audio Lectures provides an accessible introduction for anyone wanting to better understand the world's many religions and the people who follow them.

©2016 Irving Hexham (P)2016 Zondervan

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good summary

Good summary & fair overview of all major religions & their history. would have liked more background on claims against christianity or how jews/muslims see Christ.

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Something is wrong!!

The book will not play for me, even though I purchased it, I can only get the sample......

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A good overview of religions from a Christian view

An informative summary of world religions from a Christian perspective.
It would be nice if audible could add names to the chapters in the app rather than just stating chap 1, chap 2... The chapters are:
1 - Introductory Issues in the Study of Religion (16 min)
2 - A Biased Canon (13 min)
3 - African Religious Traditions (16 min)
4 - Witchcraft and Sorcery (16 min)
5 - God in Zulu Religion (13 min)
6 - The Case of Isaiah Shembe (23 min)
7 - The Origins of Yogic Religions (19 min)
8 - The Richness of the Hindu Tradition (18 min)
9 - Rethinking the Hindu Tradition (20 min)
10 - Gandhi the Great Contrarian (16 min)
11 - Buddhism (21 min)
12 - The Development of Buddhist Belief and Practice (19 min)
13 - The Moral Quest of Edward Conze (17 min)
14 - Other Yogic-Type Traditions (18 min)
15 - Early Judaism (18 min)
16 - Rabbinic and Other Judaisms (21 min)
17 - Jewish Faith and Practice (17 min)
18 - Martin Buber's Zionist Spirituality (11 min)
19 - Christianity (12 min)
20 - Christian History (19 min)
21 - Christian Faith and Practice (17 min)
22 - Christian Politics According to Abraham Kuiper (19 min)
23 - The Challenge of Islam (20 min)
24 - Muslim Beliefs and Practices (23 min)
25 - Muslim Piety (18 min)
26 - Sayyib Qutb and the Rebirth of Contemporary Islam (11 min)
27 - Conclusion (16 min)

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