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All major living faiths express their teachings in the form of writing. Van Voorst (Western Theological Seminary) surveys twelve of the most prominent, focusing on their texts and what they say about the nature of life, what came before and what comes after, the relationship with the divine, and how one should live with those in and out of the faith. He covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and newer movements such as Baha'i, Christian Science, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Unification Church. Van Voorst gives contexts to each selection of scripture through the faiths' history, teaching, organization, ethics, and ritual, provides material from supporting texts, and includes a glossary and a review of the scriptures in film. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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