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Comparing Religions

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Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world.

A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religions Draws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practices Provides b
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 31st 2014 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 1st 2014)
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This book is an interesting book: it's about the comparative scholarly practice itself, rather than a tradition "world religions" textbook. I think worth considering as a text to pair with a more traditional "world religions" textbook in a "world religions" or "comparative religions" course.

There's a fair bit that feels a little more like "care-taker" than "critic" if you catch McCutcheon's drift - Kripal takes religious experience at face value & a couple of times describes his own experie
Pujan Paudel
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for my Comparative Religion class. This book is the best text Book I have read in my life . Brilliant . I loved the description of everything by the writer and the organization of facts and ideas , they are almsot fault -less . Wonderful book !!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A college text? Has a lot of vocabulary / articulation that is helpful in today's world of many religions.
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Shelves: myth-religion
I sat in a summer course offered by the author himself at Rice University in 2014, and we are required to basically read through the book one chapter per day. For an introductory class of comparative religion, this book is sadly adequate.

I say sadly, not in terms of the text, but the audience. How awkward is it that as a layman-slash-fan one reads a bunch* of comparative religious texts, and then realize that one had not just cleared the major points of this book but pretty much the
Chris Cook
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This was the textbook for a history and religion course, and it was a very interesting read. A lot of what the author covered might be considered new age, or Woo-woo, depending on the reader's tolerance level. Once you've read this information, you probably can't unread it, so be prepared to not be able to look at any religion the same way again.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should be read by everyone.
Marty Schmidt
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The incomparable scholar Kripal does it this time in a textbook no less!
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