The Human Quest for God: An Overview of World Religions
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A starry night or a sunflower, the birth of a child or the death of a loved one, a religious ceremony or a song; if you let any one of these touch you, it may lead you to ask larger questions, may hint that there is a universal, loving presence in life. During these moments, hidden behind everyday reality, you enter into the realm of religion. The Human Quest for God: An Overview of World Religions takes you on a journey both around the world and into the depths of human consciousness. Here you learn about other peoples, religions, cultures, and traditions; and in doing so, you learn about yourself as well. In flowing prose, Dr. Joseph Stoutzenberger presents a summary of the history, the major themes, the underlying philosophy, and the components of the principal religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He also considers some of the other religions, old and new, for example, tribal religions in Africa and Shamanism. Stoutzenberger¹s treatment of these religions and their founders shows his respect for each of their belief systems, and reveals the beauty and mystery found in various religious experiences throughout the world. Along with his insights and commentary, Stoutzenberger offers a variety of activities, vocabulary words, and review questions that make his overview an excellent, practical text for introductory college and senior high school courses. The Human Quest for God is a fascinating journey for anyone who wants to learn more about the search we humans all share: the search for an almighty, loving, and universal presence in our lives.