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A Concise Introduction to World Religions.



A Concise Introduction to World Religions. Willard G. Oxtoby Willard G. Oxtoby (1933-2003) studied and taught comparative religion, and was the founding director of the graduate Centre for Religious Studies at the University of Toronto. Early life
Oxtoby was born on July 29, 1933, in Kentfield, California into a family of scholars.
 and Alan F. Segal The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Biographies. If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand or rewrite the article to establish its notability. , editors. Oxford University Press. [pounds sterling]36.99 p.b. ix + 584 pages. ISBN ISBN
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 978-0-19-542207-8. This title, which is published only in paperback, originated with OUP Canada. It argues that without due attention to religion, one cannot understand the modern world. The panel of eight scholars, all from either Canada or the US, examine eight 'traditions' and two 'religions'. The traditions are: indigenous, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist. The two 'religions' are: Chinese (Confucianism and Daoism), and Korean and Japanese. There is, finally, an essay by the editors on 'the nature of religion'. The entries present a wide range of information in a clear manner and in an easily digested format. The approach is on the whole balanced although one notes that when talking about 'women and gender' in Christianity, Mr Oxtoby wrote that the 'Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches ... do not yet [reviewer's italics] ordain women'. One could just as accurately say that those churches have not yet adopted human sacrifice. (J.M.)
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