World Religions: An Introduction to Five Major Traditions

Introduce your students to basic information about the world's largest religions - their origins, history, beliefs, and practices. Use this guide to Patheos' resources as you plan a learning unit around world religions.



shiva-Vasanthakumar.jpgHinduism: Hinduism understands itself to be timeless, having always existed. Indeed, its collection of sacred texts is known, as a whole, as Sanatana Dharma, "The Eternal Teaching."



buddha-Wonderlane.jpgBuddhism: Siddhartha Gautama, the "Enlightened One," was motivated in his spiritual search to discover the causes of and remedy for suffering. His teachings, summarized in the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, give a guide to living in the world.



Torah-rubberpaw.jpgJudaism: Judaism is a tradition grounded in the religious, ethical, and social laws as they are articulated in the Torah -- the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. For Jews, human nature is rooted in the divine image and therefore has infinite value. Consequently, the purpose of existence is to relate to the divine and human "other."

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  • Buddhism
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  • About Alonzo L. Gaskill
    Alonzo L. Gaskill is an author, editor, theologian, lecturer, and professor of World Religions. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. He has authored more than two-dozen books and numerous articles on various aspects of religion; with topics ranging from world religions and interfaith dialogue, to scriptural commentaries, texts on symbolism, sacred space, and ritual, and even devotional literature.