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Cambridge Studies of Religion 3rd Edition

 

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A complete and flexible print and digital resource package for the NSW Studies of Religion syllabus, designed to guide students to a greater understanding of the origins, beliefs, texts, ethics, practices and people of the world’s most wide-reaching religions.

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  • Complete textbook [PDF 42.2Mb]

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  • Preliminary pages [PDF 1.9Mb]

  • Chapter 1 - The nature of religion and beliefs [PDF 1.7Mb]

  • Chapter 2 - Religion in Australia pre-1945 [PDF 3.2Mb]

  • Chapter 3 - Religion in Australia post-1945 [PDF 2.2Mb]

  • Chapter 4 - Buddhism: The basic facts [PDF 4.4Mb]

  • Chapter 5 - Buddhism: Depth study [PDF 4.0Mb]

  • Chapter 6 - Christianity: The basic facts [PDF 2.8Mb]

  • Chapter 7 - Christianity: Depth study [PDF 3.9Mb]

  • Chapter 8 - Hinduism: The basic facts [PDF 2.7Mb]

  • Chapter 9 - Hinduism: Depth study [PDF 2.9Mb]

  • Chapter 10 - Islam: The basic facts [PDF 2.9Mb]

  • Chapter 11 - Islam: Depth study [PDF 3.5Mb]

  • Chapter 12 - Judaism: The basic facts [PDF 2.7Mb]

  • Chapter 13 - Judaism: Depth study [PDF 2.7Mb]

  • Chapter 14 - Religions of ancient origin [PDF 2.1Mb]

  • Chapter 15 - Religion and peace [PDF 2.2Mb]

  • Chapter 16 - Religion and non-religion [PDF 5.8Mb]

  • Glossary, Answers and Index [PDF 0.5Mb]

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  • Chapter 5.2A [PDF 1.3Mb]

  • Chapter 7.2A [PDF 1.2Mb]

  • Chapter 9.2A [PDF 6.7Mb]

  • Chapter 11.2A [PDF 1.2Mb]

  • Chapter 13.2A [PDF 1.5Mb]

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    Chapter 1

    ApologeticsIndex, Reincarnation and Scientology
    http://www.apologeticsindex.org/531-reincarnation-and-scientology

    Chapter 2

    Australian War Memorial, The Antis Creed
    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RC00317

    Chapter 3

    Christian Research Association
    https://www.cra.org.au/

    Chapter 4

    A depiction of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha
    http://www.paradeofthebuddhas.org/?page_id=5549
    Buddhist Council of New South Wales
    http://www.buddhistcouncil.org
    About Religion, Buddhism
    http://buddhism.about.com

    Chapter 5

    The life of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
    http://www.paradeofthebuddhas.org/?page_id=5388

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    St Hildegard of Bingen
    http://www.hildegard.org
    Abstinence Clearinghouse
    http://www.abstinence.net

    Chapter 8

    The Hindu Universe
    http://www.hindunet.org

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Islam World, How to become a Muslim
    http://islamworld.net
    Islam Guide, A brief illustrated guide to understanding Islam
    http://www.islam-guide.com
    IlamiCity, Welcome to the Holy Koran Center
    http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/quran
    IlamiCity, Welcome to the Sunnah Learning Center
    http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/sunnah
    International Islamic University Malaysia
    http://www.iium.edu.my/deed/hadith

    Chapter 12

    NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
    http://www.nswjbd.org
    Jewish Virtual Library, Religion Judaism
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaism.html
    Union for Progressive Judaism
    http://www.upj.org.au
    Aish.com, The 613 Commandments
    http://www.aish.com/jl/m/48945081.html
    Learning to Give website, Tikkun Olam article by Jennifer Noparstak
    http://www.learningtogive.org/papers/paper169.html

    Chapter 13

    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11124-moses-ben-maimon
    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11124-moses-ben-maimon
    Sacred Texts website, article The Guide for the Perplexed
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/gfp/index.htm
    Dayenu Sydneys Jewish GLBTI Group
    http://dayenu.org.au/

    Chapter 14

    Ancient History Encyclopedia, Izanami and Izanagi page
    http://www.ancient.eu/Izanami_and_Izanagi

    Chapter 15

    QuakerInfo.Com - Friends (Quakers) and Peace
    http://www.quakerinfo.com/quak_pce.shtml

    Chapter 16

    Video of Bob Marleys Exodus
    http://youtu.be/_pk0vE-MM_g
    Video of 'Aquarius' from Hair
    http://youtu.be/N9oq_IskRIg
    Stephen Hawking's Grand Design, full episode
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usdqCexPQww
    The Theosophical Society in Australia
    http://www.austheos.org.au
    CESNUR Centre for Studies on New Religions
    http://www.cesnur.org
    Rael.org, Message from the Designers
    http://www.rael.org/message

    Chapter 9.2a

    Online chapter 15.2

    Treasury of truth (Dhammapada text)
    http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/dhammapadatxt1.pdf

    Online chapter 5.2a

    Shambhala website - Rinchen Terdzo page
    http://www.rinchenterdzo.org/~rinchent/?page_id=918

    Online chapter 7.2a

    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
    http://www.billygraham.org

    Interactive Weblinks

    Why should Christians care for the environment?
    http://youtu.be/Vb_EsIss1W4
    Richard Dawkins talks about atheism
    http://youtu.be/IwcIq42WpjI

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    5 August 2016

    Page 359: Removed the sentence ‘Of the three monotheistic religions, Islam alone can be said to be a system of unqualified monotheism.’

    23 August 2016

    Page 359: Changed sentence to 'Some forms of monotheism may be considered a complex form of henotheism'

    Page 359: Changed sentence to 'Generally Judaism, Christianity and Islam are understood as monotheisms, but this may not be completely the case, as it could be argued by some they are more complex than that.'

    Page 359: Deleted 'persons' from 'separate persons but are also one God'

    Page 360: Changed sentence to 'The family unit can be seen as a religious institution'

    Page 361: Final paragragh changed to 'People of different religious beliefs have sought to transform society in Australia and throughout the world through activity in social justice, social welfare, education and political action. In Australia, religious leaders have been at the forefront in seeking to address the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Religions have also spearheaded campaigns to support public morality. This last case has not always been appreciated in the Australian community, where moral campaigners have sometimes earned the pejorative nickname 'wowsers'.'

    Authors

    Christopher Hartney, Jonathan Noble (Contributing Editor)