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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (Jan. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205191312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205191314
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lawrence S. Cunningham is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or editor of over 25 books and is the Christianity editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions.
John Kelsay is the Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics at the Florida State University.  He also serves as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Kelsay's research and teaching focus is on moral and political aspects of religion.  He has particular interests in Christian and Muslim perspectives on war.  Professor Kelsay's most recent book in this area is Arguing the Just War in Islam (Harvard, 2007).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Book to Learn the Fundamentals of Religion April 1 2000
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The Sacred Quest is a great read for people interested in learning about the study of religion, as it explores the meaning of the "sacred" through different mediums, including the nature and definitions of the words "sacred" and "religion," the appearance and language of the sacred in our daily lives. The authors also explore the many different types of sacred communities and rituals, which gives the reader a "crash course" into many different world religions and cultures. Another interesting aspect which the author delves into are the questions of evil and morality, although I found these two sections to be a little confusing and awkward to understand. Overall, the author does a great job of explaining the terms and ideas presented, and I would recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating subject!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Getting to the heart of what Religion actually is Aug. 29 2014
By David H. Birley - Published on
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Here goes that old, old college student again. 80 years old and a sophomore, and, yeah, bragging about it a bit. This semester I decided on a unit about Religion. Unlike a sectarian school syllabus such as might be found at Notre Dame, BYU, or SMU, this course, offered in a state school is non-sectarian. I am a devout member of a Christian faith, but I have always had an intense interest in the faiths found in all the variety all over the world. This book is one of the assigned texts, and, rather than describing what Mormons or Muslims or Buddhists "do", it digs much deeper, starting with a chapter on the task of defining "sacred". Eye opening, eminently readable, and engaging.
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Required Reading-Intro to Religion Dec 13 2013
By Sewanhaka P. Cornish - Published on
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This was a college text needed for class. It is what it is - a college text book. It is easy to read and understand and that is a plus.
Meh. March 21 2014
By EricSinc - Published on
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Try to find it from a local library first, if at all possible. I needed it for class and none of the public libraries around my location had even heard of the author, it was a pretty expensive purchase for only using it for two weeks of class.
review Jan. 27 2014
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book came in on time and was in great condition. would highly recommend renting instead of buying as you cut the cost in half and this book isnt very long