World Religions – Primary Sources

Anthology Compiled and Edited by George Cronk
2003; Revised, 2011; updated, 2014

These are PDF documents. To view them, you must have an up-to-date Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer system. If you do not have the Reader on your system, you can download it for free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. With the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can read these selections on screen, or (recommended) you can print out hard copies on your printer.

Contents

Introduction
1. George Cronk, “Notes on the Nature of Religion” (1-10)

Hinduism
2. Hymns from the Rig Veda (11-22)
3. Upanishads (23-36)
4. The Laws of Manu (37-62)
5. The Bhagavad-Gita (63-78)
6. Shankara, Commentary on the Vedanta Sutras (79-100)
7. Ramanuja, Commentary on the Vedanta Sutras (101-112)
8. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, An Idealist View of Life (113-134)

Buddhism
9. Early Buddhist Texts (135-156)
10. Nagarjuna, The Fundamentals of the Middle Way (157-168)
11. Vasubandhu, Twenty Verses on Consciousness-Only (169-174)
12. D.T. Suzuki, Manual of Zen Buddhism (175-200)

Confucianism
13. Confucius, Analects (201-214)
14. Mencius, The Book of Mencius (215-232)

Taoism
15. Lao Tzu, Dao De Jing (233-242)
16. Chuang Tzu, The Book of Chuang Tzu (243-264)

Judaism
17. Selections from the Hebrew Bible (265-292)
18. Tract Aboth, from the Talmud (293-304)
19. Solomon Schechter, “The Dogmas of Judaism” (305-318)

Christianity
20. The Gospel According to Saint Mark (319-338)
21. The Gospel According to Saint John (339-358)
22. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion (359-360)
23. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (361-364)
24. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (365-384)

Islam
25. Selections from the Koran (Qur’an) (385-400)
26. A Manual of Hadith (401-434)
27. Al-Ghazali, Confessions, or Deliverance from Error (435-448)

28. A World Religions Test
29. Answer Key – Take the test first, then check your answers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

92 − 86 =