4th Edition

Robert E. Van Voorst

ISBN-13: 9781337405058
Copyright 2020 | Published
400 pages | List Price: USD $100.00

Learn about World Religions YOUR Way with RELG: WORLD, 4th Edition! Undertake a fascinating journey as you explore the belief systems that have shaped societies throughout history. Pair your easy-reference, visually-engaging text with MindTap for access to highlighting and notetaking features, chapter quizzes, and ready-made study tools. MindTap for RELG: WORLD, 4th Edition allows easy exploration of world religions anywhere, anytime – including on your mobile device through the MindTap Mobile App! Make and review flashcards, review related content, and track your scores within the Progress App – all in one place and at an affordable price! your learning from memorization to mastery with MindTap.


1. Beginning Your Study of World Religions.
2. Encountering Indigenous Religions: Ways to Tribal Life.
3. Encountering Hinduism: Many Paths to Liberation.
4. Encountering Jainism: The Austere Way to Liberation.
5. Encountering Buddhism: The Middle Path to Liberation.
6. Encountering Sikhism: The Way of God’s Name.
7. Encountering Daoism and Confucianism: Two Views of the Eternal Way.
8. Encountering Shinto: The Way of the Kami.
9. Encountering Zoroastrianism: The Way of the One Wise Lord.
10. Encountering Judaism: The Way of God’s People.
11. Encountering Christianity: The Way of Jesus Christ.
12. Encountering Islam: The Straight Path of the One God.
13. Encountering New Religious Movements: Modern Ways to Alternative Meanings.

  • Robert E. Van Voorst

    Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst is Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1995. He has served as a visiting professor in Oxford University and Zhejiang University in China. Van Voorst has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 3rd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 9th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus in ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

  • *NEW* More than 40 new photographs help explain key concepts of the text. Most of these new photographs capture people in the practice of their religions. 

  • *NEW* NEW MindTap is an outcome-driven application that propels students from memorization to mastery. It’s the only platform that gives you complete ownership of your course. With it, you can challenge every student, build their confidence and empower them to be unstoppable.

  • *NEW* Most chapters have been reduced in size by about two pages, resulting in a more concise, direct treatment overall. 

  • *NEW* In addition to the new globalization section at the end of each chapter, the Timelines for each faith have been brought into closer sync with the content of the chapters and kept in the printed text. Students have said that they overwhelmingly prefer timelines to summarize the events and key elements of each chapter.

  • *NEW* The chapter of Buddhism features a new "Closer Look" box about the robes of monks and nuns, and gives more treatment to the situation of Rohingya in Myanmar.

  • *NEW* The chapter on Christianity now pays increased attention to the changes in the Roman Catholic Church brought by Pope Francis I.

  • *NEW* Chapter 12 now includes a treatment of Baha’i.

  • *NEW* The section on the Nation of Islam has been moved from the Islam chapter to Chapter 13, on New Religious Movements.

  • *NEW* The testing material for professors’ use has been expanded, and all of it reviewed for accuracy by the author, Robert Van Voorst.

  • *NEW* The YouTube channel for this book and the guide for it with introduction and questions for discussion has been updated and expanded with the latest video enrichment resources.

  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, an interactive digital solution that offers study tools and the full text narrative--all delivered and influenced by a deep understanding of student’s workflow and learning styles. 

  • Available as print with online, print only or online only, students have their choice of format all at the same affordable price. 

  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format that increases the number of students who read the chapter without minimizing coverage for your course. 

  • Tear-Out Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students with a portable study tool containing all the pertinent information for class and test preparation.

  • Chapter Learning Outcomes are listed at the beginning of each chapter and used to organize the end-of-book Chapter Review cards. 

  • In-text study and learning aids include key terms boldfaced and defined in the text margins; pullout quotes reinforcing the magazine style; striking photos with fully explanatory captions; "A Closer Look" boxes on symbols, dress, customs and origins of terms specific to each religion; and vignettes of encounters with adherents of each religion.

  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter. They offer a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.

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