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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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  • 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]

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    Chapter 1

    ApologeticsIndex, Reincarnation and Scientology

    Chapter 2

    Australian War Memorial, The Antis Creed

    Chapter 3

    Christian Research Association

    Chapter 4

    A depiction of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha
    Buddhist Council of New South Wales
    About Religion, Buddhism

    Chapter 5

    The life of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
    Dalai Lama's website

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    St Hildegard of Bingen
    Abstinence Clearinghouse

    Chapter 8

    The Hindu Universe

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Islam World, How to become a Muslim
    Islam Guide, A brief illustrated guide to understanding Islam
    IlamiCity, Welcome to the Holy Koran Center
    IlamiCity, Welcome to the Sunnah Learning Center
    International Islamic University Malaysia

    Chapter 12

    NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
    Jewish Virtual Library, Religion Judaism
    Union for Progressive Judaism, The 613 Commandments
    Learning to Give website, Tikkun Olam article by Jennifer Noparstak

    Chapter 13
    Sacred Texts website, article The Guide for the Perplexed
    Dayenu Sydneys Jewish GLBTI Group

    Chapter 14

    Ancient History Encyclopedia, Izanami and Izanagi page

    Chapter 15

    QuakerInfo.Com - Friends (Quakers) and Peace

    Chapter 16

    Video of Bob Marleys Exodus
    Video of 'Aquarius' from Hair
    Stephen Hawking's Grand Design, full episode
    The Theosophical Society in Australia
    CESNUR Centre for Studies on New Religions, Message from the Designers

    Chapter 9.2a

    Online chapter 15.2

    Treasury of truth (Dhammapada text)

    Online chapter 5.2a

    Shambhala website - Rinchen Terdzo page

    Online chapter 7.2a

    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

    Interactive Weblinks

    Why should Christians care for the environment?
    Richard Dawkins talks about atheism

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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'.'


    Christopher Hartney, Jonathan Noble