Cambridge Studies of Religion 3rd Edition
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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PDF Textbook updated August 10th, 2017
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Full PDF Textbook
Complete textbook [PDF 42.2Mb]
PDF Textbook chapters
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]
Additional online chapters
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]
Chapter 15.2A [PDF 0.7Mb]
Chapter 15.6 [PDF 0.8Mb]
Toolkit [PDF 1.4Mb]
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Online chapter 15.2
Online chapter 5.2a
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The complete Teacher Resource Package contains:
- Additional activities and solutions
- Exams and exam solutions
- End of chapter solutions
- Exercise and activity solutions
- Teaching programs
End of chapter solutions [Word doc 157.6kb]
Exercise and extension activity solutions [Word doc 179.5kb]
Powerpoint presentation - Chapter 1: The nature of religion and beliefs [PowerPoint Presentation 2.6mb]
Teaching program - Nature of religion [Word doc 97.5kb]
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'.'