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Cambridge Studies of Religion Stage 6 Fourth Edition


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Revised, reviewed and updated, Cambridge Studies of Religion Stage 6 Fourth Edition provides new, contemporary and up-to-date content to engage Study of Religion students.

A complete, flexible and comprehensive print and digital resource package for the NSW Studies of Religion syllabus, this series has been 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.

  • Updates include 2016 census data, new significant people and schools of thought, extended profiles for some current significant people, new contemporary examples of religion in the modern world, and revised language and notes for religious depth studies. 
  • HSC verbs are now highlighted within questions to help students develop the skills they need to excel at HSC level and ensure they will be fully prepared for success in their final exam.
  • Activities in each chapter invite students to investigate aspects of religion in greater detail, consider a variety of opinions and alternative perspectives, and undertake further research into areas that are of particular interest. 
  • Video interviews with NSW-based representatives from each of the religious traditions are linked from QR codes included in the Print Textbook and embedded in the Interactive Textbook. 


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Complete PDF Textbook

  • Studies of Religion 4ed [PDF 68.8Mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary pages [PDF 2.8Mb]

  • Chapter 1 - The nature of religion and beliefs [PDF 2.9Mb]

  • Chapter 2 - Religion in Australia pre-1945 [PDF 4.8Mb]

  • Chapter 3 - Religion in Australia post-1945 [PDF 4.6Mb]

  • Chapter 4 - Buddhism: The basic facts [PDF 5.8Mb]

  • Chapter 5 - Buddhism: Depth study [PDF 5.1Mb]

  • Chapter 6 - Christianity: The basic facts [PDF 4.2Mb]

  • Chapter 7 - Christianity: Depth study [PDF 4.7Mb]

  • Chapter 8 - Hinduism: The basic facts [PDF 3.6Mb]

  • Chapter 9 - Hinduism: Depth study [PDF 3.9Mb]

  • Chapter 10 - Islam: The basic facts [PDF 5.3Mb]

  • Chapter 11 - Islam: Depth study [PDF 9.5Mb]

  • Chapter 12 - Judaism: The basic facts [PDF 3.9Mb]

  • Chapter 13 - Judaism: Depth study [PDF 4.4Mb]

  • Chapter 14 - Religions of ancient origin [PDF 4.3Mb]

  • Chapter 15 - Religion and peace [PDF 4.3Mb]

  • Chapter 16 - Religion and non-religion [PDF 4.7Mb]

  • Glossary, Answers, Index and Acknowledgements [PDF 1.8Mb]

Digital only chapters

  • Chapter 5A.2 - Further significant people and schools of thought [PDF 4.1Mb]

  • Chapter 7A.2 - Further significant people and schools of thought [PDF 3.1Mb]

  • Chapter 9A.2 - Further significant people and schools of thought [PDF 4.4Mb]

  • Chapter 11A.2 - Further significant people and schools of thought [PDF 2.7Mb]

  • Chapter 13A.2 - Further significant people and schools of thought [PDF 2.9Mb]

  • Index [PDF 0.9Mb]

Study Toolkit

  • Download Study Toolkit [PDF 0.9Mb]

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    Christopher Hartney, Jonathan Noble