Each religion has the texts, which both serve to define the religion and outline its major tenents. Below is a listing of some of the major sacred texts available either as physical books or ebook through the GCC Library, in order of religious population. Another great place to find some of these primary religious texts would be the website Sacred Texts.
9780814727232Majid Fakhry (Translator)An Interpretation of the Qur'an: English Translation of the MeaningsTo followers of Islam, the Qur'an is the literal word of God, revealed through Muhammad, the last of the line of prophets, containing all that is necessary to lead a life of righteousness. This new bilingual edition, approved by Al-Azhar University, the chief center of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, offers a comprehensive and accurate rendering of the Qur'an into modern English. The clear, rigorous translation, one of the only English translations available by a native Arabic speaker, is laid out here in dual column format directly opposing the Arabic text to allow the reader to make careful verse by verse comparisons. * approved by Al-Azhar University, Cairo * easy-to-read translation into modern English * index of surahs (chapters) * English and Arabic headers * verse numbers within text in English and Arabic * explanatory footnotes in English - Description from Syndetics
While there is not one book that defines the religiously non-affiliated such as atheists and agnostics, this book provides a collection of essays and writings of non-believers throughout time.
9780140449419Valerie Roebuck; Penguin Classics Library EditorsThe Dhammapada'Though you might conquer in battle A thousand times a thousand men, You're the greatest battle winner If you conquer just one-yourself' One of the best-known and best-loved works of Buddhist literature, the Dhammapada forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, and is traditionally regarded as the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him in his lifetime, and memorized and handed on by his followers after his death. A collection of simple verses gathered in themes such as 'awareness', 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is accessible, instructional and mind-clearing, with lessons in each verse to give ethical advice and to remind the listener of the transience of life. Valerie Roebuck's new translation is accompanied by an introduction examining the language of the Dhammapada , its status as literature and the school of Buddhist teaching from which it comes. This edition also includes extracts from related literature from other early Buddhist schools, notes, suggested further reading and a glossary. Translated and introduced by VALERIE J. ROEBUCK - Description from Syndetics
Online Research Resources
This online resource contains a wealth of articles focused upon religion and philosophy.
This excellent resource also contains a wealth of articles and ebooks on a variety of topics including religion.
This resource contains a wealth of encyclopedic information on religions throughout the world.
Online Video Collections
This is a collection of Films on Demand video collection focusing on religion and philosophy.
This is a collection of religious TedTalks.
Additional Books on Religion
Below are a number of religions books. These are not considered sacred texts but instead are books that speak of both different religions and interreligious dialogue.
9780814741276Darren E. SherkatChanging Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans' Shifting Religious IdentitiesMore than anywhere else in the Western world, religious attachments in America are quite flexible, with over 40 percent of U.S. citizens shifting their religious identification at least once in their lives. In Changing Faith, Darren E. Sherkat draws on empirical data from large-scale national studies to provide a comprehensive portrait of religious change and its consequences in the United States. With analysis spanning across generations and ethnic groups, the volume traces the evolution of the experience of Protestantism and Catholicism in the United States, the dramatic growth of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and the rise of non-identification, now the second most common religious affiliation in the country. Drawing on that wealth of data, it details the impact of religious commitments on broad arenas of American social life, including family and sexuality, economic well-being, political commitments, and social values. Exploring religious change among those of European heritage as well as of Eastern and Western European immigrants, African Americans, Asians, Latin Americans, and Native Americans, Changing Faith not only provides a comprehensive and ethnically inclusive demographic overview of the juncture between religion and ethnicity within both the private and public sphere, but also brings empirical analysis back to the sociology of religion. - Description from Syndetics
9780773538399W. Jay WoodGodThe first part of the book addresses the epistemological concerns, focusing on arguments for and against the claim that theism is rationally justifiable. These include discussion of cosmological arguments, the ontological argument, the argument from design, and the moral argument for God's existence. Metaphysical questions about God's nature, in particular God's knowledge and power, and the nature of religious experience constitute the second part of the book. Epistemological and metaphysical questions are shown to be related since, if the concept of a God perfect in wisdom, power, and goodness is incoherent, it cannot be reasonable to believe that God exists. Throughout his discussion Wood draws on the most recent writings in the field as well as classic arguments and offers readers a clear, balanced, and incisive analysis of the core philosophical arguments for the existence of God. The book equips readers with the necessary understanding of issues in natural theology that will enable them to tackle more specialized and complex questions in the philosophy of religion. - Description from Syndetics
9781599471358Keith WardThe Big Questions in Science and ReligionCan religious beliefs survive in the scientific age? Are they resoundingly outdated? Or, is there something in them of great importance, even if the way they are expressed will have to change given new scientific context? These questions are among those at the core of the science-religion dialogue. An Anglican priest who was once an atheist offers compelling insights into the often contentious relationship between diverse religious views and new scientific knowledge. He identifies ten basic questions about the nature of the universe and human life. Among these are: Does the universe have a goal or purpose? Do the laws of nature exclude miracles? Can science provide a wholly naturalistic explanation for moral and religious beliefs? Has science made belief in God obsolete? Are there any good science-based arguments for God? Ward considers concepts from Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity, while featuring the speculations of cosmologists, physicians, mathematicians, and philosophers. - Description from Syndetics