World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts
Edited by Andrew Wilson

Table of Contents


Advisors and Contributors v
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Introduction 1 (28)
Invocation 29 (4)
Prologue 33 (1)
The Truth in Many Paths
34 (5)
Tolerance and Respect for All Believers
39 (6)
Part One: Ultimate Reality and the Purpose of Human Existence
Ultimate Reality
45 (52)
Traces of God's Existence
47 (4)
The One
51 (4)
Formless, Emptiness, Mystery
55 (5)
Transcendent, All-pervasive Reality
60 (8)
Sovereign and Omnipotent
68 (2)
Omniscient
70 (2)
Immanent and Near at Hand
72 (4)
Eternal---in a World of Transience
76 (4)
The Creator
80 (7)
Goodness and Love
87 (6)
Divine Father and Mother
93 (4)
Divine Law, Truth, and Cosmic Principle
97 (32)
Eternal Truth
99 (5)
Moral Law
104 (6)
The Decalogue
110 (4)
The Golden Rule
114 (2)
Polarity, Relationality, and Interdependence
116 (6)
Cosmic Justice
122 (7)
The Purpose of Life for the Individual
129 (36)
Joy and Happiness
131 (5)
For God's Good Pleasure
136 (3)
Image of God and Temple of God
139 (5)
Inborn Goodness and Conscience
144 (2)
Original Mind, No Mind
146 (6)
Perfection
152 (7)
True Love
159 (6)
The Purpose of Life in the Family and Society
165 (38)
The Family
166 (3)
Parents and Children
169 (5)
Husband and Wife
174 (9)
Friendship
183 (3)
Unity and Community
186 (4)
Equality
190 (5)
The People of God
195 (2)
The Ideal Society
197 (6)
The Purpose of Life in the Natural World
203 (22)
The Sanctity of Nature
204 (4)
Reverence for Life
208 (4)
The Microcosm
212 (2)
Dominion
214 (4)
The Lord of Spirits
218 (3)
Creation Rejoices
221 (4)
Life Beyond Death and the Spiritual World
225 (44)
The Spiritual World: Mystery, Multiplicity, Analogy, Harmony
226 (4)
The Immortal Soul
230 (6)
Prepare Now for Eternity
236 (4)
Passage Beyond
240 (6)
Heaven
246 (7)
Hell
253 (3)
Spiritual Benefactors
256 (7)
Spiritual Error and the Occult
263 (6)
Part Two: Evil, Sin, and the Human Fall
The Human Condition
269 (30)
Ill
270 (5)
The War Within
275 (5)
Ignorance
280 (6)
Idolatry
286 (3)
Pride and Egoism
289 (4)
Selfish Desire, Lust, and Greed
293 (6)
Fall and Deviation
299 (30)
The Human Fall
300 (9)
Demonic Powers
309 (7)
Heresy
316 (5)
Degraded Human Nature
321 (3)
God's Grief
324 (5)
The Major Sins
329 (30)
Good and Evil
330 (5)
Adultery
335 (4)
Murder
339 (5)
Theft
344 (2)
Lying and Deceit
346 (2)
Hypocrisy
348 (3)
Slander, Gossip, and Foul Speech
351 (3)
Addiction
354 (5)
Part Three: Salvation and the Savior
Salvation-Liberation-Enlightenment
359 (60)
Grace
360 (6)
Universal Salvation
366 (3)
Atonement and Forgiveness of Sins
369 (4)
Healing
373 (4)
Liberation
377 (3)
Enlightenment
380 (4)
Crossing the Waters
384 (3)
Reversal and Restoration
387 (5)
Peace
392 (4)
Help and Deliverance
396 (7)
The Refining Fire
403 (3)
Born Anew
406 (4)
Eternal Life
410 (4)
The Unitive State
414 (5)
The Founder
419 (62)
Call and Awakening
421 (6)
Rejected by the World
427 (9)
The Victor
436 (8)
He who Subjugates Satan
444 (6)
The Revealer of Truth
450 (5)
The Man for Others
455 (6)
The Living Presence
461 (4)
The Person and Character of the Founder: Divine Person
465 (3)
Human Person
468 (5)
The Succession of Founders and Messengers
473 (8)
Part Four: The Religious Life
Responsibility and Predestination
481 (28)
Decision
483 (4)
Individual Responsibility
487 (4)
Synergy
491 (3)
Predestination
494 (4)
Karma and Inherited Sin
498 (6)
Duty
504 (5)
Self-cultivation and Spiritual Growth
509 (26)
Spiritual Growth
509 (2)
Cultivate the Good
511 (3)
Sincerity
514 (5)
Purity
519 (3)
Self-control
522 (2)
Preparing the Start
524 (2)
Vigilance
526 (3)
Perseverance and Patience
529 (6)
Faith
535 (28)
Faith
535 (9)
Devotion and Praise
544 (5)
Fear, Submission, and Obedience
549 (4)
Anxiety
553 (3)
Gratitude
556 (3)
Argument with God
559 (4)
Wisdom
563 (28)
The Search for Knowledge
564 (2)
Scripture and Tradition
566 (3)
Poverty of Conceptual Learning
569 (5)
Scripture Teaches in Parables
574 (5)
Learning and Practice
579 (2)
Teacher and Disciple
581 (7)
New Wine and Old Wineskins
588 (3)
Worship
591 (28)
Prayer
592 (4)
The Name of God
596 (3)
Meditation
599 (9)
Ritual
608 (5)
Beyond Ritual
613 (6)
Offering and Sacrifice
619 (18)
Offering
619 (3)
Donations
622 (3)
Self-sacrifice
625 (2)
Persecution and Martyrdom
627 (10)
Self-denial and Renunciation
637 (46)
Self-denial and No-self
638 (3)
Repentance, Confession, and Restitution
641 (6)
Humility
647 (4)
Restraint and Moderation
651 (4)
Control Anger
655 (2)
Subdue Desires and Passions
657 (5)
Detachment from the Senses
662 (2)
Renunciation of Wealth
664 (4)
Asceticism and Monasticism
668 (6)
Separation from Family
674 (4)
Separation from the World
678 (5)
Live for Others
683 (46)
Loving-kindness
684 (4)
Serving Others
688 (3)
Sacrificial Love
691 (3)
Giving and Receiving
694 (3)
Charity and Hospitality
697 (4)
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
701 (2)
Judge Not
703 (2)
Love Your Enemy
705 (3)
Turn the Other Cheek
708 (3)
Good Deeds
711 (2)
Labor and Industry
713 (4)
Honesty and Expediency
717 (5)
Witness
722 (7)
Part Five: Providence, Society, and the Kingdom of Heaven
Good Government and the Welfare of Society
729 (44)
The Pillars of Society
730 (2)
The Prophet and Reformer
732 (8)
War Against Evil
740 (7)
Respect for Legitimate Government
747 (2)
Government by Divine Law
749 (3)
Consideration for the People
752 (4)
Leadership by Example and Honest Government
756 (3)
Judgments and Punishments
759 (4)
Providence and the Mandate of Heaven
763 (10)
Eschatology and Messianic Hope
773 (24)
Tribulation
775 (5)
The Last Judgment
780 (3)
The Messiah
783 (6)
The Kingdom of Heaven
789 (8)
Source Index 797 (47)
Pronunciation Guide 844 (1)
Subject Index 845 (32)
Acknowledgments 877