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Living Religion (Student Book with 4 Access Codes)

By | Copyright Year:2017 | ISBN-13: 9780170373364

Living Religion, fifth edition, explores the expression and practice of the world’s various belief systems that have arisen as people have sought answers to the ultimate questions of human existence. Religion, however one defines it, is complex. It can be a cohesive force in society and, at the same time, a source of division. But the investigation of these different aspects is exciting.

This new edition is the complete solution for New South Wales Studies of Religion. It retains all the features that has made it a leading title for SOR I and II but has been updated to include recent statistical information and images, recent developments in the major traditions and a fully revised chapter on Religion and Peace. It also features a suite of teacher and student resources to support extension learning, preparation for HSC exams and teacher planning.

Living Religion maintains the authors’ commitment to exploring the lived expressions of religion in Australia and the need to recognise the place and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders beliefs and spiritualities. As a result, this book incorporates current statistical information, images and photographs, weblinks and recent developments in the major traditions as they respond to the changing nature of society in Australia and beyond.

*Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your education consultant for access codes and conditions.


Preliminary Course

1 Nature of religion and beliefs
1.1 The nature of religion
1.2 Australian Aboriginal beliefs and spiritualities – Dreaming

2 Buddhism
2.1 Origins
2.2 Principal teachings
2.3 Sacred texts and writings
2.4 Core ethical teachings
2.5 Personal devotion in the home

3 Christianity
3.1 Origins
3.2 Principal beliefs
3.3 Sacred texts and writings
3.4 Core ethical teachings
3.5 Personal devotion

4 Hinduism
4.1 Origins
4.2 Principal teachings
4.3 Sacred texts and writings
4.4 Ethical systems
4.5 Personal devotion in the home

5 Islam
5.1 Origins
5.2 Principal beliefs
5.3 Sacred texts and writings
5.4 Core ethical teachings
5.5 Expressions of faith

6 Judaism
6.1 Origins
6.2 Principal beliefs
6.3 Sacred texts and writings
6.4 Core ethical teachings
6.5 Observance

Preliminary Course SOR II

7 Religions of ancient origin
7.1 Daoism
7.2 Shinto

8 Religion in Australia pre-1945
8.1 Religious traditions in Australia pre-1945

HSC Course

9 Religion and belief systems in Australia post-1945
9.1 Contemporary Aboriginal spiritualities
9.2 Religious expression in Australia – 1945 to the present

10 Buddhism depth study
10.1 Significant people and ideas
10.1.1 Mahayana Buddhism
10.1.2 Ashoka (c. 304 – c. 232 BCE)
10.1.3 Sister Dhammadinna (1881 – 1967)
10.2 Ethics
10.2.1 Bioethics
10.2.2 Environmental ethics
10.3 Significant pratices
10.3.1 Vesak
10.3.2 Pilgrimage

11 Christianity depth study
11.1 Significant people and ideas
11.1.1 Paul of Tarsus (c. 10 BCE – c. 65 CE)
11.1.2 Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
11.1.3 Feminist theology
11.2 Ethics
11.2.1 Sexual ethics
11.2.2 Bioethics
11.2.3 Environmental ethics
11.3 Significant practices
11.3.1 Saturday or Sunday worship
11.3.2 Baptism

12 Hinduism depth study
12.1 Significant people and ideas
12.1.1 Bhakti movement
12.1.2 Shankara (c. 700 – c. 750 CE)
12.1.3 Mira Bai (c. 1500 – c. 1550)
12.2 Ethics
12.2.1 Bioethics
12.2.2 Environmental ethics
12.3 Significant practices
12.3.1 Temple worship – puja
12.3.2 Pilgrimage – tirthayatra

13 Islam depth study
13.1 Significant people and ideas
13.1.1 ‘A’isha bint Abi Bakr (c. 614 – c. 678 CE)
13.1.2 Sayyid Qutb (1906 – 1966)
13.1.3 Sufism – tasawwuf
13.2 Ethics – ‘Ilm al-Akhlaq
13.2.1 Sexual ethics
13.2.2 Bioethics
13.2.3 Environmental ethics
13.3 Significant practices
13.3.1 Funeral ceremony – Salat al-janaza
13.3.2 Pilgrimage – Hajj

14 Judaism depth study
14.1 Significant people and ideas
14.1.1 Rashi – Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (1040 – 1105)
14.1.2 Moses Maimonides (1135 – 1204)
14.1.3 The Chasidim
14.2 Ethics
14.2.1 Sexual ethics
14.2.2 Bioethics
14.2.3 Environmental ethics
14.3 Significant practices
14.3.1 Synagogue services
14.3.2 Marriage


15 Religion and peace
15.1 Christianity
15.2 Islam
15.3 Judaism
15.4 No simple answers

16 Religion and non-religion
16.1 The religious dimension in history
16.2 New religious expressions
16.3 Non-religious world views
16.4 The difference in world views


Janet Morrissey has been involved with Studies of Religion since the syllabus was in draft form and in addition to Living Religion has been a writer of a range of other religious education texts.

Adam Taylor has been involved in the co-authorship of each of the previous editions of Living Religion, as well as teaching the course for nearly two decades. He is also a former senior HSC marker in Studies of Religion.

Greg Bailey is an honorary research associate of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. His areas of research interest include Sanskrit, Hinduism and the socio-economic history of the rise of Buddhism.

Peter Mudge lectures in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle and on Religious Education and Spirituality at the Broken Bay Institute. He has written numerous scholarly works and textbooks on religious education.

Paul Rule taught religious studies at La Trobe University, at which he remains an honorary associate, and has published widely in Chinese religious history, Aboriginal religions, Catholicism and the theory of religion.


Whole book glossary

Extensive suite of support materials for teachers, including sample exams, teaching programs and PDF chapters for adopting schools

Extension tasks, chapter quizzes, exam advice and NelsonNetBook access for all students

Religious traditions summary

HSC exam-style questions

Review, Respond, Extension and Summarise activities incorporating directive terms to support students in developing key skills