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This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to Ancient Faith (Sussex Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices). 1898723788 (ISBN13: 9781898723783).

This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. It is presented as a living faith with a coherent theology and a persuasive ethic of good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.

Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to Ancient Faith (Sussex Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices) - Peter .

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Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to an Ancient Faith (Beliefs & Practices). In terms of discussing the beliefs and practices of the religion, the first third of the book is outstanding as Boyce explains the origins and tenets of the religion, and how these beliefs were practiced in the early bronze age through the 5th century BCE. The parallels of Zoroastrianism on Judiasm, Christianity and Islam are clearly deliniated here as well. The middle third of the book (on the Selucids and Sassanids) was of less interest - I found it especially dull.

Nature and significance. Zoroastrianism contains both monotheistic and dualistic features. Zoroastrianism, the ancient pre-Islamic religion of Iran that survives there in isolated areas and, more prosperously, in India, where the descendants of Zoroastrian Iranian (Persian) immigrants are known as Parsis, or Parsees. Modern Zoroastrian priest wearing mouth cover while tending a temple fire. It likely influenced the other major Western religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For a discussion of the context in which Zoroastrianism arose, see ancient Iranian religion. Nature and significance. The book presents Zoroastrianism as a deep and multi-faceted religious tradition that has been subject to a process of evolution and which, therefore, despite its apparent conservatism, is a dynamic and relevant to the twentieth century as it was when it was established some 1400 uears befpre Christianity. Zoroastrianism is shown here to be a living faith with a coherent theology and a persuasive ethic of good thought, good words and good deeds. Beliefs & Practices.

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Beliefs and Practices. Zoroastrianism has often been noted for its similarity to the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The three Abrahamic faiths believe that humans have free will to choose between good and evil, like Zoroastrianism

Beliefs and Practices. I praise aloud the thought well thought, the word well spoken, and the deed well done. Like these three, it teaches belief in one god, a supreme force of good who is opposed by the ultimate force of evil. The three Abrahamic faiths believe that humans have free will to choose between good and evil, like Zoroastrianism. But while the Judeo-Christian tradition teaches that Satan was created by God and was good before he fell, Angra Mainyu is a deity of evil unto himself.

Zoroastrianism : An Introduction to Ancient Faith. This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith.

Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to an Ancient Faith. Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 1998. London: Routledge, (1979) 2001. ISBN 1898723788), 7-9. ↑ S. A. Nigosian. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1993. ISBN 0773511334), 22.

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This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. The book presents Zoroastrianism as a deep and multi-faceted religious tradition that has been subject to a process of evolution and which, therefore, despite its apparent conservatism, is a dynamic and relevant to the twentieth century as it was when it was established some 1400 uears befpre Christianity. Zoroastrianism is shown here to be a living faith with a coherent theology and a persuasive ethic of good thought, good words and good deeds.

Comments: (6)

Kanek
While the title of this book is "An Introduction" it goes into great detail and for me, reading this book, was in fact a colorful journey into a world that, as a Christian, is startlingly familiar. My favorite chapter would have to be "The Two Existences and the Problem of Evil", where the Spiritual and Material worlds are discussed with such freshness that it is as though you are just discovering them for the first time. Clark's description of the Zoroastrian Creation Myth is also fascinating - and it is nothing like Genesis 1!
SupperDom
For anyone who has never heard of this religion or has a passing interest, this is an ideal book, portable and easy to read and not too technical. I could have done with a bit more on theology, liturgy and religious practices but that would have made for a bulky tome which might not suit the needs of a casual observer. Jim.
Alsalar
interesting book
Seevinev
as promised
Kezan
This book is, hands down, the best systematic presentation of the Zoroastrian world-picture that I've ever read. It brings together the Gathas, the priesthood, the Yasna Liturgy, cosmology, and culture to show Zoroastrianism as a living faith in all its glorious complexity. Dr. Clark does a wonderful job explaining terminology and open debates. He thoroughly documents all of his sources for those interested in digging deeper.
The only flaw I found with his work was that he was, in some ways, too enamoured with his subject. Sometimes he almost loses his scholarly objectivity, especially when comparing Zoroastrianism to other living religions, Christianity in particular. One example will suffice: Late in the book he notes that Christian missionaries used "unfair" tactics in their analysis by comparing the Vendidad quite unfavorably (read the book and you'll understand) with the Gospels and arguing from that that Zoroastrians should convert to Christianity. Dr. Clark remarks something to the effect that "of course a fairer comparison would be to compare the Vendidad not with the Gospels, but with Leviticus". Actually, his desire to present Zoroastrianism in the best possible light as a viable contemporary tradition has lead him to "lose it" here. It is imminently fair and reasonable to compare the Vendidad to the Christian Gospels and not to Leviticus because Christianity (except for some real fringe groups) doesn't claim Leviticus has any normative authority over Christians in the same sense that the Zoroastrians claim the Vendidad is authoritative over them. Comparing Vendidad to Gospel *is* comparing apples to apples.
Other than this and a couple other "Come on!" moments, the book was quite informative. It's refreshing to read a book by a scholar who is passionately devoted to his subject.
If you would like to learn more about the Ashavan community or about the Gathic faith, this is the book to read!
Bradeya
Everyone who needs to know about Zoroastrianism must read this well written book
Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to an Ancient Faith (Beliefs & Practices) download epub
Other Eastern Religions & Sacred Texts
Author: Peter Clark
ISBN: 1898723788
Category: Religion & Spirituality
Subcategory: Other Eastern Religions & Sacred Texts
Language: English
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press (December 19, 1998)
Pages: 232 pages