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Zoroastrianism : an introduction to an ancient faith /
Peter Clark.
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Brighton ; Portland, OR : Sussex Academic Press, 1998.
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xv, 204 p.
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1898723788 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Brighton ; Portland, OR : Sussex Academic Press, 1998.
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1898723788 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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2922876
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06:
This book takes its place beside Mary Boyce's Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (1992, 1979) as an up-to-date, readable study. It covers the life and thinking of Zoroaster, the thought of later Zoroastrianism on the divine (Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu, and the spirits), eschatology, evil, fire, worship and rituals, and ethics, and concludes with an assessment of contemporary Zoroastrianism. The author's positions are carefully argued. For example, Clark (Cardiff Univ.) dates Zoroaster in the late second millennium B.C.E., c. 1200 or 1080, on the basis of the type of society reflected in the oldest Gathas (short hymns written by Zoroaster) and comparisons with the Vedas emerging in India. He properly questions traditions about the life of Zoroaster, preferring again to draw inferences about his life from the Gathas. He points out the vacillation in Zoroastrian thinking between monotheism and dualism and correctly argues that Zoroaster advocated a form of dualism weighted toward the eventual triumph of good. He says that in Zoroastrian eschatology the fullness of creation, to be realized in a world-changing renewal, would occur on the physical plane. Specialists may debate some of Clark's conclusions, but they will grant the plausibility of his arguments. Recommended for general readers, all academic levels, and professionals and practitioners. P. L. Redditt; Georgetown College
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"Everyone who needs to know about Zoroastrianism must read this well written book." Dr. Pallan R. Ichaporia, coauthor/cotranslator, Gathas
"Everyone who needs to know about Zoroastrianism must read this well written book." -- Dr Pallan R. Ichaporia, co-author/co-translator of the Gathas.
"Recommended for general readers, all academic levels, and professionals and practitioners." Choice
"The author brings new ideas and insight to issues which have long been the focus of academic debate." Expository Times
"The author brings new ideas and insight to issues which have long been the focus of academic debate." -- The Expository Times.
"Zoroastrianism addresses, in a unique and compelling way, ethical issues that are still alive in the modern world. Not only does it raise fundamental questions about what it is to be a human being, and the nature of good and evil, it also considers the relationship of humans to the natural world in a vibrantly positive light." -- Dr W.J. Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff.
" Zoroastrianism addresses, in a unique and compelling way, ethical issues that are still alive in the modern world. Not only does it raise fundamental questions about what it is to be a human being, and the nature of good and evil, it also considers the relationship of humans to the natural world in a vibrantly positive light." Dr. W. J. Johnson, University of Wales, Cardiff
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This introduction to Zoroastrianism presents it as a living faith, with a coherent theology and an ethic of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. The text also contains a glossary of Zoroastrian terms.
Main Description
This book sets out clearly and succinctly the major beliefs and practices which inform Zoroastrianism today.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. It is presented here as a living faith with a coherent theology and a persuasive ethic of good thoughts, good words and good deeds.
Main Description
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.
Unpaid Annotation
This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. The book sets out clearly and succinctly the major beliefs and practices which inform Zoroastrianism today. Zoroastrianism is presented as a living faith, with a coherent and remarkably persuasive theology of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Contents include: -- The emergence of Zoroastrianism and the dating problem.-- Zarathustra's highly original vision of God and humanity; humanity's relationship with God; the problem of dualism vs. monotheism.-- The mystery of the origin of the religion.-- The adversarial spirit (Angrya Mainyr), and Zoroastrian scriptures.-- How Zoroastrianism bridges the gap between the Indian religion of ancient times, and the later western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How its prophet anticipates developments in both these families of religions.-- The clash with 19th-century missionaries.-- Contemporary issues and controversies, such as conversion and intermarriage.
Table of Contents
Foreword
An Ancient Faith: Zarathushtra -- Prophet and Priest
The Gathas of the Prophet Zarathushtra
The Transmission of the Gathas
The Authorship and Integrity of the Gathas
Dating the Prophet -- the Gathic Evidence (and other suggestions)
The Problem of the Prophet's Homeland
Zarathushtra's Death
Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Divine Heptad
Zarathushtra on Ahura Mazda and the 'Divine Relationship'
Spenta Mainyu and the Individual Amesha Spentas: Their functions and liturgical representations
Divine Heptad and the Individual Zoroastrian
Ahura Mazda and the Amesha Spentas in the Later Literature
Some Other Important Ahuric References
The Eschatology of the Gathas
The Eschatology of the Later Literature
The Two Existences and the Problem of Evil
Menog and Getig
The Problem of Evil Creatures in the Vendidad
Eschatological Considerations: The Stages of History and the Human Journey
Zoroastrianism in Exile
Sacred Fires
Holy Places
A Living Faith -- Zoroastrian Worship, Rituals and Other Observances
The Yasna, an 'Inner' Ceremony
The Afrinagan, an 'Outer' Ceremony
Birth and Early Infancy
Initiation -- the Navjote Ceremony
Initiation and Vocation -- the Zoroastrian Priesthood
Marriage
Death and Funerary Rites
Purification : the Barashnum i-no shab
The Instrumental and Expressive Functions of Zoroastrian Ritual
Holy Days, Holy Months and a Disputed Calendar
A Worshipping Community and Three Zoroastrian Prayers
A Living Faith -- Zoroastrian Ethics
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
The Five Faculties and Truth
Justice
The Unbreakable Nature of the Contract as an Ethical Paradigm
Putting it into Practice: Charity, Benevolence and the Parsi Zoroastrians
Identity, Unity and Disparity: Zoroastrianism Today
Who is a Zoroastrian?
The Europeans and the Zoroastrians: Orthodoxy and Reform, Text and Praxis
The Status of Women in Contemporary Zoroastrianism
Other Issues in Contemporary Zoroastrianism and a Glance to the Future
Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity
The Roman Mithraic Mysteries
The historical relationship between Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian Religion
The possible thematic relationships between Vedic, Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian Religion
Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Amesha Spentas 164
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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