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RELG: World + MindTap, 1 term Printed Access card, 4th Edition

  • includes MindTap, 1 term Printed Access Card
  • Robert E. Van Voorst
  • ISBN-10: 1337405043
  • ISBN-13: 9781337405041
  • 400 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2015, 2013
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Encounter religions from around the world with RELG: World, 4th Edition. Undertake a fascinating journey as you accompany your students’ exploration of the belief systems that have shaped societies throughout history. Now available with MindTap, this edition offers a digital learning solution that propels students from memorization to mastery. Boost student engagement with rich multimedia assets, including maps, figures, timelines, and author-created video tours of holy sites. Encourage active reading with highlighting and notetaking tools and empower students to master course content with chapter review cards and visual concept flashcards. With straightforward course management, assessment, and analytics for instructors, MindTap for RELG: WORLD, 4th Edition integrates seamlessly into your World Religions course.


  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, an interactive digital solution that offers study tools and the full text narrative--all delivered and influenced by a deep understanding of student’s workflow and learning styles. 

  • Available as print with online, print only or online only, students have their choice of format all at the same affordable price. 

  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format that increases the number of students who read the chapter without minimizing coverage for your course. 

  • Tear-Out Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students with a portable study tool containing all the pertinent information for class and test preparation.

  • Chapter Learning Outcomes are listed at the beginning of each chapter and used to organize the end-of-book Chapter Review cards. 

  • In-text study and learning aids include key terms boldfaced and defined in the text margins; pullout quotes reinforcing the magazine style; striking photos with fully explanatory captions; "A Closer Look" boxes on symbols, dress, customs and origins of terms specific to each religion; and vignettes of encounters with adherents of each religion.

  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter. They offer a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.


"I like the online quizzes. They are very helpful. So are the chapter review cards. I use them before each exam."
— Elizabeth Marcotte, Student, University of Massachusetts

About the Author

Robert E. Van Voorst

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst is Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1995. He has served as a visiting professor in Oxford University and Zhejiang University in China. Van Voorst has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 3rd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 9th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus in ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

Table of Contents

1. Beginning Your Study of World Religions.
2. Encountering Indigenous Religions: Ways to Tribal Life.
3. Encountering Hinduism: Many Paths to Liberation.
4. Encountering Jainism: The Austere Way to Liberation.
5. Encountering Buddhism: The Middle Path to Liberation.
6. Encountering Sikhism: The Way of God’s Name.
7. Encountering Daoism and Confucianism: Two Views of the Eternal Way.
8. Encountering Shinto: The Way of the Kami.
9. Encountering Zoroastrianism: The Way of the One Wise Lord.
10. Encountering Judaism: The Way of God’s People.
11. Encountering Christianity: The Way of Jesus Christ.
12. Encountering Islam: The Straight Path of the One God.
13. Encountering New Religious Movements: Modern Ways to Alternative Meanings.

New to this edition

  • *NEW* More than 40 new photographs help explain key concepts of the text. Most of these new photographs capture people in the practice of their religions. 
  • *NEW* NEW MindTap is an outcome-driven application that propels students from memorization to mastery. It’s the only platform that gives you complete ownership of your course. With it, you can challenge every student, build their confidence and empower them to be unstoppable.
  • *NEW* Most chapters have been reduced in size by about two pages, resulting in a more concise, direct treatment overall. 
  • *NEW* In addition to the new globalization section at the end of each chapter, the Timelines for each faith have been brought into closer sync with the content of the chapters and kept in the printed text. Students have said that they overwhelmingly prefer timelines to summarize the events and key elements of each chapter.
  • *NEW* The chapter of Buddhism features a new "Closer Look" box about the robes of monks and nuns, and gives more treatment to the situation of Rohingya in Myanmar.
  • *NEW* The chapter on Christianity now pays increased attention to the changes in the Roman Catholic Church brought by Pope Francis I.
  • *NEW* Chapter 12 now includes a treatment of Baha’i.
  • *NEW* The section on the Nation of Islam has been moved from the Islam chapter to Chapter 13, on New Religious Movements.
  • *NEW* The testing material for professors’ use has been expanded, and all of it reviewed for accuracy by the author, Robert Van Voorst.
  • *NEW* The YouTube channel for this book and the guide for it with introduction and questions for discussion has been updated and expanded with the latest video enrichment resources.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 1337405116 | ISBN-13: 9781337405119)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download Prep Cards, PowerPoint® presentations, instructor’s manual, and more.

Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 1337405094 | ISBN-13: 9781337405096)

Version for Instructor Review. This version of the textbook includes the same chapter content as the Student Version. Additional Prep Cards, perfect for the experienced instructor looking to try something new or the first-timer coming to the course fresh, are available in the Instructor Resource Center. These offer additional examples, in-class activities, information on the supplements, and more to help you plan your course and enhance your lecture.