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This oversized, glossy atlas packs an impressive combination of over 200 maps and 400 color graphics with a strong effort toward worldwide coverage. Examples of notable items include reproductions of historical maps like a 1562 map of the Americas and photos supporting discussion on religion in Pacific Island nations. As the book aims to offer a chronological as well as a visual history, scholarly text typically running four to nine paragraphs accompanies each map. For example, the book's first section, "Religions of the Ancient World," compares a Jewish psalm and an Ugaritic hymn. The following four sections include "Foundations of Organized Religion," "Rise of the Major Religions," "Colonial Era to the 20th Century," and "Religions of the World Today." This plan encourages consideration of concurrent developments, and a 20-page time line is even inserted between Sections 3 and 4. Yet the plan also divides discussion across chapters regarding a specific place or religion.