Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices

Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices

by Terry C. Muck
     
 

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Written by top scholars, this comprehensive handbook introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements from a Christian perspective.See more details below

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Written by top scholars, this comprehensive handbook introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements from a Christian perspective.

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Library Journal
02/01/2015
The editors of this volume on the religions and religious-like philosophies of the world are explicitly evangelical in their approach. However, rather than focusing on an impartial description of the various religious movements or on an apologetical comparison, the 134 essays contained here seek to describe the basic beliefs as well as their interactions with Christianity. The volume consists of five parts that cover the study of religion in general, world religions, local religious movements based on geographic regions, newer religious movements, and the interaction of religion and cultural themes. As with any work by multiple experts, the writing at times assumes a general knowledge of the topic and is dense or overly simplistic in explaining the basics. The "study aids" sprinkled throughout, including bulleted lists, maps, time lines, and statistics, add greatly to the usability of the volume as a textbook. As a general reference work, the design of multiple essays on a religion or religious topic somewhat limits its relevance since one must read multiple essays to gain the full picture. For instance, the section on Hinduism's history, beliefs, and practices will leave the reader puzzled until they read the other essays on Hinduism. Many of the writings can stand on their own, but the design is clearly to read them as a group. VERDICT Despite some issues, overall the editors accomplish their aim of providing a introductory evangelical perspective of various religions and their encounters with Christianity.—Ray Arnett, Fremont Area Dist. Lib., MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801037764
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
582,190
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

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