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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This comprehensive handbook provides a Christian perspective on religion and its many manifestations around the world. Written by top religion scholars from a broad spectrum of Christianity, it introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements. Articles explore the relationship of other religions to Christianity, providing

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This comprehensive handbook provides a Christian perspective on religion and its many manifestations around the world. Written by top religion scholars from a broad spectrum of Christianity, it introduces world religions, indigenous religious traditions, and new religious movements. Articles explore the relationship of other religions to Christianity, providing historical perspective on past encounters and highlighting current issues. The book also contains articles by adherents of non-Christian religions, offering readers an insider's perspective on various religions and their encounters with Christianity. Maps, timelines, and sidebars are included.

Editorial Reviews

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:
832
Sales rank:
757,818
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Terry C. Muck (PhD, Northwestern University), now retired, served as executive director of the Louisville Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, a center supporting research and leadership education on American religion. Harold A. Netland (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is director of the PhD in Intercultural Studies program and professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Anglican Chair of Divinity/History and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama.

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