The Handy Religion Answer Book

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The Handy Religion Answer Book is an easy-to-use comparitive guide for anyone seeking a basic understanding of the world's major religions. The book answers more than 800 questions related to history, leaders, organization, symbols, beliefs, and membership of the following religions:
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Confucianism
  • Taoism
  • Shinto

In addition, the book includes 100 illustrations, suggestions for further reading, and a global timeline of major events in religious history.

Author Biography:
G. John Renard, Ph.D. is a prolific writer of comparative religion. He is a graduate of Harvard University and is a professor of theological studies at St. Louis University.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Anyone—student, news junkie or bet-settler—who needs quick access to information about a major religion would do well to have this . . . book nearby." —"New York Daily News"
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Concise and accessible, this book for lay readers provides elemental, balanced coverage of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism and CCT (Chinese Community Traditions), Shinto, and Confucianism. The author uses a question-and-answer format, with each question appearing in large, bold font, making browsing for a particular topic a breeze. The answers describe history, beliefs, signs and symbols, leadership roles, holidays and other regular observances, and customs and rituals, dispelling stereotypes in the process. Non-English words appear in italics and are defined within the sentence. Updates from the 2001 edition include combining some entries and making room for updated coverage by removing tangential questions. Occasional black-and-white photographs adequately supplement the text, but are otherwise unremarkable. All considered, this is an outstanding resource for those with a general interest in major religions of the modern world.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578591251
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Meet the Author

John Renard, PhD, is a professor in the department of theological studies at Saint Louis University. He is the author of several books, including "Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood"; "Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective"; and "Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation." He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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