Historical Atlas of Religions

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From the dawn of mankind’s imagination, we have sought the favour of elemental powers and attempted to appease them with worship and sacrifice. The story of religion is one of learning to live with evolving social structures and determining how faith can provide a structure of beliefs through which we can deal with the world around us. In Historical Atlas of Religions, Karen Farrington shows how different cultures’ beliefs evolved, how their influence spread, and where they came into conflict with each other. The...

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Overview

From the dawn of mankind’s imagination, we have sought the favour of elemental powers and attempted to appease them with worship and sacrifice. The story of religion is one of learning to live with evolving social structures and determining how faith can provide a structure of beliefs through which we can deal with the world around us. In Historical Atlas of Religions, Karen Farrington shows how different cultures’ beliefs evolved, how their influence spread, and where they came into conflict with each other. The book is not partisan; its aims are to enlighten and not to preach, and to put each religion into its own proper context. Historical Atlas of Religions is a delightful encyclopedia of human spiritual endeavor from the earliest forms of animism to the established faiths of modern times.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Some three dozen organized religions, religious movements, and systems of belief are explored in this oversized package. Beginning in the acknowledged birthplace of many major religions, the Middle East, each chapter discusses the significant religions throughout history by continent. The origins and basic tenets of each faith and the hardships experienced by some of its practitioners are revealed in substantial text. Abundant color illustrations include portraits of significant individuals, reproductions of important religious art, and photographs of artifacts and sites. The many historical maps depicting strongholds and the spread of specific religions are especially helpful. Entries for groups such as The Society of Friends and Christian Science are only two pages long as are those for religious beliefs of which there is little record, such as those of the Maya. Others, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, are discussed at greater length. Christianity receives the most attention since it has influenced the histories of peoples in most parts of the world. While the introductions to the beliefs of some peoples and groups (e.g., the Australasian Aborigines, the Salvation Army, and others) are not extensive, they offer a basic understanding of each one. The organization does not promote quick access to specific facts or significant dates and statistics, but there is an index. On the whole, Farrington's work presents more variety than Trevor Barnes's The Kingfisher Book of Religions (Kingfisher, 1999) and more substance than Anita Ganeri's The Atlas of World Religions (Peter Bedrick, 2001).-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816050697
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Historical Atlas Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 11.58 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN FARRINGTON is an ex-Fleet Street journalist who worked for several years at London’s Old Bailey. She became a fulltime author in 1987 and has contributed to numerous publications on military history. Her published works include, ‘Witness to World War II’, ‘The History of Religion’ and ‘Natural Disasters’.

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Table of Contents

Introduction-A Common Human Psyche 6
Chapter 1 The Middle East 8
The Story of Judaism 10
Moses and the Exodus 12
The Promised Land 14
The Creation of Israel 16
Maimonides-Traveler and Doctor 18
Persecution of Jews 20
Jewish Tradition 22
Focus of Faith-the Synagogue 24
The Story of Christianity 26
The Death of Christ 28
St. Paul and the Spread of Christianity 30
Christian Persecution 32
Schism in Christianity 34
The Story of Islam 36
Succession to the Prophet 38
The Spread of Islam 40
The Koran-Teacher of Man 42
Islamic Worship 44
A Lifetime's Journey-the Hajj 46
Centers of Prayer-Mosques 48
The Selected Ones-Sufism 50
Baha'i-a Refuge from Orthodoxy 52
Religious Conflicts in the Middle East 54
Chapter 2 North America 56
Gods of the Moundbuilders 58
Shamanism-the Healing Seers 60
The Pilgrim Fathers 62
Mormonism-a New Mission 64
Jehovah's Witnesses 66
Out of the Dark-Spiritualism 68
Christian Science 70
Scientology 72
Chapter 3 Central and South America 74
The Maya-Order from Chaos 76
The Aztec-Divine Fire of Sacrifice 78
The Inca-Time and Space 80
Jesuits-Missionaries Abroad 82
Voodoo-Africa meets America 84
Chapter 4 Africa 86
The Terracotta Gods 88
Star Worshippers-the Dogon 90
Gods of the Nile--Ancient Egypt 92
Missionaries in Africa 94
Rastafarianism 96
Chapter 5 Europe 98
The Dawn of Man 100
Gods of the Greeks 102
The Roman Empire 104
Old Norse Religion 106
Christianity in the Middle Ages 108
The Crusades and Papal Control 110
The Reformation in England 112
The Reformation in Europe 114
To Reach God-Cathedrals 116
Greek Orthodox Church 118
Russian Orthodox Church 120
Methodism-a Precise Approach 122
Quakers-The Society of Friends 124
The Salvation Army 126
Theosophy 128
Religious Conflicts in Europe 130
Chapter 6 Asia 132
The Story of Hinduism 134
Sacred Texts-the Vedas 136
Hindu Tradition 138
Reincarnation and the Caste System 140
The Story of Buddhism 142
Buddhist Belief 144
The Buddhist Lifestyle 146
Buddhist Texts 148
Buddhist Sects: Zen, Rinzai, Soto, and Tantric 150
Persecution of Buddhists 152
Jainism-Faith of Sympathy 154
Zoroastrianism-Faith of Fire 156
Taoism-the Way to Confucius 158
Confucianism-a Civil System 160
Shintoism-Way of the Kami 162
The Story of Sikhism 164
The Sikh Gurus 166
Sikh Religious Texts 168
Sikh Worship-the Gurdwara 170
Persecution of Sikhs 172
Krishna Consciousness 174
The Unification Church 176
Religious Conflict in Asia 178
Chapter 7 Australasia 180
Spirits of Dance-Aborigines 182
A Fierce Spirit-Maori Religion 184
Easter Island-Mystery in Stone 186
Conclusion--Is there a God? 188
Glossary and Index 190
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