Religion For Dummies

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Why are we here?
How should we live?
What happens after we die?
Why does evil exist?

Religion For Dummies explains how the world’s great religions answer questions that persist through generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are trusted religious advisors known as the God Squad. With wonderful wit and incredible ...

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Overview

Why are we here?
How should we live?
What happens after we die?
Why does evil exist?

Religion For Dummies explains how the world’s great religions answer questions that persist through generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are trusted religious advisors known as the God Squad. With wonderful wit and incredible wisdom, they host a daily talk show which reaches nearly 4 million homes in the New York area, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.

This book is not a scholarly theological treatise; it’s a lively, practical, hands-on resource that will help you better understand your own religion and others. You’ll explore:

  • Religion's role in the family and in the workplace
  • The beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religions
  • Religion's impact during major passages in life such as birth, death, and marriage
  • How to join a religion and how to pray
  • How religion can help you deal with issues in every day life such as conflict, adversity, marriage, divorce, and more
  • Religious rituals and ethics

Religion for Dummies touches on lesser-known religions (such as, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism). It explores how people of various faiths pray, celebrate life and death, and view moral issues. The book does not tell you what to believe, but rather encourages you to live as you believe and let your religion infuse every aspect of your life. It doesn’t give simple answers to haunting, complex questions; it helps you find your own answers and pursue your own spiritual path!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764552649
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 279,614
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman host cable TV's The God Squad and appear frequently on Good Morning America and Imus in the Morning. They have written several children's books on religion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: In the Beginning: Religion Basics.

Chapter 1: Holy Smoke! Defining Religion.

Chapter 2: Four Big Mysteries and a Couple of Recent Conundrums.

Chapter 3: The God Questions: Does He Exist and What's He Like?

Chapter 4: When Good Religions Go Bad.

Part II: Religious Beliefs.

Chapter 5: The Foundations of Faith.

Chapter 6: The Amazing Variety of Spiritual Beings.

Part III: Religious Rituals.

Chapter 7: Rituals of Communal Worship.

Chapter 8: Rituals of Individual Devotion.

Chapter 9: Holy Days in Our Lives: Rites of Passage.

Part IV: Religious Ethics.

Chapter 10: Personal Virtues.

Chapter 11: Public Virtues.

Chapter 12: Religion and Some Really Hot Ethical Issues.

Part V: All (Other) Things Holy.

Chapter 13: Holy Books.

Chapter 14: Holy People.

Chapter 15: Holy Places.

Chapter 16: Holy Houses.

Chapter 17: Holy Days on the Calendar.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten (or so) Jobs for the Devoted.

Chapter 19: Ten Tales for Your Reading Enjoyment.

Appendix: A Few Religions of the World.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Excellent reference, and good supplement to any comparative religion text

    This book had all the same (pertinent)info as my comparative religion text, but delivered it in a more concise, easier-to-read way. Main points are highlighted and the overall text is delivered in a much more comprehendable manner than stuffy text books. I love the '... for Dummies' books, and this one only made me love it more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Hats off to the authors

    This book was excellently researched and written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Can religion possibly be for anybody other than dummies? We thin

    Can religion possibly be for anybody other than dummies? We think not. The most apropos title ever devised for the subject matter.
    Too bad this tome fails to live up to it's title. Instead, it rolls out the same old tired arguments for various ludicrous belief systems, never pointing out that the only sane thing to do is to dispose of the concept of religion in its entirety. Who needs another book espousing outdated myths as something relevant to today's world? Rubbish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    Not recomended

    I have read quite a few books on the study of religion, and I've got to say I rank this one fairly low. For one thing, the information wasn't very well organized (from a beginner perspective) I've actually read this one twice, once before I considered myself very knowledgeable on the subject matter, and once again recently. The first time around, I found it hard to follow because instead of focusing on one religion at a time, they focus on one aspect of religion per chapter i.e; 'ethics' or 'rituals'. Just about every other book on religion I've ever read focuses on one religion at a time i.e.; 'Jainism' or 'Islam', and they say everything they have to say about each religion before moving on. If any of you out there prefer the former way of organization, that's fine, but I found it frustrating (the first time I read the book).
    Also, the same religions aren't always talked about in every chapter, the only consistent ones are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They do discuss others, but not consistently in each chapter. Personally, I don't think that's diverse enough, even for a beginners guide.
    Lastly, the book is extremely biased, which I don't always necessarily mark books down for being biased, but for a beginners guide, it doesn't serve the intended purpose of the book. No one (no beginner) who wants to learn more about a subject wants to be constantly bombarded by a one sided opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Very Informing

    This book did an excellent job of not only informing people of other religions, but it also was unbias and stay straight down the middle. If you want to learn more about a certain(or maybe all) religions, this is the right book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR

    If you have felt rather sheepish about your knowledge of the world's main religions as I have then this book is for you. It gives you a broad insight into most religions so you won't feel so ignorant next time you talk to someone of another faith. This book is great for that purpose.

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