Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals / Edition 2

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Religions of the World looks at the key issues of faith as it exists today. It includes features on beliefs, traditions, festivals and practices of the major faiths and also looks at and discusses the differences within as well as between the faiths.
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Editorial Reviews

Persons of different religious backgrounds coexist within the United States yet may know very little about their neighbors' beliefs. For those wanting to educate themselves about world religions but do not wishing to enroll in a university course, this book will be essential on their reading list. The authors divide their book into three areas-Abrahamic faiths, Vedic faiths, and other major traditions. The Abrahamic faiths include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Vedic faiths encompass Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The segment on other major religions discusses Shinto, Taoism, Sikhism, and the Baha'i faiths. There are additional sections on ancient religious traditions as well as beliefs of indigenous people. This book expertly combines concise textual detail with the eye-catching photographic layout of a DK Eyewitness book. Colored inserts break up the text, making it less daunting. Maps detail areas where particular religions were previously dominant, and how those same areas may be different today based on factors such as missionization or diaspora. There is a calendar for each religious tradition and explanations of its year cycle. Especially helpful are flow charts of how parent religions splintered into separate denominations. In the spirit of diversity, the authors never portray any religion as having similar representation. For example, within the section on Christianity, they include photographs of motor bikers spreading the Gospel, Korean evangelicals at a revival, and singing African Catholic schoolchildren. This book will be a boon to any library's religion collection. 2005, Facts on File, 160p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio., PLB . Ages 11 toAdult.
—Angelica Delgado
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This book, originally published in 1997, has been revised-essentially, according to the authors, because of the rapidly changing "role, status and place of religion." However, the alterations are so minor that they are virtually unnoticeable. Only the final page, "Faith in the Future," has been entirely rewritten-but the earlier material is still perfectly valid. And, unfortunately, the new edition is inconsistent in updating statistics. The membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still given as "about five million worldwide" when it is well over 12 million. Figures in the sections on Hinduism and Jainism contradict other areas of the book; Sikhism quotes numbers from 1993, and Islam uses a 1996 calendar. Such sloppiness detracts from the book's usefulness and questions its necessity. Religions is a valuable resource, covering the beliefs and practices of 10 major religions and lavishly illustrated with color photos, maps, diagrams, and charts; but libraries owning the earlier edition need not replace it.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816062584
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Illustrated Guide to Customs and Beliefs Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Abrahamic faiths 23
Judaism 24
Christianity 42
Islam 66
The Vedic faiths 85
Hinduism 89
Buddhism 106
Jainism : origins and development 122
Other major traditions 126
Shinto : beliefs and history 128
Taoism : the tao - the way of heaven 132
Sikhism 138
Bahai'i : development of the Baha'i Faith 150
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