The Everything World's Religions Book: Discover the Beliefs, Traditions, and Cultures of Ancient and Modern Religions

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Religion is as old as time itself. From Judaism and the ancient Eastern religions to the many facets of Christianity, many religions have stood the test of time, war, and cultural strife. In language that is easy to understand, The Everything World's Religions Book highlights the rich traditions, histories, and holy writings of diverse beliefs and traditions around the world. Whether you're a casual reader, student, or scholar, The Everything World's Religions Book helps you celebrate both the uniqueness of the ...
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Overview

Religion is as old as time itself. From Judaism and the ancient Eastern religions to the many facets of Christianity, many religions have stood the test of time, war, and cultural strife. In language that is easy to understand, The Everything World's Religions Book highlights the rich traditions, histories, and holy writings of diverse beliefs and traditions around the world. Whether you're a casual reader, student, or scholar, The Everything World's Religions Book helps you celebrate both the uniqueness of the world's religions, as well as their commonalities. You'll learn how these religions are practiced today, including the celebration of holidays, important religious leaders, and customs and practices. Whether you're researching your own religion or are interested in broadening your horizons, The Everything World's Religions Book is the perfect guide to exploring the tenets, beliefs, and traditions of religions around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580626484
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Religion Through the Ages 1
Defining Religion 2
Fundamentals of Religion 2
A Western Interpretation 3
The Study of Religions 4
Classifying Religions 5
The Future of Religion 6
Chapter 2 Christianity 9
Origins and Development 10
Jesus Christ 11
Central Beliefs 16
The Spread of Christianity 17
Holy Writings 20
Rituals and Customs 22
Chapter 3 Catholicism 25
History of Catholicism 26
The Hierarchy in Catholicism 27
The Virgin Mary 28
Sin, Confession, and Penitence 29
Holy Writings 30
Beliefs and Rituals 31
Chapter 4 Prevalent Christian Faiths 35
Amish 36
Anglicans 37
Baptists 40
Christian Scientists 42
Congregationalists 44
Jehovah's Witnesses 45
Mennonites 48
Mormons 49
Presbyterians 52
Chapter 5 Other Christian Faiths 55
Adventists 56
Deists 57
Lutherans 60
Methodists 62
Orthodoxy 64
Protestants 68
Quakers 71
Unitarian Universalist Association 74
Chapter 6 Islam and Islamic Sects 77
Muhammad 78
Central Beliefs 79
Holy Writings 80
Worship and Practices 82
Prayer and Mosques 83
Rituals and Customs 85
Festivals and Celebrations 86
Developments of Modern Islam 87
Sunnis and Shiites 89
Sufism 91
Chapter 7 Hinduism and Hindu Sects 93
Origins and Development 94
Hindu Deities 95
Central Beliefs 97
Holy Writings 99
Worship and Practices 102
Rituals and Customs 103
Vishnu 105
Brahma 107
Shiva 108
Chapter 8 Buddhism 109
Origins and Development 110
The Buddha 111
Central Beliefs 114
Literature 115
Worship and Practices 117
Rituals and Customs 120
Theravada and Mahayana 121
Chapter 9 Judaism 123
Origins and Development 124
Central Beliefs 129
The Torah 129
Synagogues 131
Rituals and Customs 133
Religious Festivals and Holy Holidays 135
Chapter 10 Judaic Affiliations 137
Orthodox Judaism 138
Hasidic Judaism 140
Conservative Judaism 142
Reform Judaism 143
Chapter 11 Confucianism 145
Origins and Development 146
Confucius 146
The Teachings of Confucius 147
Confucian Literature 148
The Reputation of Confucius 149
Rituals and Customs 150
Diversification into Modern Society 152
Chapter 12 Taoism 155
Origins and Development 156
Lao Tzu 158
Central Beliefs 159
Writings 161
Worship and Practices 163
Rituals and Customs 164
Chapter 13 Jainism and Baha'i 167
The Development of Jainism 168
Vardhamana Mahavira 169
The Central Beliefs of Jainism 169
Rituals and Customs of Jainism 172
The Development of Baha'i 173
The Central Beliefs of Baha'i 175
Practices of the Baha'i Faith 177
Chapter 14 Sikhism 179
Origins and Development 180
The Path of Guru Nanak 181
Central Beliefs 182
Holy Writings and Worship 184
Rituals and Customs 185
Diversification into Modern Society 187
Chapter 15 Shinto 189
Origins and Development 190
Central Beliefs 192
Sacred Texts 194
Worship and Practices 195
Rituals and Customs 195
Festivals 196
Chapter 16 Lesser Known Faiths 197
Hare Krishna 198
Pentecostalism 201
Rastafarianism 206
Scientology 208
Shamanism 211
Yoruba 214
Chapter 17 Ancient Faiths 219
One of the Oldest Religions 220
Zoroaster 220
The Beliefs of Zoroastrianism/Parsiism 221
The Druids 224
The Central Beliefs of the Druids 225
Druid Festivals 227
Diversification into Modern Society 228
Chapter 18 Native American and African Faiths 229
Native American Religions 230
Native American Practices 232
The Native American Church Today 234
African Religions 235
Central Beliefs of African Religions 236
The Rituals of African Religions 238
Chapter 19 Pacific Rim Faiths 241
Australian/Aboriginal Faiths 242
Beliefs of the Aborigines 242
The Maori Faith 245
Spiritual Movements of the Maoris 246
Polynesian Religions 248
Central Beliefs of the Polynesian Religions 249
Chapter 20 New Age and Other Beliefs 251
Agnosticism and Atheism 252
New Age Spirituality 254
Prayer and Healing 258
Sorcery 262
Spiritism 263
Spiritualism 266
Witchcraft 269
Appendix A Source Material 275
Appendix B Timeline of Important Dates 277
Index 281
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