The Religion Book: Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers

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From Aaron (the first high priest of Israel) to Zoroastrianism (once the dominant religion in Persia), The Religion Book provides an encyclopedic look at the practices of yesterday and today. Christians, Buddhists, Wiccans and the rest may have questions about others' belief or even their own, and The Religion Book expertly explains the similarities, differences, and original ideologies of believers and skeptics around the world. Are Nirvana and Heaven the same? Who are the Raelians, and why are they cloning ...
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Overview


From Aaron (the first high priest of Israel) to Zoroastrianism (once the dominant religion in Persia), The Religion Book provides an encyclopedic look at the practices of yesterday and today. Christians, Buddhists, Wiccans and the rest may have questions about others' belief or even their own, and The Religion Book expertly explains the similarities, differences, and original ideologies of believers and skeptics around the world. Are Nirvana and Heaven the same? Who are the Raelians, and why are they cloning people? What's the difference between Christian Scientists and Jehovah's Witnesses? Dogma? Karma? Feng Shui? What do they all mean? Devils, ghosts, the afterlife-do they really exist? If killing's a sin, why are there jihads? From the prominence of Catholics to the head scratching of the Red Paint People, The Religion Book is the go-to resource for all ages-and it doesn't require dressing in go-to-meeting clothes. Five hundred-plus pages explore 300 key religious figures, prophets, deities, places, and scriptures that play important roles in the major religions of the world. Willis respectfully explains terms and concepts as they relate to their respective belief systems, whether mainstream, pagan, or cultish.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This concise and accessible encyclopedia contains nearly 300 entries on the world's major religions, as well as important articles on important holy places...prophets and historical figures...and spiritual practices and religions that predate organized religion..."— Library Journal

"...in a world of religious war and murderous rhetoric, [The Religion Book] is that rare thing – a spiritual labor of patience and fairness."— Nashville Tennessean

"...this is a fascinating book...the book's appeal lies in its lively writing and thoughtful, personal approach..."— School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578591510
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,449,383
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Willis, a minister with the United Church of Christ, serves as adjunct professor of comparative religion and cross-cultural studies at Mt. Wachusett Community College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xv
A1
Aaron
Abominable Snowman
Abortion
Abraham
Adam and Eve
Afterlife
Agni
Agnosticism/Theism/Atheism
Agricultural Revolution
Ahura Mazda/Ahriman
Alcohol
Alexandria
Allah
Altar
Amesbury
Amish
Amitabha Buddha
Anabaptists
Angel
Anglican Church
Animism
Anthropocentrism
Anthropomorphism
Antichrist
Apocalypse
Apocrypha
Apologists
Aquarius, Age of
Aquinas, Thomas
Arabs
Archaeology
Arius
Ark of the Covenant
Armageddon
Arthur
Arts
Aryans
Ascetic
Assemblies of God
Astrology
Attila the Hun
Augustine
Avatar
B59
Babylonian Captivity
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Baha'i
Bantu
Baptism
Baptist
Bar/Bat Mitzva
Benedictines
Bethlehem
Bhagavad-Gita
Bhakti
Bible
Black Elk
Black Muslims
Black Stone
Bodhisattva
Book of Mormon
Brahman/Atman
Buddha
Buddhism
Buddhism, Development of
Burial Customs
Burning Bush
C97
Cabot, Laurie
Caesar, Julius
Cain and Abel
Caldron/Cauldron
Caliphate
Calvary/Golgotha
Calvin, John, and Jacobus Arminius
Canaanite Gods, Goddesses
Castaneda, Carlos
Caste System
Catholicism
Celibacy
Celtic
Chakra
Charismatic Movement
Ch'i
Christ/Jesus of Nazareth
Christian Science
Christianity
Christianity, Calendar of
Christianity, Development of
Church of the Nazarene
Circumcision
Columbus, Christopher
Confession
Confucian Texts
Confucianism/Daoism
Confucius
Congregationalism
Coptic Church
Cosmogony
Covenant
Creationism
Creed (Christian)
Crusades
Cult
D165
Dance, Sacred
Dao
David, King
Dead Sea Scrolls
Death of God Theology
Deep Ecology
Delphi, Oracle of
Devil/Demons
Dharma
Dhimmi
Disciple/Apostle
Dispensationalism
Divination
Divine Right of Kings
Dogma
Dominic
Dreams
Dreamtime
Druze
E199
Ecumenism
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Eliot, John
Episcopal Church
Eucharist
Evangelical
Evil
Excommunication/Apostasy
Exegesis
Exorcism
F219
Faith
Fasting
Fatwa
Feminist Theology
Feng Shui
Fish
Francis of Assisi
Fundamentalism
G229
Gaia Principle
Galilei, Galileo
Gandhi, Mahatma
Ganges
Ghetto
Ghost Dance
Gnosticism
God
Goddess Worship
Golden Rule
Gospel
Great Awakening
Greek Gods and Goddesses
Guru
H259
Hail Mary
Half-way Covenant
Healing Effigy/Amulet/Talisman/Fetish
Hebrew Prophets
Heresy
Hermeneutics
Hinduism
Hinduism, Development of
I275
Immaculate Conception
Incarnation
Indra
Inquisition
Islam
Islam, Development of
J287
Jainism
Jehovah's Witnesses
Jesuits
Jihad
Joseph
Judaism
Judaism, Calendar of
Judaism, Development of
K307
Kaaba
Kabbalah
Kami
Karma
Kiva
Kosher
Kwanzaa
L317
Lao Tzu
Ley Lines
Liberation Theology
Lilith
Lingam/Yoni
Literary Criticism/Historical Critical Method
Liturgy
Lord's Prayer
Lutheranism
M333
Manitou
Masons
Maya
Medicine Wheels
Mennonites
Merlin
Messiah
Mithraism
Moody, Dwight L.
Mormons/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Moses
Muhammad
N363
Native American Church
Neoorthodoxy/Neo-paganism
New Age Religions
Noah's Flood
Norse Gods and Goddesses
Nun
O377
Occult
Orphic Gods
P381
Paganism, Calendar of
Passover
Patrick, Saint
Paul, Saul of Tarsus
Pentecostalism
Pow-wow
Prayer/Meditation/Contemplation
Presbyterian
Purgatory
Q397
Quakers/Religious Society of Friends
Qur'an
R401
Rastafarianism
Red Paint People
Religion
Rosary
S411
Sabbath
Sacrament
Sacrifice
Salem Witch Trials
Salvation Army
Scapegoat
Scientology
Seventh-day Adventism
Shakers/United Society of Believers
Shinto
Shinto Texts
Sikhism
Solomon
Spiritualism
T433
Tabernacle in the Wilderness
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Tanakh
Tao Te Ching
Ten Commandments
Theodicy
Theosophy
Transfiguration, Mount of
U447
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
V455
Vatican Councils
Vision Quest
Voodoo/Vodou/Vodun
W461
Wailing Wall
Wicca
World Council of Churches
Y465
YMCA/YWCA
Z467
Zionism
Zoroastrianism
Afterword 471
Resources 475
Index 481
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