The Usborne Book of World Religions

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This thought-provoking book examines in detail the beliefs, history and customs of all the major world religions, as well as taking a look at some less well-known faiths. The huge impact of religion on human affairs throughout history and some current religious issues are carefully and objectively discussed. Beautiful illustrations and photographs of religious works of art, festivals and ordinary people involved in their religion help bring the different faiths vividly to life, while explanatory maps and an ...
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Overview

This thought-provoking book examines in detail the beliefs, history and customs of all the major world religions, as well as taking a look at some less well-known faiths. The huge impact of religion on human affairs throughout history and some current religious issues are carefully and objectively discussed. Beautiful illustrations and photographs of religious works of art, festivals and ordinary people involved in their religion help bring the different faiths vividly to life, while explanatory maps and an informative time chart give them a clear and useful context. The Usborne Book of World Religions is a fascinating and balanced reference work on this most important subject.
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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Religion has had a tremendous impact on world history and human affairs. Focusing on the six major religions in chronological order, details about each bring them into vivid focus. Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism each have six pages of text enhanced by striking photographs and illustrations. As the oldest religion, Hinduism dates back to 2000 B.C. It teaches that individuals have souls and all are trapped in an endless cycle of life. Buddhists follow the life of Siddhartha hoping to reach Nirvana, the moment of enlightenment. Several other religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have a belief in one God, but most similarities end there. For followers of Judaism, the Torah scrolls contain teachings, histories, and prophecies. The various branches of Christianity follow different doctrine, but all acknowledge Jesus's birth and death, and celebrate similar holy days. Islam follows the life of Muhammad, the Prophet of God, and believers are guided by writings in the Koran. Sikhs are disciples of Sikhism and aim to lead an honest life and provide service to others. Also included in the book are--a history of past religions, details about lesser-known faiths, maps, a timeline, and glossary. Informative and concise text make this a valuable research tool and an interesting read. 2000 (orig. 1996), Usborne, Ages 9 to 12, $9.95. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
In typical Usborne fashion, photographs and drawings are interwoven throughout Ms. Meredith's text which focuses upon the development of individual religions. In addition to their history and practices, she discusses contemporary religious issues, includes a two-page map for an at-a-glance view of practices worldwide, a time chart of religious development, glossary of terms, and complete index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780746017500
  • Publisher: EDC Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 60
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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