The Watkins Dictionary of Religions and Secular Faiths

The Watkins Dictionary of Religions and Secular Faiths

by Gerald Benedict
     
 

Faith is the cornerstone of societies throughout the world, and this unique dictionary presents an authoritative, extensive survey of both religious and secular philosophies. All the major religions and beliefs appear in this comprehensive compendium, along with the many denominations, cults, and sects emerging from them—all cross-referenced for easy searching.… See more details below

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Faith is the cornerstone of societies throughout the world, and this unique dictionary presents an authoritative, extensive survey of both religious and secular philosophies. All the major religions and beliefs appear in this comprehensive compendium, along with the many denominations, cults, and sects emerging from them—all cross-referenced for easy searching. It also addresses religion’s debate with, and response to, secularism and secular systems such as deism, atheism, agnosticism, Utilitarianism, Darwinism, and Marxism.
The work’s depth and breadth will inspire readers to reflect on fundamental questions about the nature of religion, its role in the formation of human society, how it has conditioned diverse cultures, and why, since the beginning of human history, it has provided a foundation for personal and social ethics.

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Library Journal

In this meticulously researched lexicon of liberal theoretical breadth, Benedict (The Maya Prophecies for 2012) offers objective definitions of world religions and secular belief systems-both historical and contemporary. His bite-sized, multiparagraph entries explain the differing beliefs of branching sects, and, through boldface cross-references, direct readers to separate entries discussing each faith's symbols, figures, and celebration days. Benedict's reasonable secular inclusions, like deconstructionism and Marxism, are surprising and thought-provoking. A stimulating and enjoyable read; highly recommended for religious studies collections.
—Savannah Schroll-Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905857524
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.78(h) x 2.10(d)

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