The fun and easy way to know the common elements of thesewidespread religions
Want to know more about the faiths of Judaism, Christianity, andIslam? This plain-English guide traces their evolution from theircommonorigin - Abraham - and explains their different, yet linked,beliefs.You'll see how each religion developed, endured setbacks,and became a fixture in modern society - and you'll learn howmembers havedeveloped similar approaches to worship.
- How the belief in one God originated
- The roots of Abraham's family tree
- The sacred texts of each faith
- Major similarities and differences
- How these religions influenced the world
About the Author
William P. Lazarus has taught religious history courses for 14 years. Mark Sullivan is a writer and editor who has studied comparative religion and philosophy extensively.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Part I: History Is a Happening Thing.
Chapter 1: One God, Three Faiths.
Chapter 2: Following Abraham’s Path.
Part II: The Development of Judaism, Christianity, andIslam.
Chapter 3: Judaism: Oy Vey, What a History!
Chapter 4: Judaism Finds God in Everything.
Chapter 5: Jesus and the Origins of Christianity.
Chapter 6: Christian Beliefs and Practices.
Chapter 7: The Birth of Islam: The Prophet Submits to Allah.
Chapter 8: Islam: Submission of the Faithful.
Part III: Shared Aspects of the Faiths.
Chapter 9: Reading the Holy Words.
Chapter 10: Houses of Prayer.
Chapter 11: Religious Leaders: Keeping the Faith.
Chapter 12: Sacred Sites.
Chapter 13: Thy Kingdom Come: The Messiah Concept.
Chapter 14: Holy Catastrophe: End of the World.
Part IV: Shared Ideas Among the Faiths.
Chapter 15: Dealing with Sin.
Chapter 16: Good Heavens: Life after Death.
Chapter 17: Hell in a Nutshell.
Chapter 18: War and Peace: Why Can’t We All Get Along?
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Misconceptions about Jews, Christians, andMuslims.
Chapter 20: Ten Films Drawn from Biblical Accounts.
Chapter 21: Ten-Plus Ways Religion Influences the World.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Timelines for Religions.
Appendix B: Genealogies.
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