by Philip WilkinsonFor someone new to the varieties of religious culture this volume provides a handy and compact introduction.The book begins with the question, "What is religion?" and provides from there a general view of religion's cultural, communal, political, and even metaphysical significance.The book acknowledges even the anti-religious view of Marx or implicitly the new atheists but takes seriously religious belief as a pervasive and encompassing aspect of human life.With plentiful illustrations the book culls bite-sized bits of the beliefs and practices of ancient and primal religions before turning to the major faiths in the world today, measured chiefly by number of adherents.These include Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism, Buddhism, related Chinese and Japanese religions (Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and finally a brief look at new religions including Baha'ism and the welter of movements particularly common in the United States.The images throughout the book demonstrate the wealth of art, culture, and industry shaped out of religious experience, but particularly demonstrate the diversity of believers as well as shared patterns and origins of belief.
|Title||Illustrated Dictionary of Religions|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
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