An engaging question-and-answer guide to the world's major religions.
Why do conflicts in the name of God persist--even though religious scholars agree that all great religions are based on love, not carnage? What do different faiths have to say about God? About the afterlife?
The spiritual world we live in today is a diverse and sometimes highly individualized mixture of religious practices and beliefs. The physical world is a much smaller place, often secular in appearance but still very much fueled by religious beliefs and conflict in the name of God. The Handy Religion Answer Book is an easy-to-use comparative guide for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the world's religious beliefs, customs, and practices. It provides solid descriptions of major beliefs and rituals worldwide, affording the reader an understanding of contemporary religion.
This book contains detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, membership, leaders, and organization of the world's eight major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto.
Clearly and eloquently written by a scholar with over 40 years of study and teaching experience, The Handy Religion Answer Book is an engaging guide for anyone seeking basic religious literacy and intellectual history.
This handy primer contains a wealth of information and answers more than 1,000 questions, such as ... What is the significance of the Star of David?
How did so many different Christian churches come into being?
What is the importance of the month of Ramadan?
What is an ayatollah?
Do Taoists believe in heaven and hell?
What are the main Islamic notions of the afterlife?
Who is the Dalai Lama and why is he important to so many Buddhists?
Plus, it includes questions concerning religion and violence and suborganizations that claim affiliation with the major faith communities. A glossary of religious terminology and maps of the general coverage areas for each religion are also included.
Enlightening and educational, The Handy Religion Answer Book clears up misinformation and misconceptions, and helps explain cultural and historical differences, providing the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the world's great religions.