World Religions (Times Mapping History)

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9780007199914: World Religions (Times Mapping History)

The Times World Religions presents a fully-comprehensive survey of the origins, developments, beliefs, and distribution of the world's religions. Full-color maps, pictures and a comprehensive and accessible text combine to form a unique global overview of human faith and a key to understanding its role in the modern world. The book's coverage ranges from faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism to cover issues such as secularism, less well-known belief systems such as Pacific Cargo Cults, and includes a section on religion in the ancient world.

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Martin Palmer is the director of ICOREC the consultancy on religion, education and culture. He is an expert on Chinese philosophy and culture and the author of many books on the subject.

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Palmer, the director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture, gathers 24 practitioners and scholars of the world's religions for a majestic introductory volume that traces the historical development and contemporary practices of the world's religions. Opening with a section on the nature of religion, the volume explores the history and practices of ancient religions from Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Central and South America. A long section on indigenous religions offers a wealth of material on traditions as diverse as Shinto, Maori religion, African religions and Australian aboriginal religions. The major world religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism—are covered in detail sufficient enough to whet readers' appetites to learn more. Each chapter is richly illustrated with photographs (mostly in color), maps and other works of art in order to demonstrate the living character of each religion. Brief chapters on new religious movements and religion in the modern world admirably introduce such topics as science and theology and women's roles in religions. A time line, glossary and bibliography enhance usefulness. This wealth of material provides a significant starting point for anyone interested in the role of religion in today's world, and the book's low price makes it accessible for all. (Feb.)
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Published by HarperCollins UK (2005)
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