World Religions
A refreshing approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations to stunning illustrations provide intriguing insights into the world's most important religions--offering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each.World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianism--the oldest "living" religion--and the great faiths practiced today. Each of the major faiths--Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam--is examined in detail through its sacred texts, epic imagery, key beliefs, and religious artifacts.The distinctive identities of different faiths are explored in World Religions by studying the main principles and thinking of each religion. The book's superb reproduction allows the symbolism and meaning in religious imagery and iconography to be revealed in great detail.Accessible and far-reaching, World Religions will engage the whole family as much as the serious student.

World Religions Details

TitleWorld Religions
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2006
PublisherDK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
ISBN-139780756617721
Rating
GenreReligion, Nonfiction, History, Spirituality, Reference, Philosophy, Cultural, Historical, Fantasy, Mythology, Art

World Religions Review

  • Andrew Obrigewitsch
    January 1, 1970
    I was really not impressed by this book. It throws out a bunch of facts without mentioning their relative importances, and in fact puts in things that are not important at all and leaves out important parts of religions. This is mainly true of Eastern religions the western ones are not so poorly described. But I'm going to describe Christianity the way the book describes Hinduism. "Christianity has a holy trinity of gods, the Holy Spirit, God and Jesus. Jesus was believed to have walked on water I was really not impressed by this book. It throws out a bunch of facts without mentioning their relative importances, and in fact puts in things that are not important at all and leaves out important parts of religions. This is mainly true of Eastern religions the western ones are not so poorly described. But I'm going to describe Christianity the way the book describes Hinduism. "Christianity has a holy trinity of gods, the Holy Spirit, God and Jesus. Jesus was believed to have walked on water and revive the dead. Mary his mother was a virgin. Many christians eat bread and drink wine to symbolize eating Jesus."As you can see that description tells you some facts, while telling you nothing about what Christianity really is. Additionally the book is made up mostly of the Christian and Jewish religions. With those taking up about 60% and then all other religions taking up the rest. I know nothing about ester religions and was reading the book to learn about them.
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  • Gregory
    January 1, 1970
    The book has great pictures and lots of color, but I found it lacking in actual information. I felt that is wasn't well organized (use terms pages before defining them, circular definitions, etc.). Also the information it does give is so general that you could have guessed it or it isn't very different then saying nothing at all.
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  • Kacee Moreton
    January 1, 1970
    Great book! A thorough history of religions from ancient Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Buddhism, and on down the line of Abrahamic. Very informative and especially liked the illustrations of symbols and their meanings.
  • WitchHaven Apothecary
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a plethora of information on many religions. It is well written and easy to understand. I bought this book and have let many borrow it with the same results. You can get much knowlegde from this read. I will read it again.NamasteDani
  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    This book covers the major religions of the world such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Native American religions, and others. The traditions, styles of worship, sacred texts, and various sects of each religion are covered in full detail with pictures and drawings.
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    A very broad view of the most known world religions. It does not go into much detail. A 2.5 Stars just because it is a good compilation of the most influential world's organized beliefs systems.
  • Kelly Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Informative, thorough and visual.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This was sort of a textbook-style overview of the great religions of the world. My goal was to learn primarily about the non-Abrahamic religions, since I knew I would know most of the information about the Abrahamic religions (I was correct). The sections on Hinduism and Jainism were particularly helpful, and the ones that I found the most interesting. I really loved that they worked in some beautiful imagery from different religions (artifacts, religions iconography, houses of worship and/or li This was sort of a textbook-style overview of the great religions of the world. My goal was to learn primarily about the non-Abrahamic religions, since I knew I would know most of the information about the Abrahamic religions (I was correct). The sections on Hinduism and Jainism were particularly helpful, and the ones that I found the most interesting. I really loved that they worked in some beautiful imagery from different religions (artifacts, religions iconography, houses of worship and/or liturgical items, etc.). I appreciated too that they were embedded right within the text, textbook style.My major complaint might be that the organization didn't strike me as the best way to go. I get that they wanted to explore things in sections, focusing on deities and then traditions, etc. However, I felt like I came away without enough of an idea of the powerful stories and narrative arcs that seem to be at the root of a lot of religions. I wanted a more organic presentation, and I wanted WAY more information about the Eastern religions in particular.I also sort of had a little bit of a beef with how the section on Islam included a section on 9/11 and differing interpretations of the concept of 'jihad'...I suppose that on the one hand, I understand that, but on the other hand...everything else in the book on other religions only focused mainly on beliefs, perhaps with a little relevant history. But there was no section on the Crusades or the Spanish Inquisition, for example, or other difficult passages (e.g. the Canaanite genocide, etc.). There /was/ a section on science and religion in the Christian section that sort of didn't entirely fit, but it was different in tone.
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  • Joy Barnett
    January 1, 1970
    Name: Joy BarnettType: AlmanacTitle: World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained Call Number: RF. 200. BOWDescription: This almanac is organized by the religions of the world, for example Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each entry explains the important aspects of the featured religion and features colored photographs or important events and artifacts. Reviewed: Masuchika, G. (1997). [Review of book World religions: The great faiths explored & explained]. Library Journal, 122( Name: Joy BarnettType: AlmanacTitle: World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained Call Number: RF. 200. BOWDescription: This almanac is organized by the religions of the world, for example Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each entry explains the important aspects of the featured religion and features colored photographs or important events and artifacts. Reviewed: Masuchika, G. (1997). [Review of book World religions: The great faiths explored & explained]. Library Journal, 122(8), 94. Criteria: Scope: This text covers major religions. For example, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Each entry features a history of how the religion started and historic and current practices. Each entry also includes colored photographs of important figures or emblems. Accuracy/Authority: The text proves its authority by covering a wide range of religions so that it seems reasonably unbiased. Arrangement/ Presentation: The entries are arranged in alphabetical order and presented in a manner that does not overwhelm the reader. There is whitespace and photographs to break up the text. Even a lower lever reader would not feel overwhelmed when reading this text. Relation to other works: This Almanac is not part of multiple volumes. This text fits with the social studies curriculum, particularly for an advanced course called Global Perspectives.Accessibility/ Diversity: This text is appropriate for high school students in reading level and in content. Cost: $18.95Bowker, J. (2006). World religions: The great faiths explored and explained. DK Publishing: London.
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  • Willow Redd
    January 1, 1970
    Another entry into my Read Your Library list. Since I've been focusing on World History, religion was a natural inclusion since it has been one of the main drives behind humanity from the very beginning.This book is a nice overview of the more recognizable religions of the world, starting with the ancient religions such as the Greek, Egyptian, and Celtic traditions, and moving on through time to cover Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and even touching on smaller native religions Another entry into my Read Your Library list. Since I've been focusing on World History, religion was a natural inclusion since it has been one of the main drives behind humanity from the very beginning.This book is a nice overview of the more recognizable religions of the world, starting with the ancient religions such as the Greek, Egyptian, and Celtic traditions, and moving on through time to cover Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and even touching on smaller native religions around the world.My one complaint with this one is that I wish they had spent more time on the ancient religions. Plus, there is no mention of the Sumerian religious tradition of the Mesopotamian area, even though it had a strong influence on Judaism (since the Semites, the early Jewish people, were slaves to the Babylonians and indoctrinated in their faith, borrowed almost entirely from early Sumer). Since there is such a focus on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; it would have been nice to take a look at one of the early religions that held many of the original stories that became a major part of those three.Of course, the author does include a section on further reading in the back, so I now have a list of additional books to look for regarding each of the religions covered here.
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    This book gave a great introduction to all religions. I especially loved the fabulous photos of all the implements used in the different religions. A lot of the time, though, the main photo on the page was placed right in the middle of the two pages, so you couldn't see the whole picture due to the binding in the middle. Other than that, this is a keeper for further reference.
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  • Carrie L
    January 1, 1970
    This is an incredibly beautiful and accessible introduction to many of the world religions. I use it as a supplemental text for writing world religions papers for my seminary, and I am consistently impressed with the amount of detail Bowker has condensed into such a pretty package.
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  • Halcyon Westall
    January 1, 1970
    With big glossy pictures!!
  • Marie Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This book is an extremely user-friendly guide to understanding the differences, and similarities, between today's most practiced religions. As interesting as it is informative.
  • Daniel Crouch
    January 1, 1970
    The book is lovely and insightful and clearly meant to be little more than a survey, but its scattered approach to covering main topics in each religion left much to be desired.
  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I tried to find it online but they only sell it in paperback and it just was not the same.
  • Nancy Moffett
    January 1, 1970
    I appreciated the simple explanation of eastern religions. Very helpful.
  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    lavishly illustrated, lots of info
  • Larry Koester
    January 1, 1970
    Throwing facts around is fine with me on this topic. Spare me human opinion. Comparative religion is a whole other topic.
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