Faith plays an important part in the lives of people around the world, and often the faith of one person or nation has an effect on other individuals or countries. The importance of religion is apparent in the daily routines of people around the world. Ideal for both student and family reference, Religions of the World, Revised Edition is an objective guide to understanding faith in the modern world.
This comprehensive book examines the key issues of faith as it exists today. Filled with full-color photographs and illustrations, it explores the beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of the major religions, and discusses the differences within, as well as between, the faiths. The main branches and divisions of each religion are covered as thoroughly as possible, and the authors have made a point of including the central stories from each faith. Written by a team of renowned religious scholars, Religions of the World, Revised Edition is an ideal introduction to the many faiths around the world today.
This thoroughly updated and revised edition includes an updated introduction, updates to all statistical information, and new photographs and illustrations. The “Modern Developments” section of each chapter has been revised to include recent developments to each religion. The final section of the book, “Faith in the Future,” has been updated to reflect recent events.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Tables and information boxes. Charts.
About the Author(s)
Elizabeth Breuilly holds a B.A. degree in Language from the University of York in England and has written extensively on religion.
Joanne O'Brien studied comparative religion and ancient Near Eastern religions at the University of Manchester in England, and holds an M.A. degree in theology. She has written a wide range of books that explore relationships between faiths and between religion and secular society.
Martin Palmer studied theology at the University of Cambridge in England, specializing in Chinese and Japanese studies, and holds an M.A. He founded ICOREC, the International Consultancy on Religion, Education & Culture, in 1983.
Consultant Editor Martin E. Marty is one of the foremost authorities and writers on religion in North America today. He is the Fairfax M. Cone Professor of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago.