The Encyclopedia of World Religions

The Encyclopedia of World Religions

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Baker & Taylor
An in-depth guide to religions of the world covers such topics as ancient religions, Eastern religions, Christianity, new religious movements, comparative studies, and religion as a subject of study.

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"...unbiased and succinct...this is a fine ready-reference."—School Library Journal

" invaluable tool for any middle school or high school library...Highly recommended."—The Book Report

The Encyclopedia of World Religions, Revised Edition provides young adults with reliable, unbiased, and easy-to-use information on the world's religions, from ancient times to the present day. In about 600 entries—with 115 new to this edition&151this revised edition covers all the major and minor religions of the world, including the religions of the ancient world; the major religions practiced around the world today; religions of contemporary indigenous peoples; definitions of religious symbols and ideas; key leaders and thinkers; and terms and definitions.

The new entries and photographs broaden the encyclopedia's representation of current world events and the impact of those events on the world's religions. The book also covers religious fundamentalism—especially within Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism—and documents the burgeoning new religious movements in Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and the United States. All major entries now come with suggestions for further reading.

New entries include:
  • Al-Qaeda
  • Apocrypha
  • Biblical prophets
  • Christianity fundamentalism
  • Christianity in Latin America, Asia, and Africa
  • Fundamentalism (general)
  • Hamas
  • Hebrew scriptures
  • Hindu fundamentalism
  • Independent Christianity
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • Modern paganism
  • New Age movement
  • New religious movements in Africa
  • New religious movements in Brazil
  • New Testament
  • Politics and religion
  • UFO religions (e.g., Heaven's Gate).

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2007
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780816061419
Branch Call Number: BL80.3 .E54 2007
Characteristics: xii, 514 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: World religions


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