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The Complete Idiot's Guide to World Religions (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) [Paperback]

Brandon Toropov , Father Luke Buckles
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3 May 2011 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
The updated guide to differences-and similarities-of faiths around the world.
In this revised and updated edition of the popular guide to the many faiths followed around the world, modern and ancient religions are extensively covered as well as New Thought religions. This edition also now features a chapter on Sikhism, more coverage of religious extremism in the 21st century, a new chapter on the afterlife, and additional online resources making it the most up-to-date volume available.
? Outdoes the competition with more chapters on current and ancient religions
? Appeals to students, theologists, and those generally interesting in religions around the world.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 4th edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161564069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640690
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esential reading for any study of religion 15 Sep 2011
By Susan D
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I so wish I had bought this book at the start of my OU Studying Religion course. It is superb in its content and provides an excellent overview of each religion. I would suggest it is suitable for anyone who wants to know mroe about religion or is studying religion. It was not as in depth as OU material(obviously) but put everything in a clear easy to read format. It made all of what I had read in study materials make sense and fall into place. A great revision guide.

The only thing that lets it down is its flimsy cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Notes version of religions 9 Aug 2011
By wogan
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This seems to be this era's version of Cliff Notes- the way many students have "learned" their subject matter for school. This can be a stepping stone to learning about the different world religions. There is little depth, especially in Christianity and the many Protestant variations. However as a guide and undemanding explanation it serves its' purpose.
There is little new in this more recent edition with the exception of information on religious extremism and also information on the afterlife- comparing Jewish, Christian. Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism`s beliefs on that subject.

Covered are comparisons of the major beliefs, some hints on learning about them and dealing with religions you are not familiar with in `real life' situations. The major religions included are; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Some information is also given concerning Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Sikhism, and some of the more ancient ways of worship of the Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans, Druids and Aztecs. Briefly mentioned are beliefs of Native Americans, African traditions, the mystics, Kabbalah, transcendental meditation, Baha`i, Rastafarianism. Questions are very simply answered concerning war, euthanasia and suicide.

This is merely a guide, it tries to keep a clear lightness in its' discussions , especially evident in an appendix section that gives quotes on religion by various people such as Woody Allen, Shakespeare, St. Augustine. Also in the appendix is a list of books for further study, brief timelines of the major religions, the names of God and a glossary and an index.
In total it is a beginner's text book, a brief secular touch upon a spiritual subject that will give a peek into different religions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the right level of depth 12 Nov 2011
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this is a very good introduction to world religions describing in enough detail
but not too much, easy to understand and a useful summary at the end of each chapter
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By Luke
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really good book. easy to read, well presented. good comparison of different world religions, and covers other important 'faith' topics
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellet 'easy going' study of world religions 4 Mar 2014
By Pete
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great book - interesting ideas on a number of religions. presented in a fun, easy to read, and informative manner; would recommend to people who want to get to know a little more about world religions.
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