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1 Aug 2013 Big Ideas Simply Explained

An innovative and accessible guide to the world's religions

The Religions Book clearly explains the key concepts behind the earliest religious beliefs right up to the world's newest faiths, getting to the heart of what it means to believe. Principles of the five main world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - as well as ancient and primal belief systems are explored in this informative tome.

All the big ideas are simply explained with jargon-free descriptions, step-by-step diagrams, and witty illustrations that encapsulate every aspect of religious thinking. Examine major historical developments and ideas with a universal timeline, providing a global perspective on the origins and major events that have contributed to the growth and spread of religion and spirituality. Along with the teaching highlights of pre-eminent figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Saint Paul, and Al-Ghazali, you'll also find a handy reference section featuring a glossary of religious terms and a roadmap to all the branches of the major faiths and the points of doctrine or tradition on which they differ. Modern alternative religions and spiritual beliefs from around the world are also explored, putting into context the political and social climates from which they emerged.

The Religions Book provides compelling, accessible information perfect for students of religious study or anyone interested in the ideas of ancient and present day faiths and religious philosophies.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409324915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409324911
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 20 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Religions Book 1 Feb 2014
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This is a well-written and informative book covering a range of religions and faith cultures. It is a great supplement to the other books in the series, which we bought for our son's GCSE study.
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I cannot commend this book enough. I bought it as a cheap pot shot at something that would summerise and consolidate a far reaching and complex topic.It is very well presented and makes enjoyable reading with thoughtful illustrations and images. Absolutely no bias and attempts to acknowledge past and present accross the world.

A colourful order applied to what can often be an tangled web of complexity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of Religion 27 Jun 2014
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I bought this book as I felt my overall knowledge of religion was somewhat lacking – trying to find the right book is difficult? I wanted to be better informed but not an expert. So a decent overview is what I was looking for.
This ‘DK’ book is just perfect in my opinion. It is absolutely packed with detail on all of the major religions, starting from ‘tribal’ religions some 3,000 years before Christ, right up to the ‘modern’ religions of the 20th century. Obviously the likes of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam & Judaism get the most print time but I have learned so much from this excellent book. There are so many interesting facts about the religions from all over the world, their roots, their leaders / Gurus, Gods/ deities etc. that I found the read immensely satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present 27 Jan 2014
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My so owns most of the books in this series and finds them very informative and interesting. A good buy.
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