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A Brief Guide to Beliefs: Ideas, Theologies, Mysteries and Movements Paperback – 1 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (1 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664222595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664222598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,835,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“...A handy reference tool for anyone wishing to understand, in a critical but non-hostile mode, a particular religion they have encountered.” -- J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California

“A satisfying read for Religious Studies students, and an enlightening exploration of the phenomenon of religion for the general reader.” -- Wendy Dossett, Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter

“Edwards writes with the clarity of a teacher and with the care of a scholar.” -- Leslie J. Francis, Director, Welsh National Centre for Religious Education and Professor of Practical Theology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK


This introduction focuses on the contemporary fascination with the big questions about God and the supernatural, setting out clearly and fairly what people believe and the reasons they give for believing it. All the major faiths are covered, along with new and alternative movements associated with them. Space is also given to New Age, neo-pagana and occult thought, as well as to spiritualities of human potential and self-enhancement. This text should be especially helpful to students of religion and related subjects, and to geneal readers who want to know more about the most popular and influential beliefs in the world today.

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