- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Juvenile Books; Library Binding edition (14 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395623642
- ISBN-13: 978-0395623640
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of Religion Hardcover – 14 May 1997
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Introduces the history of religious belief and the practice of religion in the world today, illuminating the differences that make each religious group unique and the fundamental beliefs that all groups share.
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This book is a rarity in these times: a book that looks at the big picture, written in a clear, accessible but literate manner. It does not talk down to the reader- precocious 9's will enjoy it, but so will adults. It is a journey through the evolution of religion, from early concepts of powers beyond our own into increasingly structured and codified faiths. The summaries of the developments of the major world faiths of today are outstanding- they give a clear context and understanding in a very clear, succinct paragraphs. Illustrations in a variety of styles support and augment the text beautifully.
There are other books for teaching the specifics of different faiths, for every age range. This book paints a picture of how the religions of today developed, and makes a strong case for tolerance of understanding and respecting other paths to God/ Enlightenment/ Truth etc. Even the back cover quotes pitch in- I initially ignored them, assuming that they were the usual "this is a great book" blurbs, but instead they area fine selection of quotes from people as diverse as Frederick the Great and Thomas Paine.
If you are interested in a broader understanding of religion as a part of human society - for yourself or for your children- this is a great place to start. And you may just find some things that lift your faith in the world at the same time. This is a don't miss book for anybody who can accept the idea that there is more than one right answer.