Understanding Religion

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
Following Isms: Understanding Art and Isms: Understanding Architecture comes a handy visual guide that offers synopses of the religions of the world and highlights their artistic and architectural manifestations. This one-stop resource to understanding human spiritual belief is organized into familiar groupings (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), each of which is then further broken down into individual sects, denominations, or branches-in short, the "isms." Each ism gets a two-page spread that distills the basic tenets of the creed, identifies how it differs from other religions, highlights important historical figures (from popes to prophets and political or cultural notables) associated with the ism. In any culture, religion has always inspired art, architecture, and design. Each religion featured here is illustrated by the outstanding aesthetic achievements for which it is known, and it concludes with a helpful timeline that puts all the religions included into chronological context.

Baker & Taylor
An informative overview of the broad spectrum of human spiritual beliefs takes a close-up look at the world's great religions--Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and more--as well as individual sects, branches, and denominations, discussing fundamental tenets and creeds, rituals, how they are similar or different from other religions, key historical figures, and other topics. Original.

Book News
Gabriel (emeritus theology and religious studies, U. of Gloucestershire) and Geaves (religious studies and theology, U. of Chester) outline briefly the ritual and material dimensions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and South Asian religions, vernacular religions, and regional religions. Each denomination or sect within the larger religions is allotted a double page with color photographs. There is no index. Universe Publishing is an imprint of Rizzoli. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York, NY : Universe, 2007
ISBN: 9780789315304
Branch Call Number: 200 GAB
Characteristics: 160 p. : col. ill., maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Geaves, Ron
Alternative Title: Understanding religions


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