This richly textured look at the world's religions explores the major elements, movement and beliefs within each. Granting equal standing to all, ancient religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Chinese & Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Native Religions are covered with innumerable photographs of practices, artifacts, religious symbols, and more. 210 pages, softcover.
A refreshing approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations to stunning illustrations provide intriguing insights into the worlds most important religionsoffering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each.
World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianismthe oldest "living" religionand the great faiths practiced today. Each of the major faithsChristianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islamis examined in detail through its sacred texts, epic imagery, key beliefs, and religious artifacts.
The distinctive identities of different faiths are explored in World Religions by studying the main principles and thinking of each religion. The books superb reproduction allows the symbolism and meaning in religious imagery and iconography to be revealed in great detail.
Accessible and far-reaching, World Religions will engage the whole family as much as the serious student.
John Bowker is a priest and religious studies scholar. His published works include God: A Brief History, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, Why Religions Matter, and The Sacred Neuron: The Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion. He studied at Oxford University and has taught at University of Pennsylvania and North Carolina State University.