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An objective guide to modern-day faiths explores the beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of major faiths and covers the main branches and divisions of each religion, all accompanied by photographs and illustrations.
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Elizabeth Breuilly holds a B.A. in language from the University of York in England, and has written extensively on religion. Joanne O'Brien studied comparative religion and ancient Near Eastern religions at the University of Manchester in England, and holds an M.A. degree in theology. She has written a wide range of books that explore both relationships between faiths and between religion and secular society. Martin Palmer studied theology at the University of Cambridge in England, specializing in Chinese and Japanese studies, and holds an M.A. He founded ICOREC, the International Consultancy on Religion, Education & Culture, in 1983. Consultant Editor Martin E. Marty is the foremost authority and writer on religion in North America today. He is the Fairfax M. Cone Professor of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up–This book, originally published in 1997, has been revised–essentially, according to the authors, because of the rapidly changing role, status and place of religion. However, the alterations are so minor that they are virtually unnoticeable. Only the final page, Faith in the Future, has been entirely rewritten–but the earlier material is still perfectly valid. And, unfortunately, the new edition is inconsistent in updating statistics. The membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still given as about five million worldwide when it is well over 12 million. Figures in the sections on Hinduism and Jainism contradict other areas of the book; Sikhism quotes numbers from 1993, and Islam uses a 1996 calendar. Such sloppiness detracts from the books usefulness and questions its necessity. Religions is a valuable resource, covering the beliefs and practices of 10 major religions and lavishly illustrated with color photos, maps, diagrams, and charts; but libraries owning the earlier edition need not replace it.–Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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