This reference work examines the great faiths of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shinto and China's religious traditions. It tells how major religions began, and traces their development from their origins to the present day. The text explains doctrine and beliefs, elucidating sacred writings, and analyzing the roles of saints, missionaries and reformers. Individual features focus on temple architecture, death and the afterlife, the essential creeds, festivals, forms of worship and pilgrimages. The "Micropedia" details the smaller and lesser-known religions and movements that form part of today's spiritual mosaic. Consultant editor, Dr Peter B. Clarke is te author of "West Africa and Islam", "The New Evangelists" and "Islam".
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