Religion: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

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This innovative study proves to the heart of religion, examining issues from the origins of religious belief to life after death.

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Martin Forward is currently the Helena Wackerlin Professor of Religious Studies at Aurora University, Illinois, and Executive Director of its Center for Faith and Action. He is an ordained Methodist minister, is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, and is an acknowledged expert in contemporary religious studies.

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