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Macmillan Information Now Encyclopedia of World Religions

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Macmillan Information Now Encyclopedia of World Religions
Selections from the First Edition of the Sixteen-Volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion

Here you will find exciting articles about the diverse religions of our planet.  Discover vivid descriptions of different liturgies, scriptures, founders, and customs organized in a convenient A-to-Z format.  World Religions is an easy-to-follow one-volume encyclopedia that explores the wide diversity of world faith and religion. 

This volume extracts the essential articles from the larger Encyclopedia of Religion, providing a concise version of one of the most honored reference works of all time. The selection of articles reflects the global and multidisciplinary nature of the comprehensive edition, and includes a full index and bibliographies.

Here are just some of the many articles in this volume:

African Religions, Alchemy, Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Angels, Australian Religions, Buddhism, Celtic Religion, Christianity, Demons, Egyptian Religion, Freemasons, Gnosticism, Hawaiian Religion, Hellenistic Religions, Hinduism, Immortality, Inca Religion, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Korean Religion, Maori Religion, Miracles, Mormonism, Moses, Mysticism, North American Indian Religions, Occultism, Oceanic Religions, Papacy, Prehistoric Religions, Quakers, Reincarnation, Resurrection, Roman Catholicism, Satan, Shinto, Slavic Religion, Sufism, Tantrism,  Tibetan Religions, Underworld, Vedanta, Voodoo, Witchcraft, Yoga, Zen ....

This compendium is a handy desk reference written by dozens of noted religious scholars.

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Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions

 

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions
Wendy Doniger, Consulting Editor.

"Merriam-Webster has put together a marvelous one-volume desktop encyclopedia on world religions. The editors have emphasized comprehensiveness (over 3500 articles) and clarity of writing--and added to these a dispassionate, nonjudgmental, and nonproselytizing reporting of religious concepts, movements, figures, divinities, and sacred sites. Edited and written by eminent scholars, this is a portable, authoritative source. Heavily cross referenced, it also includes a handy pronunciation guide, useful for pronouncing non-English words."

Prepared by the editors of Merriam-Webster and Encyclopaedia Britannica, with the assistance of hundreds of scholars and experts, this volume provides coverage of all religions, including a wide array of religious movements and major religions, both living and ancient.

Includes 600  illustrations and 32 pages of full-color artwork and maps.

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The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

 

This dictionary contains 8,200 alphabetical entries penned by some eighty contributors from around the world, representing the full spectrum of religious experience.

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
Edited by John Bowker

In The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, readers have at their fingertips a gold mine of information on religions, movements, and cults around the globe and across the centuries.

Here are 8,200 alphabetical entries penned by some eighty contributors from around the world, representing the full spectrum of religious experience. Readers will find information on

Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and much more
Movements, Sects, and Cults: Over 500 entries on everything from Cargo Cults and the New Age movement
       to Rastafarians and Soka Gakkai
Sacred Texts: Over 1,000 entries covering the sacred writings of religions worldwide
Individuals: Including founders, leaders, gurus, philosophers, mystics, and heretics
Sacred Sites: Cities, buildings, centers of pilgrimage
Customs: Religious practices, dogmas, beliefs, traditions, festivals and fasts, and artifacts such as altars, rosaries,
       icons, torah ornaments, and much more
Ethics: Entries cover world-wide religious teachings on abortion, animals, birth control, war, sexuality and homosexuality, and suicide
General Topics: Aspects relevant to all religions, such as prayer, asceticism, cosmology, art and architecture, music and dance

In addition, the Dictionary features a 13,000-item topical index, directing readers to subjects that might not have their own entries, such as Brahman, breathing, death, heavens and paradises, mandala, mantra and yantra, Sufism, yoga, and Zen practice. There is also a detailed system of cross-references so that readers can explore related topics in the book, and suggestions for further reading for those who wish to pursue a subject in greater depth.

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is the definitive reference work on this subject, the most comprehensive and authoritative one-volume resource available. It is the first place to turn for information on virtually any aspect of religion worldwide.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is also available.  This is an abridged version of the above Oxford Dictionary of World ReligionsBuy from Amazon.com  


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