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General books about the world religions
||The World's Religions|
Excellent book discussing the origins and philosophies of the major world religions with one chapter devoted to each religion. Smith attempts to show each religion at its best and is more concerned with the founding principals of the religions than any mistakes their believers may have made. Chapters cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Primal religions. Newly updated in a 50th anniversary edition.
||The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions|
A light version of the Houston's classic that is now lavishly illustrated. Smith onducts readers on a whirlwind tour of the beliefs, practices and experiences of the world's religious traditions and explores the major features of these religions by combining his own worlds with passages from the sacred texts of each.
||The World's Wisdom : Sacred Texts of the World's Religions|
Compendium of sacred texts of the religions of the world, written as a companion for Huston Smith's classic The World's Religions. Chapters cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Primal religions.
||Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals|
Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O'Brian, Martin E. Marty and Martin Palmer
Illustrated color guide to the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh and Baha'i religions.
||World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained|
Easy to follow religious information annotated with expressive artwork including icons, paintings, and sculptures to illuminate their theologies and deepen one's insight.
||Forgotten Truth : The Common Vision of the World's Religions|
Huston's companion volume to The World's Religions which stresses the unity that underlies the world's religions.
||The Complete Idiot's Guide to World Religions|
Answers to today's questions about both major and lesser-known religions and beliefs. Each of five parts, one for every major religion, discusses history, rituals, celebrations, holy documents, deities, and structure.
||A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam|
Historical survey of the great monotheistic religions by one of Britain's foremost commentators on religion. Proposes that the definition of God is constantly changed based on the practical concerns of life rather than by mystical mandates. Shows how Judaism, Christianity and Islam have influenced each other's development throughout history.
||A World Religions Reader|
Ian Markham (Editor)
Written for use in an Introduction to Religions class, this book attempts to 'convert' the reader to each of the world's major religions by guiding you through some of the original texts of each religion. Is also an excellent book for people interested in religion who want a taste of the teachings of the religions straight from their important texts without having to wade in completely.
||World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts|
Demonstrating the commonality of the world's religions and our common humanity, this rich and varied anthology of scripture offers a highly useful collection of religious quotations, passages, and excerpts from the holy texts, representing a new, holistic approach to the world's religions. Passages from the holy books of every major and most minor religions are represented here and grouped side by side by topic for quick comparison.
||Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion|
Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber, Franz-Karl Ehrhard and Kurt Friedrichs
Encyclopedic reference work with 4,000 entries on the teachers, traditions and literature of Buddhism, Taoism, Zen and Hinduism compiled by experts in the fields. Indispensible and affordable reference work for anyone interested in Eastern wisdom.
||The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Religions|
Chris Richards (Editor)
An illustrated color encyclopedia which covers the world's major religions in detail and with material on several smaller faiths.
||Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions|
Interfaith compilation of assorted verses affirming similar principles, e.g., the Golden Rule. The book covers 28 principles in all.
||The Elements of World Religions|
Concise guide to the origins, beliefs, scripture, doctrine and rituals of a wide range of the world's faiths including even the Pan African and North American religions.