Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions" by James A. Beverley

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This huge hardback book is as the subtitle states "a comprehensive introduction to the religions of the world". From a Christian perspective, it introduces the reader to the history and evolution of the prevalent religions we see today. Each entry also includes some questions and answers and Internet sources for further information. The religions included are Baha'i, Branch Davidians, Buddhism, Christian Science, Christian Sectarian Groups, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Mormonism, The New Age, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Satanism, Scientology, Sikhism, Unification Church, and Witchcraft.

I really enjoyed reading this book, though it did take me quite a while to get through. It is quite lengthy (over 700 pages) and is not just a light read. It's a great resource to keep on hand when meeting people of a different religion and then being able to fully understand what they believe. The fact that it is written from a Christian perspective makes it my choice of a resource like this for our family. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in becoming of aware of what other religions/cults believe (for evangelistic purposes), but mostly just as a good resource to have on the bookshelf to refer to.

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