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Religions of the World (8th Edition) (original 1976; edition 2000)

by Lewis M. Hopfe, Mark R. Woodward

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Title:Religions of the World (8th Edition)
Authors:Lewis M. Hopfe
Other authors:Mark R. Woodward
Info:Prentice Hall (2000), Edition: 8, Paperback, 400 pages
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Religions of the World by Lewis M. Hopfe (1976)



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A very interesting read on world religions. Its a textbook, which greatly simplifies the religions being discussed. I wish there was more information on up and coming religions, such as Wicca. I also wish the African religions were discussed more. I thought too much time was devoted to Christianity and Judaism, although I found the history very enlightening.

One thing this book made me realize was just how organized and connected the ancient world was. Its amazing to think that Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe, and Western Asia all had trade routes and an exchange of ideas.

I found the discussion about the Baha'i faith very interesting - I'm always partial to a religion that thinks from the very begining, that all people are equal, including men and women. Also, a religion that emphasizes science is also quite amazing.

One thing, this is the fifth edition of the book printed in 1991. It still references the Soviet Union. Its a small distraction, and the world religions haven't changed much since than, so the book is still very relevant in today's world. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 21, 2012 |
Helpful detail to understanding people who may be your neighbors. Gives a general idea of what others believe; usually it is best to consider the source...just talk to a person of a different religion and find out for yourself what that individual believes and why...take this type of book with a grain of salt. ( )
  pre20cenbooks | Dec 18, 2010 |
Book Description: Glencoe Pub Co, 1979. Trade Paperback. Very Good . 8vo - over 7" - 9¾" tall. 368 pp., mild wear and soiling to covers & page edges, otherwise tight copy.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
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For introductory courses in World Religions.Widely adopted for its accessible style and comprehensive, yet concise, presentation, this best-selling introduction to world religions is ideal for students with no previous exposure to the subject. It offers accurate, comparative descriptions of a broad range of religions. In addition to background material on religious theory and study, this text explores living religions in terms of the historical and cultural factors that produced them, the lives of their founders, their basic teachings, and their historical development and current status in the world. Primary source readings with specific representative samples are provided in each chapter.

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