Understanding the Religions of the World: An Introduction

Download Understanding the Religions of the World: An Introduction written by Willoughby Deming in PDF format. This book is under the category Religions and bearing the isbn/isbn13 number 111876756X/9781118767566. You may reffer the table below for additional details of the book.


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Willoughby Deming






508 pages









Book Description

Understanding the Religions of the World is a PDF that offers a fresh perspective on the study of religion, one that departs from the merely descriptive and instead focuses on assisting students in comprehending how religions truly ‘function.’ Understanding the Religions of the World. It incorporates historical context, modern beliefs and practices, and original thinking, and it covers all of the major faith traditions. Additionally, it has a number of study features and helpful overviews.



  • A important new textbook written with students in mind that focuses on the present rituals and beliefs of many religions from across the world
  • combines the original idea with the argument that each religion functions in accordance with its own order and logic, and that these religions provide our need for a point of orientation in our lives.
  • Provides a coverage of religious traditions that is unmatched in its breadth and depth, including the religions of Oceania and African religions, which are rarely discussed in great depth elsewhere; brings together a group of specialists to do so.



Our world is in desperate need of a broader understanding of the multitude of religions that have existed throughout history and continue to exist today. This is made abundantly clear by the headlines that appear in our daily news. College students and professors will find the methodology and the resources in Understanding the Religions of the World to be helpful aids in their efforts to address the challenges of understanding religions from the inside out. — Charles Hallisey and the University of Harvard

“In today’s modern society, the discussion of religion is an important one. To have a working knowledge of the principles of the world’s faiths is to have access to the teachings of some of the finest thinkers who have ever lived on some of the topics that are most significant to all people everywhere. To become familiar with the history of the human race and to see where it has come from, one must first become knowledgeable about the history of the prominent religious traditions. And by familiarizing oneself with the doctrines of these various religious traditions, one can become a citizen of the world and get a glimpse of where our species may be headed in the near future. But can somebody point me in the direction of a good resource that covers this vital topic? The solution is now abundantly obvious. Within this digital book!” — Erik W. Larson; University of Florida, International ​

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