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The Handy Religion Answer Book, Second Ed

The spiritual world we live in today is a diverse and sometimes highly individual mix of religious practices and beliefs. The physical world is a much smaller place, often secular in appearance but still very much fueled by religious beliefs and conflict in the name of God. The Handy Religion Answer Book provides solid descriptions of major beliefs and rituals worldwide, affording the reader an understanding of contemporary religion.

The book gives detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, membership, leaders, and organization of the world’s eight major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto.

This revised and updated edition contains answers to more than 1,000 questions, such as “What is the significance of the Star of David?” “How did so many different Christian churches come into being?” and “What is the importance of the month of Ramadan?” “What is an Ayatollah?” and “Do Taoists believe in heaven and hell?” as well as new questions concerning religion and violence and sub-organizations that claim affiliation with the major faith communities.