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This exceedingly comprehensible survey of the modern religious world explores the development, doctrines, and practices of today's major faiths. "Living Religions" delves the traditional as well as the new religious movements. Looks at historical and contemporary beliefs, allowing the reader to see how different religions have unfolded throughout time. Contains expanded ...more
Paperback, 485 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Prentice Hall
(first published December 1st 1990)
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Pretty much my favorite textbook of all time. Beautifully written, respectful of all faiths, and provides a balanced overview of the history surrounding religious controversy. I love this book so much more than the course it's assigned to. Legitimately useful reading all on its own.
This is a good primer for various world religions, though further research into many of these, particularly the so-called "New Age" religions is cursory, at best. Still, it provides a good beginning for additional research. Zoroastrianism, which is considered the foundation for many religions, including Christiantiy, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and others, is hardly touched upon, which I found disappointing. Religions discussed in the most detail were Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
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Nov 18, 2013 Brett Marko rated it liked it · review of another edition
I found the book to be simplistic and written to the lowest common denominator of student. It reminded me of a high school level textbook. It did fairly treat most of the world religions but was a bit suspect with Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It's a survey book and in that purpose was fair in quality in its attempt to introduce world religions. I didn't care for it as an introduction to world religions in a masters level seminary class.
Jun 13, 2013 Matthew Jackson rated it did not like it
There's obviously a lot of info in this book, which I used as the required (by the university) text for a class on World Religions. It's terribly written, poorly organized, choppy, contained blatant errors, and was a very difficult book to use because of the very sub par quality. I would not recommend it at all.
Jan 16, 2010 Dan Glover rated it it was ok
Deals with the world's major religions but not from a Christian perspective. Her treatment of Christianity makes one realize that her estimate of world religions is as an outsider to them and not as one who truly grasps their teachings with any depth. Still, it was informative.
Mary Pat Fisher is an author, her books include the inspirational book Heart of Gold: The Light Within Life and Living religions : an encyclopedia of the world's faiths. Fisher lives in the Gobind Sadan a interfaith community in India, founded by Baba Virsa Singh.More about Mary Pat Fisher...