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A Spectator's Guide to World Religions: An Introduction to the Big Five (Spectator's Guides)

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Around the world people are worshipping, praying, believing, following, even dying for their faith. But are all faiths the same? Are their beliefs and practices simply cultural expressions of the same spiritual longings? In this timely book, John Dickson carefully outlines the history, belief systems, and spiritual practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Lion Books
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David Sarkies
Nov 21, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Know Nothing about religion
Recommended to David by: My Church
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Not All Religions are the Same
20 August 2011

The one thing that I really liked about this book was that despite it being written by a Christian, it was incredibly objective (though it is difficult to be objective with Christianity when one is a Christian). A lot of books on religions that I have read, that have been written by Christians, tend to pretty much bag the other religions and then really talk up Christianity. Dickson doesn't do this, rather he tries an objective approach so that those
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Jen
Mar 30, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book's simple structure and overview of the major religions. If one is looking to really study or learn in detail about any one religion, they should probably skip this book. It's a broad overview that gave me enough insight on each religion and the major differences between them to then decide whether I'm interested in pursuing further knowledge on a particular one (and I am.)

I thought the author did a good job of being objective in relation to each religion and stayed away from
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Sep 15, 2011 Any Length rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the unbiased view of world religions. John proved that although a Christian himself, he is able to set his own beliefs aside and provide an untainted description of what the other religions are about, their beliefs, their practises, their ideas. And not from a stand point of Christianity, but from a neutral point. Giving each religion their own space.
He proved to me that to say: "all religions are really the same" is not a true statement and to say it is doing a disservice to al
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Lana
Jun 28, 2015 Lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, bedroom
This is a good first introduction to some of the major (by number of followers) world religions. It does not teach you everything (it is a slim volume), but it gives a more than basic overview of 5 major religions.

It has provided me with some information I did not know and peaked my interest to explore individual books on several of the world’s religions. I had extremely little knowledge of some of the religions before reading this book.

The author is up front about his views and own religion a
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Laura Buchanan
Jul 29, 2016 Laura Buchanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...perhaps society's keenness to affirm all religious viewpoints stems, in part, from an aversion to having to think too deeply about any one of them. Put another way, the 'all roads lead to Rome' view of spirituality can be simply a way of justifying our own unwillingness to look down any of the roads." John Dickson

"An open mind is like an open mouth: its purpose is to bite on something nourishing. Otherwise, it becomes like a sewer, accepting everything, rejecting nothing." GK Chesterton
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John focuses on the big ideas that have shaped our world.

His journey is an eclectic one. Starting out as a singer-songwriter, he now works as a writer, speaker, historian of religion (focusing on early Christianity and Judaism), media presenter, Anglican minister, and director of a multi-media think tank.

With an honours degree in theology from Moore Theological College Sydney, and a PhD in history
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