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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  158 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This comprehensive yet concise book makes a reader-friendly introduction to World Religions-ideal for those with no previous exposure to Religious Studies or the study of religion more generally. Offering accurate, comparative descriptions of religions, it gives background material on religious theory and study, while exploring the historical and cultural factors. This boo ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published July 16th 2006 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1979)
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I was given this book to read by one of my students a few years ago. I was reluctant to read the section about my religion as I felt that it would likely trash my religion and my culture. I was very relieved to see how it really highlighted the positive aspects of every religion as if each part of it was written by an advocate of the respective religion it was describing. I have a lot of respect for that since religion is a sensitive issue and there is no value in highlighting the differences be ...more
Luis Branco
I have enjoyed reading this book and learned many things especially about the Native American Religions and also of the African Religions. The way the book is written is easy to read and I found very interesting the inclusion in the whole book sections "From the Source". It was very interesting also to learn about the Zoroastrianism, especially after a long time outside of India where I served as missionary.

I would point as a weakness to the book the lack of more information about Latin American
Avigdor Qian
Each time I encounter an new religion, I refer to it. Even the religion I familiar with, I am always find something new and something deeper than my previous knowledge.
Sep 02, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I have been using Hopfe's book since the fourth edition, and I have found it to be very useful and reliable in my classes. The book shows an awareness of the nuances relevant to the various topics (including definition, contra the claim by a previous reviewer who didn't seem to read past the first page) and Woodward's updating and website keep the book up to date. Yes, the glossary could be more extensive, but I tend to work from the book and not just within the confines of the book (as I'm sure ...more
Jacob Savage
Aug 14, 2007 Jacob Savage rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Christian looking to explore a basic understanding of the other major beliefs in the world.
This book was a great help as far as understanding the basics of other religions. It helped me come to understand how people can take an idea and run with it when it comes to their view of religion; by revealing the corrupt history of many religions and their impacts on different societies and cultures. I read the book as a part of my World Religions course during my Junior year in high school and it was a good complement to the course.
Al Gritten
A good general survey text for world religions. It has even handed coverage and a balanced approach to religion, covering the major religions in a very broad and general sense. As I said, it is an overview, intended for use in undergrad courses. I have read other books by Hopfe, the lead author, and find him to be both knowledgeable and thorough in his coverage.
A very well written text on several of the major religions. It's broken into regions and offers maps and snippets of scared text to illustrate the information. Information not only is given on the formation of the religion and it's founder but on the history of its beginnings and on to present times as well as someof it's major festivals and holidays.
Tim Morris
Jul 28, 2007 Tim Morris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who aint close-minded
Outstanding, comprehensive work of the major world religions. Excellent non-assuming, non-intrusive style of writing as well. PLEASE read this and expand your horizons.
It was one of my textbooks for a year long course in World Religions. There was some inaccurate information, but the text is fairly easy to read, not too dry.
Really good book for getting a basic understanding of other religions
had some boring parts but pretty educational
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