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A Handbook of Living Religions

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 22nd 1991 by Penguin Books (first published March 28th 1985)
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Jan 14, 2012 David rated it liked it
This book has been sitting on my shelf for over 3 years now. I picked it up this morning to see if I could find if Buddhists could eat after midday. Whilst I didn't find the direct answer to that question, it 'enlightened' :) me enough to realise the answer is both yes and no. Anyway, I am very interested in history, religion, anthropology, sociology; anything that helps me understand who and what I am. I figure if each of us understood the mechanisms that created who we are, then perhaps we ...more
Erika RS
This is a books of essays on different religious traditions. It includes essays on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Chinese religions, Japanese religions, religions in primal societies, modern alternative religions in the west, and a case study on Baha'ism (yay for recitations of the table of contents!). Given the breadth of material, it can be expected that it does not have much depth. However, the book does give an excellent overview of the ...more
Gareth Hughes
Jan 21, 2012 Gareth Hughes rated it did not like it
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This is quite a little handbook, but flawed certainly. The text is peppered with little mistakes, and the quality of information about each religion is quite uneven. Verdict: take with salt.
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