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Religion is a term that is often used in the media and public life without any clarification. However, it is a word that encompasses hundreds of different beliefs. It is a loaded word that has a different meaning for every person; religion can be seen as a source of war and peace, love and hate, dialogue and narrow-mindedness.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by New Internationalist (first published 2010)
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Lucy Whitaker
Oct 19, 2015 Lucy Whitaker rated it really liked it
* would rate 4.5 if I could. It feels unfair to give it a four but I'm holding back from five.

Excellent quality and breadth for such a small book. Definitely worth reading for anyone who has strong opinions on religion or is interested in some common themes / characteristics. Every debate is presented in a way that is so balanced I don't think I would be able to tell the author's own beliefs if the person who gave me the book hadn't told me about him. The highlight for me was the discussion of
Jan 30, 2013 Kinga rated it really liked it
This book is a concise explanation of religion and the role it plays in today's society. It contains brief descriptions of the major religions in the world (including Jainism and Baha'ism), which are detailed enough to get some understanding of the underlying beliefs of each. The author then goes on to explore religion as a tool of studying the truth, the influence of religion on power and opression, the role of religion in resistance and uprisings, religious freedom and the role that religion o ...more
Nicole Froio
Nov 14, 2015 Nicole Froio rated it it was ok
Quite dry, but for a good reason. It's pretty much what the title says it is!
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An extremely unusual book. It details many different faiths and puts forward in a concise and clear way, the core beliefs and traditions of each. This is an amazing feat considering it is such a neat, small little book and I was very impressed. I will definitely be using it as a reference guide for future use and it has inspired me to find further reading on this subject which previously was of little interest to me.

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Looks at religion within its social and political contexts.
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“to ask simply whether religion is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is to miss the point. Religion serves as a reason for war and peace, love and hatred, dialogue and narrow-mindedness. Religion can be used for many purposes, just as science can be used to develop life-saving vaccines or to build sophisticated weaponry. We may as well ask whether science is a good or bad thing, or cookery, poetry or politics. The ‘goodness’ or ‘badness’ of religion depends on the ways in which it is used, applied and lived out.” 0 likes
“the Christian bishop Gregory of Nyssa (331-395) argued that it was as acceptable to call God either ‘mother’ or ‘father’, insisting that: ‘Both terms mean the same, because the divine is neither male nor female’.6” 0 likes
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