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2016 Mini-Challenges > March Dewey Decimal Challenge

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Joanna | 708 comments Mod
What do Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and all the other world religions have in common? They are the subject of our next main Dewey class! The 200s (200 to 299) is the Religion section. Here you can find books about and from all kinds of religions, both western and eastern.

This is also the time to address one of the major downfalls of the Dewey Decimal system. Because it was created in the 1800s, it has an over focus on the West- history, religion, culture, etc. You will notice that the bulk of the 200s is about Christianity- it takes up sections 220 to 289. All other religions are regulated to sections 290 to 299. Is it fair? Absolutely not. This is one of the issues that the Library of Congress system tries to address. Dewey's unbalanced focus has also led some librarians to wonder if it's time to create a whole new system of ordering. Until that day, though, we have to work with what we have and ensure that our collections remain as balanced as possible.

Now that our little history lesson is over, take a look at some of these interesting subsections:

* 205- Religious Ethics
* 211- Concepts of God
* 215- Science and Religion
* 218- Humankind
* 220- The Bible
* 234- Salvation and Grace
* 248- Christian experience, practice & life
* 270- History of Christianity & Christian church
* 280- Christian denominations & sects
* 292- Greek and Roman Religion
* 293- Germanic Religion
* 294- Religions of Indic origin
* 294.3- Buddhism
* 296- Judaism
* 297- Islam
* 299- Religions not provided for elsewhere


message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (ann-fracturedfiction) | 450 comments In an odd coincidence, one of the NookBooks that I found on their under 2.99 page and have started reading is The Templars: The History and The Myth by Michael Haag. It's been very interesting so far, began with the history of the middle east long before the Templars were created.
The Templars History & Myth by Michael Haag


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