Book Review: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World

A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World
By James A Beverley

What am I going to do with this book was the thought that popped into my head when I first laid eyes on this 850 page book. Surprisingly, the book was an easy read, with plenty of information, in layman’s terms and not high-church language. The introduction sets the groundwork that included questions as to why this book was written, a list of ways that a Christian should relate to those of other religions as well as defining the Christian faith to be used as a metric. The introduction also draws a picture as to what assumptions should be made, tools like Tests for Truth in Religion, what really constitutes a cult, as well as what Beverley believes to be the Christian misuse of the word cult when applied to some religions.

The information is interesting; the language is clear and unencumbered with theological words and keeps to the point. It was easy to stay with the book, move from chapter to chapter and section to section. Information provided included timelines, principals when it comes to founders and those currently in charge, branches, originations, criticisms and pros from other sources. For further study, recommendation of websites and books that are academic, that have both favorable and critical favorable, critical and recommended for learning more about any particular religion being

A book well conceived, well constructed and well written.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on July 31, 2009.

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