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Part 3 of 3:

Introduction to the religions of the world:

Inclusive web sites. Books on world religions.
Find a faith group that matches your beliefs.
A final recommendation. Disclaimer.

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This topic is a continuation of the previous essay

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Links to more specific web sites and books:

Web sites:

  • ReligionFacts provides provides free, objective information on religion, world religions, comparative religion and other religious topics.

  • Logo The Pluralism Project at Harvard University document "... the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, and study the impact of religious diversity in civic life." See: http://www.pluralism.org/

  • Ernest Valea has created a web site to provide "A comparative analysis of the major world religions from a Christian perspective." He compares various religions' teaching on ultimate reality, the human condition, salvation, the nature of evil, etc. See: http://www.comparativereligion.com/

  • "The Comparative Study of Religion" is a blog by Professor Arvind Sharma at McGill University that deals with comparative religion and religious tolerance. See: http://comparativestudyofreligion.wordpress.com/

  • A group of essays prepared by Sociology classes at the University of Virginia lists many unusual faith groups. This is archived at: http://web.archive.org and is currently being migrated to the University of Waterloo. The new editor-in-chief is Douglas E. Cowan.

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Books on world religions:

  • book cover John Bowker, "World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained," DK; Reprint edition (2006). Paperback and Library Binding. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. It received a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 by 99 reviewers.  

  • book cover Tim Cooke, Ed, "National Geographic Concise History of World Religions: An Illustrated Time Line," National Geographic; (2011). Hardcover format. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. It received a rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 by 15 reviewers.  

  • book cover Stephen Prothero, "God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World -- and Why Their Differences Matter," HarperCollins. (2010). Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle eBook formats. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. It received a rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 by 180 reviewers.

  • book cover John Renard, "The handy religion answer book," Second edition, Visible Ink Press, 2012. Read reviews or order this book from Amazon.com Paperback and Kindle eBook formats. The book compares and contrasts Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. It received a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 by six reviewers.  

  • book cover Houston Smith, "The World's Religions," HarperCollins, (2009). It "... provides sympathetic descriptions of the various traditions, explaining how they work 'from the inside'." Sales have exceeded 2 million copies! Read reviews or order this book from Amazon.com. Paperback and Kindle eBook formats. It received a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 by 178 reviewers.

  • book cover U.S. Army, "Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains," was published in paperback format during 2001 for chaplains by the U.S. Department of the Army. It was republished in Kindle format during 2013. It describes dozens of faith groups: Christian, Islamic, Japanese, Jewish, Wicca, Satanism, Sikh, etc. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com. Paperback and Kindle eBook formats. It received a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 by three reviewers.  

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