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Our recommended book for 2020-DEC: Selection for 2020-DEC: "Religious Tolerance: A History" by Prof. Arvind Sharma Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store U.S. $9.12 in Kindle format!, or $19.75 in hardcover plus postage. Amazon book review: Prof. Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The profile of religion in the public sphere is increasing around the world. Few believe any more that religion as a feature of human existence will fade away in due course, to be replaced by a purely rational approach to life. In a multi-religious country such as India, faith was hardly thought of as a private matter. But it was hoped that it would at least be possible to exclude it from public life in a secular state that it would become primarily a matter of personal concern, like one's interest in art or music. But this has not happened. Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided. Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book the first of its kind in scope and ambitionOur recommended book for 2020-DEC: Selection for 2020-DEC: "Religious Tolerance: A History" by Prof. Arvind Sharma Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store U.S. $9.12 in Kindle format!, or $19.75 in hardcover plus postage. Amazon book review: Prof. Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The profile of religion in the public sphere is increasing around the world. Few believe any more that religion as a feature of human existence will fade away in due course, to be replaced by a purely rational approach to life. In a multi-religious country such as India, faith was hardly thought of as a private matter. But it was hoped that it would at least be possible to exclude it from public life in a secular state that it would become primarily a matter of personal concern, like one's interest in art or music. But this has not happened. Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided. Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book the first of its kind in scope and ambition


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Recommended book for 2021-APRIL

"Religious Tolerance: A History" by Prof. Arvind Sharma

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $9.12 in Kindle format, or
$19.75 in hardcover
plus postage!
Kindle price is less than half that of the Hardcover version, and you don't have to build bookshelves!

Amazon book review:

Prof. Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in Canada.

The profile of religion in the public sphere is increasing around the world. Few believe any more that religion as a feature of human existence will fade away in due course, to be replaced by a purely rational approach to life. In a multi-religious country such as India, faith was hardly thought of as a private matter. But it was hoped that it would at least be possible to exclude it from public life in a secular state that it would become primarily a matter of personal concern, like one's interest in art or music. But this has not happened. Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided.

Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book -- the first of its kind in scope and ambition.

New and significantly revised articles during 2021-APR:

projessay.htm New essays that we plan to add to this web site.
int_rel34.htm Web sites that discuss Internet safety, addiction, mental & physical health, therapy, etc.
rel_coun2.htm Religious makeup of countries whose name starts N to Z.
chr_prac2.htm How American adults view their religion.

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New and significantly revised articles: 2021-January to March inclusive:

This web site has many newly created, re-written, or significantly updated articles so far during 2020-JAN, including the above book review. The number is fewer than normal because the webmaster has been ill.

Federal judge orders the DACA program to be restored

Washington Post conducts a public opinion poll among some very reluctant congressional Republicans:

Proof #28 that the Earth is not flat: Japanese students conduct an experiment

The worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Part 11

U.S. Supreme Court broadens transgender students' school rights

Hungary amends its federal constitution to ban same-sex marriages

Argentina allows women to choose to have to have an abortion up to 14 weeks into pregnancy

Coronavirus-spread-13.htm

2020-presidential election. Former President Trump replaced with new President Biden

Deism -- belief in a creator God who left and is now not involved with humanity

Congressional House passes bill to help Dreamer immigrants

Evanston, IL, a suburb of Chicago. has created the first government reparations program for African Americans

Major Federal plan to reduce U.S. carbon emissions, boost the economy, etc. planned

Same Sex Marriage: forbidden in Jamaica.

More revised articles:

chr_futu.htm Predictions about the future of Christianity.
chrcarddoc.htm Cardinal doctrines shared by many Christians.
christ6.htm Christianity: its beliefs, creeds, heresies, history, practices, relics. statements, trends, etc.
columbia_01.htm The Columbia space ship tragedy.
rel_coun.htm The religious makeup of countries in the world.
positive-coronavirus.htm COVID-19: Developments from 2019-MAY to 2021-MAR.
coronavirus.htm Menu linked to articles on the Coronavirus pandemic.
coronavirus-spread-13.htm Part 13 of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020-NOV-23 to 2021-MAR-31.

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Recommended book for 2020-DEC:

"Religious Tolerance: A History" by Prof. Arvind Sharma

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $9.12 in Kindle format!, or
$19.75 in hardcover
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

Prof. Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

The profile of religion in the public sphere is increasing around the world. Few believe any more that religion as a feature of human existence will fade away in due course, to be replaced by a purely rational approach to life. In a multi-religious country such as India, faith was hardly thought of as a private matter. But it was hoped that it would at least be possible to exclude it from public life in a secular state that it would become primarily a matter of personal concern, like one's interest in art or music. But this has not happened. Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided.

Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book the first of its kind in scope and ambition.

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New and revised articles during December:

This web site has a few newly created, re-written, or significantly updated articles so far during 2020-DEC, including the above book review. The number is fewer than normal because the webmaster has been ill: I can only list a few here:

Federal judge orders the DACA program to be restored

Washington Post conducts a public opinion poll among some very reluctant congressional Republicans:

Proof #28 that the Earth is not flat: Japanese students conduct an experiment

The worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Part 11

U.S. Supreme Court broadens transgender students' school rights

Hungary amends its federal constitution to ban same-sex marriages

Argentina allows women to choose to have to have an abortion up to 14 weeks into pregnancy

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Recommended book for 2020-NOVEMBER:

"AYOUB: A Unifying Philosophy For All" by R. Andrew

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $9.99 in Kindle format!, or
$7.61 in Paperback
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

"THE PHILOSOPHY OF AYOUB logically and skillfully unifies various religious doctrines. It is an all-inclusive and peaceful philosophy that takes the hate out of religion and frees you to be your unique best.

Throughout the philosophy, Ayoub bravely asks and answers important questions such as: Would God help you if doing so would harm someone else? Will God grant prayers that ask for an advantage over others? Would God grant you material things?" Read more

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New and revised articles during November:

This web site has 12 newly created, re-written, or significantly updated articles so far during 2020-NOV, including the above book review:

President Trump 2020:

Part 33: 2020-late SEP to OCT: Biden-Trump televised debates. President Trump, his wife, and Senior Aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Part 34: 2020-NOV: Chaotic results of the U.S. Presidential election: Joseph Biden believes that he has won the election; President Trump is preparing to serve a second term. One of them must be wrong. According to the Constitution, Biden will be the next President. If several lawsuits by President Trump are successful, he may serve a second term.

Part 35: 2020-NOV: Biden accumulated 306 Electoral College votes (an almost certain win). President Trump refuses to concede!

Part 36: 2020-NOV: President Trump still expects to win the 2020 Presidential election. Trump lost support among conservative Christians. Judges reject Trump's lawsuits re: vote counting. Some public demonstrations become violent.

Part 37: Late 2020-NOV: Trump still expects to win election. Trump lost support among conservative Christians.
Judges reject Trump's lawsuits to reject the vote counts.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormons) severed its connection with all of the world's scouting groups.

Moderna says preliminary trial data show that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective

Sexual Abuse Claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America during 2020, causing bankruptcy.

Buddhism: Sources of Information and Objects

Spread of the Coronavirus during late 2020-September to now. (This article is being continually updated)

Artificial wombs for human fetuses

Inerrancy: Is the Bible free of errors?

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Recommended book for 2020-OCT:

"A Documentary History of Religion in America since 1877"

by Edwin S. Gaustad, Mark A. Noll, et al.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $36 in Kindle format, or
$16.04 in hardcover
plus postage.

Amazon book review: "Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. Few topics incite such passion as religion. What does that mean? Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

In Comparative Religion: Investigate the World through Religious Tradition, readers seek answers to these questions by comparing and contrasting the cultural, spiritual, and geographical underpinnings of five different religions. By developing a better understanding of the similarities and differences among religions of the world, readers gain a strong foothold in a dialogue that has continued for thousands of years.

Combining hands-on activities with theology, history, geography, world cultures, art, and architecture, Comparative Religion encourages deeper understanding of the worlds religions. Entertaining graphic art, fascinating sidebars, and links to primary sources bring the topic to life, while key questions reaffirm foundational concepts.

Activities include conducting an interview with a rabbi, comparing the story of Abraham and Isaac in three sacred texts, studying the architecture of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, studying the Hindu practice of yoga and meditation, and examining how religious doctrines shape the behavior of believers."

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This web site has dozens of newly created, re-written, or significantly updated essays so far during 2020-October, including the above book review: