Religions of the World

Madhu Bazaz Wangu
Tells the story of Buddhism's origins and its development into three major schools of thought, and presents the particular beliefs and practices of those schools of Buddhism that still flourish today.
John J. Dietzen
"In this question and answer compendium, topics encompassing many aspects of Catholic religious, practical, and moral life are discussed, including the Bible, the Mass and sacraments, divorce and remarriage, saints, attitudes toward other religions, and end of life issues. Since shortly after Vatican Council II, Father John J. Dietzen has been addressing questions about Catholicism in his weekly columns; these authoritative, comprehensive, and up to date answers about Catholic belief and life will inform and challenge practicing and lapsed Catholics, curious Christians, and others who wish to learn more about the Roman Catholic faith.

"Written in an engaging and warm pastoral style, this comprehensive reference avoids tedium while conveying concise information and covers many situations that are not addressed in the traditional Catechism. Areas where church teaching is silent are explored, and official church positions are explained in plain language. Hundreds of questions are drawn from years of ministry and counseling, while new queries have been added to address current trends and issues."

George Robinson

"This is a guide which tells you everything you need to know about being Jewish in a user-friendly way. It explains what Jews do, what they believe and why. The guide answers such questions as - What happens at a synagogue service? What do the prayers and rituals mean? What is the Jewish calendar? and many more. Looking at birth and circumcision, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and mourning, this guide illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage."

J. Philip Newell

"This overview of Celtic spirituality goes far beyond New Age considerations and even beyond the usual look at Irish saints. Instead Newell, former Warden of Scotland's Iona Community, explains Celtic spirituality itself -- its theology, its history, how it was overshadowed by the Roman sense of church, and how it has resurfaced as a deep, rich, vibrant way of life."

Yahiha Emerick
The book offers tips on Muslim culture, actual quotes from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and prominent scholars, and answers to questions regarding everyday life from the Muslim perspective.
Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. offers an account that demystifies Buddhism and explains its practices, teachings, and schools.
Huston Smith

"Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Emphasizing the inner--rather than the institutional--dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination."

Harold Kushner

Examines such key aspects of Judaism as the meaning of the Jewish holidays, how Jews regard Israel, and Jewish beliefs about God and human nature. By the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Stanley J. Grenz
In this book, the author presents the central tenets of the Christian faith clearly and concisely, answering the most commonly-asked questions: Why believe at all? Which God? Who is Jesus and what did he do? What am I searching for?
Jacob Neusner, editor

The textbook for high school or undergraduate courses was first published in 1994 and is revised here from the 2003 edition with new chapters on the Unification Church, New Thought, and women and religion in America. Previous material also been updated and rearranged into a more logical sequence of topics; timelines of important events and people have been added; and sidebars now describe key movements or controversies, contain personal accounts of believers, and cite print and electronic sources for further study. Contributors identified only by name cover Christian foundations, other Middle Eastern monotheistic traditions, recent arrivals from Asia, religions made or adapted in the US, and issues in American religion.