Books about major world religions

Book cover Eessential HinduismEssential Hinduism. Author Rosen, as editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies , is especially qualified in his highlighting of Vaishnavism, the most popular form of Hinduism, throughout. The book is made up of 13 chapters and is divided into two conceptual parts: “The Basis,” which focuses on Hinduism’s history and holy texts, and “The Practice,” which discusses philosophical ideas and specific practices such as vegetarianism, meditation, and worship. Hindu terms appear alongside English translations – Library Journal

Book cover Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’s Mere Christianity discusses the essence of Christian faith and the doctrine of the Trinity. It is a discussion of Christian belief that rejects the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations. The author finds a common ground on which all Christians can stand together, and provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for their faith – Publisher summary

 

Book cover Basic Beliefs of Judaism

Basic Beliefs of Judaism takes a contemporary point of view, looking at how the basic beliefs of Judaism fit into the lives of modern Jews. The author does this with an eye toward helping the reader form his/her own understanding of Judaism. The book touches upon beliefs relating to creation, God, and the cosmos, as well as beliefs relating to day-to-day issues of family relations, social interactions, and ethics.  – Publisher summary

 

Book Cover Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings, collects important philosophical texts from each major Buddhist tradition. Each text is translated and introduced by a recognized authority in Buddhist studies. Each introduction sets the text in context and introduces the philosophical issues it addresses and arguments it presents, providing a useful and authoritative guide to reading and to teaching the text. – Publisher summary

 

Book cover Demystifying Islam

Demystifying Islam is “a concise guide to what Islam really teaches about provocative topics, from the burqa to Shariah law. After a short introduction to basic beliefs and practices, each chapter boldly tackles a challenging topic about Islam today. The book is forthright about issues where Muslims disagree, and provides a single, engaging source where readers can turn for answers to these important topics.” – Publisher summary

 

 

 

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