The Britannica Guide to Religion, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615308245
  • ISBN-13: 9781615308248
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Offering both personal fulfillment and practical guidance, religions often comprise a complex interplay of theology, history, mythology, moral philosophy, and ritual. As many religions spread across the globe, they evolve over time and assume new cultural hues, thus creating “lived religions” whose practices, while anchored in their doctrinal foundations, blend in various facets of local traditions and beliefs. The key events, ideas, literature, figures, institutions, and customs central to the spiritual life of two such faiths—Christianity and Judaism—are considered in depth in these insightful volumes.

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The Britannica Guide to Religion: Christianity: History, Belief, and Practice  (ISBN-10: 1615305424 | ISBN-13: 9781615305421)

Arguably one the greatest influences on the Western world, if not the world as a whole, the Christian faith can be described as a cultural and religious colossus for the tremendous effect it has had on the development of civilization as we know it. Although centered around the figure of Jesus of Nazareth, Christianity evolved rapidly, leading to the creation of various sects and traditions that have come to represent different peoples around the world. This compelling tome examines the philosophy, history, dogma, and socio-cultural aspects of a religion that has been found at the heart of both conflict and peace. Sidebars brim with interesting facts and stories that support the main narrative.

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The Britannica Guide to Religion: Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice  (ISBN-10: 1615305378 | ISBN-13: 9781615305377)

With a Diaspora that has spread to nearly every continent, the Judaic tradition has been an integral part of the history and development of societies the world over. As the oldest of the world's three major monotheistic religions, Judaism has survived centuries of trial and transformation, all while consistently maintaining a considerable following and identity. This comprehensive volume examines the robust spiritual and cultural heritage of this rich and complex faith as well as the lives of past and present figures whose leadership and intellectual contributions have shaped its development.

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