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Historical atlas of religions

Author: Karen Farrington
Publisher: London : Mercury, 2006.
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From the Publisher: From the dawn of mankind's imagination, we have sought the favour of elemental powers and attempted to appease them with worship and sacrifice. The story of religion is one of learning to live with evolving social structures and determining how faith can provide a structure of beliefs through which we can deal with the world around us. In Historical Atlas of Religions, Karen Farrington shows how  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Farrington
ISBN: 1904668135 9781904668138
OCLC Number: 63137369
Notes: Originally published: New York: Checkmark, 2002.
Includes index.
Description: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Introduction: Common human psyche --
1: Middle East --
Story of Judaism --
Moses and the Exodus --
Promised Land --
Creation of Israel --
Maimonides-traveler and doctor --
Persecution of Jews --
Jewish tradition --
Focus of faith-the Synagogue --
Story of Christianity --
Death of Christ --
St Paul and the spread of Christianity --
Christian persecution --
Schism in Christianity --
Story of Islam --
Succession to the prophet --
Spread of Islam --
Koran-teacher of man --
Islamic worship --
Lifetime's journey-the Hajj --
Centers of prayer-Mosques --
Selected ones-Sufism --
Baha'i-a refuge from Orthodoxy --
Religious conflicts in the Middle East --
2: North America --
Gods of the moundbuilders --
Shamanism-the healing seers --
Pilgrim fathers --
Mormonism-a new mission --
Jehovah's witnesses --
Out of the dark-spiritualism --
Christian Science --
Scientology --
3: Central And South America --
Maya-order from chaos --
Aztec-divine fire of sacrifice --
Inca-time and space --
Jesuits-missionaries abroad --
Voodoo-Africa meets America --
4: Africa --
Terracotta Gods --
Star worshippers-the Dogon --
Gods of the Nile-ancient Egypt --
Missionaries in Africa --
Rastafarianism --
5: Europe --
Dawn of man --
Gods of the Greeks --
Roman Empire --
Old Norse religion --
Christianity in the Middle Ages --
Crusades and papal control --
Reformation in England --
Reformation in Europe --
To reach God-cathedrals --
Greek Orthodox Church --
Russian Orthodox Church --
Methodism-a precise approach --
Quakers-the Society of Friends --
Salvation Army --
Theosophy --
Religious conflicts in Europe --
6: Asia --
Story of Hinduism --
Sacred texts-the Vedas --
Hindu tradition --
Reincarnation and the Caste System --
Story of Buddhism --
Buddhist belief --
Buddhist lifestyle --
Buddhist texts --
Buddhist sects: Zen, Rinzai, Soto, and Tantric --
Persecution of Buddhists --
Jainism-faith of sympathy --
Zoroastrianism-faith of fire --
Taoism-the way to Confucius --
Confucianism-a civil system --
Shintoism-way of the Kami --
Story of Sikhism --
Sikh gurus --
Sikh religious texts --
Sikh worship-the Gurdwara --
Persecution of Sikhs --
Krishna consciousness --
Unification church --
Religious conflict in Asia --
7: Australasia --
Spirits of dance-Aborigines --
Fierce spirit-Maori religion --
Easter Island-Mystery in Stone --
Conclusion: Is there a God? --
Glossary and index.
Responsibility: Karen Farrington.

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From the Publisher: From the dawn of mankind's imagination, we have sought the favour of elemental powers and attempted to appease them with worship and sacrifice. The story of religion is one of learning to live with evolving social structures and determining how faith can provide a structure of beliefs through which we can deal with the world around us. In Historical Atlas of Religions, Karen Farrington shows how different cultures' beliefs evolved, how their influence spread, and where they came into conflict with each other. The book is not partisan; its aims are to enlighten and not to preach, and to put each religion into its own proper context. Historical Atlas of Religions is a delightful encyclopedia of human spiritual endeavor from the earliest forms of animism to the established faiths of modern times.

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