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Religion for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

400 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Aug 2002

ISBN-13: 9780764552649

ISBN-10: 0764552643

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"Why are we here?
How should we live?
What happens after we die?
Why does evil exist?"

"Religion For Dummies" explains how the world's great religions answer questions that persist through generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are trusted religious advisors known as the God Squad. With wonderful wit and incredible wisdom, they host a daily talk show which reaches nearly 4 million homes in the New York area, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.

This book is not a scholarly theological treatise; it's a lively, practical, hands-on resource that will help you better understand your own religion and others. You'll explore: Religion's role in the family and in the workplaceThe beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religionsReligion's impact during major passages in life such as birth, death, and marriageHow to join a religion and how to prayHow religion can help you deal with issues in every day life such as conflict, adversity, marriage, divorce, and moreReligious rituals and ethics

"Religion for Dummies" touches on lesser-known religions (such as, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism). It explores how people of various faiths pray, celebrate life and death, and view moral issues. The book does not tell you what to believe, but rather encourages you to live as you believe and let your religion infuse every aspect of your life. It doesn't give simple answers to haunting, complex questions; it helps you find your own answers and pursue your own spiritual path

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Aug 2002
ISBN-13: 9780764552649
ISBN-10: 0764552643
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 2
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go from Herep. 5
In the Beginning: Religion Basicsp. 7
Holy Smoke! Defining Religionp. 9
Religion: A (Relatively) Quick Definitionp. 9
Acting It Out: Religion and Ritualsp. 17
Ethically Speaking: Religion and Ethicsp. 21
Why People Flock to Religionp. 22
Comparing Religion with Philosophy and Spiritualityp. 27
Four Big Mysteries and a Couple of Recent Conundrumsp. 31
Why Are We Here?p. 32
How Should We Live?p. 33
What Happens after We Die?p. 38
Why Does Evil Exist?p. 39
Religion, Science, and a Basic Mystery: Who Creates Life?p. 41
The God Questions: Does He Exist and What's He Like?p. 43
The Proof Is in the Puddingp. 44
The Nature of the Divinep. 47
Other Questions about Godp. 55
When Good Religions Go Badp. 61
Can't We All Just Get Along?p. 62
Understanding "Bad" Religionp. 66
A Final Thoughtp. 71
Religious Beliefsp. 73
The Foundations of Faithp. 75
Joining Upp. 75
It's a Mystery to Me: Religion and the Search for Answersp. 77
Hanging On to Faithp. 84
Knowing through Revelationp. 86
Heeding the Divine Commandmentp. 89
Providence and Karma: The Consequences of Our Actionsp. 92
Love, Love, and More Love: Gracep. 94
The Amazing Variety of Spiritual Beingsp. 99
Angels: Direct Line from Godp. 99
Devils, Demons, and other Bad Guysp. 102
Prophets: Direct Lines to Godp. 106
Messiahs: Anointed by Godp. 108
Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Lamas, and Saintsp. 110
Religious Ritualsp. 113
Rituals of Communal Worshipp. 115
Understanding Prayerp. 115
Making Sacrificesp. 122
Gettin' Down with God: It's All about Noise and Movementp. 124
Healing Is Believingp. 127
A Dieter's Delight: The Joy of Fastingp. 130
Receiving the Eucharist: It's a Christian Thingp. 133
Rituals of Individual Devotionp. 137
Getting Bent into Shape: Yogap. 137
Walking the Stations of the Crossp. 140
Praying with Beadsp. 141
Goin' on a Road Trip: Pilgrimagesp. 143
Private Prayerp. 147
Holy Days in Our Lives: Rites of Passagep. 149
Christian Life Cycle Ritualsp. 149
Jewish Life Cycle Ritualsp. 154
Islamic Life Cycle Ritualsp. 159
Buddhist Life Cycle Ritualsp. 162
Hindu Life Cycle Ritualsp. 166
Life Cycle Rituals of Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintop. 169
Sikh Life Cycle Ritualsp. 173
Life Cycle Rituals of Indigenous Religionsp. 176
Religious Ethicsp. 179
Personal Virtuesp. 181
The Golden Rule: A Universal Principlep. 181
Compassion: I Feel Your Painp. 183
Humility: Remembering Your Placep. 183
Respect: Minding Your Ps and Qsp. 184
Hope: Living in a Scary Worldp. 185
Bliss: Happy, Happy, Joy, Joyp. 186
Honesty: Cross My Heartp. 188
Curiosity: Asking Critical Questionsp. 191
Patience: It's a Virtue (So Are Diligence and Perseverance)p. 191
Gratitude and Thankfulness: Saying Please and Thank Youp. 193
Purity: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Askp. 194
Public Virtuesp. 199
Charity: Sharing the Wealthp. 199
Repentance, Forgiveness, Reconciliation: Repaying Evil with Goodp. 202
Obedience: Doing Your Dutyp. 204
Ahimsa: Respecting Life and Practicing Nonviolencep. 209
Evangelism: Spreading the Faithp. 214
Justice: Doing Rightp. 215
Tranquility: Finding Peacep. 216
Tolerance: Accepting Other Ways up the Mountainp. 217
Community: Gathering Togetherp. 218
Religion and Some Really Hot Ethical Issuesp. 221
Abortion: Who Can End a Pregnancy?p. 222
Euthanasia and Suicide: Who Can End Life?p. 225
Genetic Engineering: Who Creates Life?p. 228
Capital Punishmentp. 230
Homosexuality and Lesbianismp. 232
Separation of Church and Statep. 235
All (Other) Things Holyp. 237
Holy Booksp. 239
Hindu Holy Booksp. 240
Tao Holy Booksp. 242
Sacred Writings of Buddhismp. 244
Confucian Textsp. 245
Shinto Textsp. 247
Jain Holy Booksp. 248
The Hebrew Biblep. 249
The Christian Biblep. 251
Islam: The Qur'anp. 255
Zoroastrian Holy Booksp. 257
Sikh Holy Booksp. 257
Holy Texts of the Baha'i Faithp. 259
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: The Book of Mormonp. 260
Holy Peoplep. 263
Founders of Faithp. 263
Famous Messengers of Godp. 277
The Smart Guys: Theologians and Scholarsp. 281
Contemporary Religious Leaders and Activistsp. 286
Holy Placesp. 293
Jerusalem: Hot Spot and Holy Cityp. 293
The Holy Rivers of Hinduismp. 298
Calling All Muslims to Meccap. 299
Medina: The Early Political Center of Islamp. 300
The Vatican: A City within a Cityp. 301
The Promised Land for Latter-day Saintsp. 302
The Holy Pilgrimage Sites of the Baha'i Faithp. 303
Two Hills and a Mount: Sacred Jain Sitesp. 304
Holy Places of Taoismp. 305
Sacred Sites for Other Religionsp. 305
Holy Housesp. 307
Synagogues: Jewish Houses of Worshipp. 307
A Temple Here, a Temple Therep. 309
Shrines: Places of Remembrancep. 313
Churches: Alike and Differentp. 314
Mosques: Places of Ritual Prostrationp. 320
Holy Days on the Calendarp. 323
Types of Calendars--Just in CaseYou're Curiousp. 323
Calendars of the World Religionsp. 324
The Part of Tensp. 335
Ten (or so) Jobs for the Devotedp. 337
Roman Catholic Priestp. 338
Catholic Monk and Nunp. 339
Protestant Ministerp. 340
Jewish Rabbip. 340
Jewish Cantorp. 341
Muslim Imamp. 341
Zoroastrian Magusp. 342
Buddhist Monk and Nunp. 342
Confucian Sagep. 342
Hindu Priestp. 343
Sikh Granthi and Ragip. 343
Jain Monkp. 343
Shinto Priest and Mikop. 344
Shamanp. 344
Ten Tales for Your Reading Enjoymentp. 347
Creation Storiesp. 347
Miraculous Conceptions and Virgin Birthsp. 349
Morality Tales and Lessons for Livingp. 351
A Few Religions of the Worldp. 355
Baha'i Faithp. 355
Sacred textsp. 355
Core beliefsp. 356
Buddhismp. 356
Core beliefsp. 356
Schools of Buddhismp. 357
Christianityp. 358
Sacred textsp. 358
Core beliefsp. 358
Branches of Christianityp. 359
Confucianismp. 360
Sacred textsp. 361
Core beliefsp. 361
Expressions of faithp. 361
Hinduismp. 361
Sacred textsp. 362
Core conceptsp. 362
Important divinitiesp. 363
Indigenous Religions and Belief Systemsp. 363
North Americap. 363
Australiap. 364
Africap. 364
Islamp. 365
Sacred textsp. 365
Core beliefsp. 365
Expressions of faithp. 366
Islamic sectsp. 367
Jainismp. 367
Sacred textsp. 367
Core beliefsp. 368
Expressions of faithp. 368
Judaismp. 368
Sacred textsp. 368
Core conceptsp. 369
Expressions of faithp. 369
Divisions of Judaismp. 369
Shintop. 370
Sacred textsp. 371
Core beliefsp. 371
Expressions of faithp. 371
Sikhismp. 372
Sacred textsp. 372
Core beliefsp. 372
Expressions of faithp. 373
Taoismp. 373
Core conceptsp. 373
Expressions of faithp. 374
Zoroastrianismp. 374
Core beliefsp. 374
Expressions of faithp. 374
Indexp. 375

Book description

Why are we here?

How should we live?

What happens after we die?

Why does evil exist?

Religion For Dummies explains how the world’s great religions answer questions that persist through generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are trusted religious advisors known as the God Squad. With wonderful wit and incredible wisdom, they host a daily talk show which reaches nearly 4 million homes in the New York area, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.

This book is not a scholarly theological treatise; it’s a lively, practical, hands-on resource that will help you better understand your own religion and others. You’ll explore:

  • Religion's role in the family and in the workplace
  • The beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religions
  • Religion's impact during major passages in life such as birth, death, and marriage
  • How to join a religion and how to pray
  • How religion can help you deal with issues in every day life such as conflict, adversity, marriage, divorce, and more
  • Religious rituals and ethics

Religion for Dummies touches on lesser-known religions (such as, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism). It explores how people of various faiths pray, celebrate life and death, and view moral issues. The book does not tell you what to believe, but rather encourages you to live as you believe and let your religion infuse every aspect of your life. It doesn’t give simple answers to haunting, complex questions; it helps you find your own answers and pursue your own spiritual path!

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