Isms: Understanding Religion
Following Isms: Understanding Art and Isms: Understanding Architecture comes a handy visual guide that offers synopses of the religions of the world and highlights their artistic and architectural manifestations. This one-stop resource to understanding human spiritual belief is organized into familiar groupings (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), each of which is then further broken down into individual sects, denominations, or branches-in short, the "isms." Each ism gets a two-page spread that distills the basic tenets of the creed, identifies how it differs from other religions, highlights important historical figures (from popes to prophets and political or cultural notables) associated with the ism. In any culture, religion has always inspired art, architecture, and design. Each religion featured here is illustrated by the outstanding aesthetic achievements for which it is known, and it concludes with a helpful timeline that puts all the religions included into chronological context.
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Review: Isms: Understanding ReligionUser Review - Amy - Goodreads
Very clearly identifies the differences between most of the major world religions. It doesn't go into great detail, but for those of us who are interested in simply broadening horizons vs. becoming encyclopedias, this book is perfect. Read full review
Review: Isms: Understanding ReligionUser Review - Goodreads
Small book which makes it very portable (if you don't have an e-reader), good for quick reference.