A Brief Guide to Beliefs: Ideas, Theologies, Mysteries, and Movements

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2001 - Religion - 578 pages
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This wide-ranging and highly readable introduction focuses on the contemporary fascination with the big questions about God and the supernatural, setting out clearly and fairly what people believe and their reasons for believing it. All the major faiths are covered, along with new and alternative movements, neo-pagan and New Age thought, and spiritualities of human potential and self-enhancement. Offering a wealth of information on key concepts, movements, and thinkers,A Brief Guide to Beliefswill be especially helpful to students of religion or related subjects, and to all who want to know more about the most popular and influencial beliefs in the world today.

  

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Contents

Postmodernism and the Challenge to Religion
9
The Existence of God19
19
The Meaning of Morality
31
Science and Religion
45
The Problem of Evil and Suffering
55
Aspects of Religion
67
Twelve World Faiths
135
Some Alternative and Indigenous Religions
277
A Brief History
305
Some Alternative Christian Movements
395
Pagan Esoteric and Occult Thought
445
Belief in Human Potential
501
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Linda Edwards (M.A., Oxford University; M.Ed., Nottingham University) is visiting lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen, Wales, and a freelance writer and educational consultant. Together with the late William Raeper, she is author of Luke: A Gospel for Today.

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