All You Want to Know But Didn't Think You Could Ask: Religions, Cults, and Popular Beliefs

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Thomas Nelson Inc, 2012 - Religion - 316 pages
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Everything teens and young adults need to know about world religions and philosophies in one convenient book! As our global world becomes smaller, we encounter more religions and popular beliefs than we ever have before. This book from a high school religion teacher and a professor of religion clarifies the founding, history, practices, and beliefs of forty groups. Each chapter puts the group in context and explains how the religion is similar to or different from Christianity. No other book covers such a wide range of topics from Islam, Shamanism, and Mormonism, to atheism, vampirism, and astrology.

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  • Charts and tables for easy comparison of different religious beliefs and practices
  • Coverage of world religions, new religions, and religions in popular culture
  • Overviews of the founding, history, and typical followers of each religion
  • Written for classroom or individual study
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
World Traditions
15
Religions Of Place
143
Uniquely American Religions
189
Pop Culturebased Religions And Beliefs
233
Nonreligious Beliefs
265
Extremism
283
Conclusion
315
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About the author (2012)

Jessica Tinklenberg deVega is Assistant Professor of Religion at Morningside College (Sioux City, IA). She has a Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University, a Master of Divinity from United Seminary (Dayton, OH), and a BA in Religion and Education from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL). She has twelve years of experience teaching world religions, biblical studies, and ancient languages to both high school and college students.

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