An Educator's Classroom Guide to America's Religious Beliefs and Practices

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Education - 230 pages
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Today, with all of the controversies surrounding religion in the schools and in the public sphere, it would seem more important than ever that teachers and librarians have a quick source of up-to-date, correct, unbiased information to give to patrons and students. The authors of this book (all are or have been professors of religion at various well known universities) offer just that. The book is arranged to cover most all of the known (and little known) religions in America.

Today, with all of the controversies surrounding religion in the schools and in the public sphere, it would seem more important than ever that teachers and librarians have a quick source of up-to-date, correct, unbiased information to give to patrons and students. The authors of this book (all are or have been professors of religion at various well- known universities) offer just that. The book is arranged to cover most of the known (and little-known) religions in America. Each section includes: Origins, Beliefs, Sacred Book/Scriptures, Practices, Main Subgroups, Common Misunderstandings and Stereotypes, Classroom Concerns, Population Data, and Further Readings. Though there are many guides to religions, this book has the unique advantage of looking at each religion as it may affect the classroom and other student groups and activities.

 

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A nice and fairly neutral comprehensive book on some of the religions one might encounter in a lifetime. While is book certainly doesn’t cover all of the religions which can be found in North America ... Read full review

Contents

The Bahai Faith
1
Buddhism
5
An Overview
16
Common Elements
35
The Church of Scientology
89
Fundamentalism
101
Hinduism
107
Islam
113
Rastafarianism
153
Secular HumanismAtheism
159
Sikhism
163
Unitarian Universalism
169
Wicca
173
Zoroastrianism
181
General Bibliography
191
Ramona Unified School District Policy Instruction
195

Jainism
121
Judaism
129
Native American Religions
135
New Age
143
Interfaith Calendar 20072008
201
Index
207
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About the author (2007)

Benjamin J. Hubbard, PhD, is professor emeritus of comparative religion at California State University, Fullerton where he was department chair for 15 years. He has been a frequent contributor on religion-related issues to the Los Angeles Times/Orange County and the Orange County Register. His specialties include Judaic studies, the interfaith movement, and religion and media studies.

John T. Hatfield, PhD, is professor emeritus of Ethnic and Women's' Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a past president of the American Academy of Religion's Western Region and of the Far Western Philosophy of Religion Society. His special interests include Native American religion, and religion and public education.

James A. Santucci, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Comparative Religion, California State University, Fullerton. For nearly 20 years he has edited the journal Theosophical History. He is an expert on Theosophy and other non-traditional religious movements, as well as the religions of South Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism).

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