Written in plain English and covering the world's major faiths, this book is packed with short, pithy explanations that cut through the jargon, step-by-step diagrams that untangle the central tenets, and witty illustrations that play with our perception of religion -- Back cover.
Examines each religion--including ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, and Celtic religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and nature religions--discussing its history, founder, major deity, beliefs, festivals, and celebrations
Author: David G McAfee
Release Date: 2015-01-30
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
What is belief and why is it so important? Where did it come from and what does it do? This book answers all of those questions and more! David G. McAfee, an author who studies religions, teamed up with writer and illustrator Chuck Harrison to create The Belief Book. No matter how old or how young you are, this easy-to-read book can help you learn more about religions and gods and beliefs in general. It will also teach you about something called The Scientific Method, which is how we learn new things about the world! By the time you're done reading you will know the answers to some of life's biggest questions, but more importantly you will see why your questions, and all questions for that matter, are so important. This book is the first in a series of books all about belief, gods, and religion. The fully illustrated and interactive Belief Book is for readers and thinkers of all ages, including kids and kids at heart.
Author: Wendy Thomas Russell
Release Date: 2015-03-31
Genre: Family & Relationships
A rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, non-religious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable to fall back on what they were taught as children, many of these parents are struggling -- or simply failing -- to address complicated religious questions and issues with their children in ways that promote curiosity, kindness and independence. With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, author Wendy Thomas Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research, and everyday experience in a book that gives nonreligious parents a toolkit to assist with their unique and complex issues. Among other things, Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious teaches parents how to avoid indoctrination; communicate openly but kindly with religious relatives; confront and manage "religious baggage" so as to not hand it on to the next generation; talk about death without the familiar comforts of religious imagery; give kids a broad overview of various world religions; and show children how to practice true religious tolerance. By supporting kids as they explore religion on their own, we ensure that they make up their own minds about what to believe, or not believe -- and that they extend love and respect to those who may not agree with them.
Chronicles the history of Canadian exploration from John Cabot's first voyage to Newfoundland and Jacques Cartier's discovery of the Saint Lawrence River to Robert Peary and Matthew Henson's trip to the North Pole.
Author: Alex Frith
Release Date: 2017-06-01
An eye-opening look at the beliefs, history and customs of the major world religions. Discover the three great gods of Hinduism, the root of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which religions teach that there is no God, and much more. Visually stunning, this highly informative lift-the-flap book is a fantastic source of information for children.
Author: Anna Xiao Dong Sun
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2013
Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over a period of more than a decade, this book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion. The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Müller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of "world religions" and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. Anna Sun shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has become important to the present regime in a time of transition. Contested histories of Confucianism are vital signs of social and political change. Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion. Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality? With historical analysis, extensive research, and thoughtful reflection, Confucianism as a World Religion will engage all those interested in religion and global politics at the beginning of the Chinese century.
Author: Carolyn Pogue
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
Release Date: 2007-05-21
This is a comprehensive book -- covering most of the world's main religions in a captivating and accessible way -- that invites and inspires teens to look beyond their own faith and to explore the universality of spirituality that is rooted in everyone. Interviews with young people are the basis of many of the chapters. Full-colour photos and comments allow teens to appreciate how the influences of different faith traditions affect other lives in a relevant way.