Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions by James Beverly *****

Purchase here:Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World

Book Description:
A comprehensive introduction to the religions of the world analyzed from a Christian perspective. Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions covers more than 200 religions, sects, and cults, most of them ones the reader might encounter on any given day.
My Review:
At 850 pages, reading Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions cover to cover can initially seem overwhelming, but because of the layout and divisions in the book, it is quite easy to read. It is an excellent resource for information, doctrine, and historical facts. The breakdown of the chapters includes windowed information boxes with timelines of major events. Many contain an apologist statement, questions and answers, doctrines, and how and when the division or sect started. Websites references are listed for both support and criticism.

The book has sturdy pages and easy to read print. Mr. Beverley approaches each religion with fairness and objectivity. He clearly states the Christians objection to some of the religious doctrines; he also defends against unfair judgments by Christians.

I have picked up other books about world religions, but this is the first one that I found interesting enough to read through its entirety.


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