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The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion argues that to look at religion through a monochromatic lens of fundamentalism is to belie history, to overlook the diversity of religions and religious experiences, and to do an injustice to one of humanity's greatest institutions.
Religion is a term which is often used in the media and public life without any clarification. However, it is a word that encompasses hundreds of different beliefs. It is a loaded word that has a different meaning for each person. Religion can be seen as a source of war and peace, love and hate, dialogue and narrow-mindedness.
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Drawing on a wide range of sources, the No-Nonsense Guide to Religion doesn't just concentrate on the popular and well-established traditions, which normally over-emphasize powerful figures. It focuses too on the diversity within religions as well as the similarities between them.
The globalization of communications has made more people aware of religious conversion, with more people than ever before belonging to a different religious community from their parents. The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion considers how religion has shaped our culture as well as how our culture is shaping religion today.
Diagrams, charts and graphs used throughout to illustrate key information.
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About the author
Symon Hill is associate director of Ekklesia, an independent thinktank that examines the role of religion in public life. He contributes regularly to the Guardian , The Friend and Morning Star and Baptist Times and is associate tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. He has written and campaigned on issues including religious liberty, the arms trade, social class and sexuality. He lives in London.
This eBook is a digital version of the 2010 Paperback, which had an ISBN of 9781906523299.
ISBN / Barcode: 9781906523633
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