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World Religions

Belief, Culture, and Controversy

This comprehensive reference resource provides a virtual textbook that covers religion across the globe, making student research on faith and belief across humanity easier, and enabling a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing us in the 21st century.


  • Topic:

    Religion and Mythology
  • Subtopic:

    Religion (General)
ISBN
978-1-59884-798-7
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This comprehensive reference resource provides a virtual textbook that covers religion across the globe, making student research on faith and belief across humanity easier, and enabling a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing us in the 21st century.

The diversity of faiths and beliefs in human experience makes the study of religion uniquely fascinating and valuable. Religion plays an essential role in societies worldwide, motivating decisions in every facet of life. Religion isn't simply an aspect of human culture—our beliefs define who we are and directly affect how we view the world.

ABC-CLIO's World Religions provides a powerful combination of reference and research components like no other database, comprising thousands of reference items that cover matters of belief, practice, celebrations, and holidays; important individuals and events; significant and sacred places; and much more. It contains thousands of authoritative reference items from leading experts, all specifically written to enhance student research and understanding, as well as engaging essays from scholars that present multiple perspectives on enduring dilemmas to provide students with models of sound critical thinking—all in one place.

The advisor for this collection of dynamic, regularly updated content is J. Gordon Melton, PhD, author of more than 40 scholarly texts and reference books on the topic of religion, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University in Texas.

Features
• More than 50 religion overviews, covering such topics as agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Shinto
• Extensive reference entries on religion in every country, including statistics on the number of followers of various beliefs in the past, present, and projections for the future
• Thousands of primary sources, including images, video, and documents
• CLIOVIEW interactive feature allows users to compare religion statistics across countries

Highlights
• Updated daily with new reference content and regularly updated feature stories that examine the role of religion in current events
• The Analyze sections present scholarly perspectives on long-standing or current debates surrounding the topic of religion, providing students with models of good critical thinking, well-constructed and reasoned arguments, and the proper use of evidence to support such arguments
• User-friendly interface makes searching or browsing quick and effective
Reviews
"The World Religions Website is a remarkable tool that will give students a new appreciation for the role religion has in shaping history, politics, and society as a whole. They will be able to see how various religions interconnect as well as where there are distinct differences between them. The use of clearly written essays, topics that promote debate and critical thinking, and an abundance of photographs will appeal to students from the middle grades up. This site should be considered by all types of libraries and libraries are encouraged to take advantage of the publisher's free trial offer to see if this site will be worthwhile in their library."—ARBA

"The school edition of ABC-CLIO’s World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy does double duty as a research resource and a teaching tool. . . . The database interface is clean, appealing, and intuitive. . . . This product offers authoritative and objective information and should be accessible to researchers in ninth grade and up. The additional teacher-friendly features broaden its appeal and create additional justifications (and possible funding sources). Recommended for high-school and public library collections."—Booklist

2013 EDDIE Award Winner - Best Multi-Level Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette

2012 CODIE Award Winner-Best Education Reference Solutions — SIIA

2012 Best Education Software Award (BESSIE)-World Religions Website — ComputEd Gazette