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.
• 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
• 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