World Religions
Belief, Culture, and Controversy
August 2011, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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The diversity of faiths and beliefs in human experience makes the study of religion uniquely enchanting. It is also immeasurably valuable, enabling a deeper understanding of why people behave as they do and how religion has historically defined societies worldwide.

World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy spans more than 50 religions practiced throughout the world, both those that have flourished and those that have disappeared. Important figures, core beliefs, customs and practices, celebrations and holidays, momentous events, significant and sacred places, and more accompany descriptions of the essence of each religion, and daily updates and additions aid researchers in their examination of the continuously metamorphosing role of religion. This database was created under the advisory oversight of J. Gordon Melton, PhD, author of more than 40 scholarly texts and reference books on religion, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University in Texas.


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• Buddhism
• Mahayana
• Theravada
• Vajrayana
• Islam
• Ismaili Islam
• Shia
• Sufism
• Sunni
Traditional Religions
• Traditional Religions
• Africa
• Americas
• Europe
• Egypt and Near East
• Greco–Roman
• Christianity
• Catholicism
• Eastern Orthodox
• Mormonism
• Protestantism
• Judaism
• Hasidism
• Conservative Judaism
• Orthodox Judaism
• Reform Judaism
Western Esotericism
• Western Esotericism
• Astrology
• Gnosticism
• Spiritualism
• Wicca
Chinese Religions
• Chinese Religions
• Confucianism
• Daoism
New Religions
• New Religions
• Scientology
• Unification Church
• Unbelief
• Agnosticism
• Atheism
• Humanism
• Hinduism
• Shaivism
• Shaktism
• Vaishnavism
• Smarta Tradition
• Shinto
• Sect Shinto
• Shrine Shinto
Other Faiths and Beliefs
• Other Faiths and Beliefs
• Baha'i Faith
• Jainism
• Sikhism
• Zoroastrianism


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