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Did you watch The Matrix and think it had to be something more than just an action flick? Do you wonder what Madonna's henna tattoos mean?

This book covers over 100 world religions, secular worldviews, cults, and occult practices from a Christian viewpoint with tolerance and civility. It tells the basic beliefs, short history, important aspects, and it identifies the religions in pop culture-all in a teen-magazine style of writing. The goal of this book is to educate teens to be able to identify the religions they come in contact with daily. All content has been reviewed by experts in Christian theology.

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Written in a teen-style tone, this book respectfully covers more than 100 world religions, secular worldviews, cults and occult practices from a Christian viewpoint, providing basic beliefs, short histories and important aspects of these beliefs.

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flineagle, October 21, 2009 (view all comments by flineagle)
I enjoyed this book when I was younger. It has a lot of information and while it may not have every detail and fact, it is very useful for getting an idea of the diversity of religions. I'd recommend it to teens looking for some answers.
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Brozomat, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by Brozomat)
it is so common for some-one like you sir to put down a good literature like this because it is of a different world view to yours. the fact of the matter is , You skimmed. no-one should trust your reveiw if you straight out told them you didn't read the book thoroughly before condemning it. you sir are a bad case of hard headed ness. your stubborness to inspect what another person is saying ruins this good read. just beacuse it does not appeal tou you does'nt mean i wont like it. before saying something like this you need to get your facts straight and then cast your judjement. your not insulting a book your insulting a person. wich you have no right to do. beside that any book is realy biased to someones own beliefs because books are written by people who all have thier own opinion. deal with it.
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bolsh3vik, November 11, 2006 (view all comments by bolsh3vik)
Admittedly I only skimmed this book, and I could not stand to read it at length because it infuriated me. That the book has been reviewed by Christian scholars is no wonder, but it was certainly not reviewed by scholars of any of the religions discussed.

Many of the claims this book makes are thinly veiled attacks on the religions within. Many more of the claims are outright wrong. As a scholar of East Asian religions in particular, the brief section that dissects the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," is entirely unfounded. The movie is in now way an example of Chinese religions on anything more than the most basic levels. The tenants discussed by this book get them wrong, at that. Yin and Yang is a Taoist principle, not Confucian, incorporated into the larger belief systems of China. Neither Yin nor Yang represent good, or evil. This is knowledge acquired within weeks of taking a course on Chinese religions. Judging from this section alone, it is clear that the authors set out to skim religions, much like I their book, and to refute them as quickly as possible, in hopes that their readers will look no further than their purchase for answers.

As a human being, I am outraged at the claim that the Muslim faith is described as, "Allah's Army." The cognitive leap required to see that the authors were attempting to make all Muslims out to be suicidal zealots is a small leap, indeed.
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ISBN:
9780785247630
Author:
Baker, Tim
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Author:
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Author:
Etue, Kim
Location:
Nashville, Tenn.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity - Education - Children & Youth
Subject:
Christian Education - Children & Youth
Subject:
Christianity-Youth Education
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-857
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.32x6.38x.82 in. 1.65 lbs.

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