The world is a very religious place. Wherever you look, people are worshipping, praying, believing, following, even dying for their faith. But are all faiths the same? Do they all call on the same God using different names?
In this timely book, John Dickson presents each of the world’s major religions in its best light. He carefully outlines the history, belief systems and spiritual practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam so that the interested ‘spectator’ can explore the similarities and differences.
Written by historian and theologian John Dickson in his characteristically engaging style, this book presents each of the world’s five major systems of faith, carefully outlining the history, doctrines, beliefs, and spiritual practices of:
- Hinduism (“The Way of Release”)
- Buddhism (“The Way of Enlightenment”)
- Judaism (“The Way of the Torah”)
- Christianity (“The Way of the Christ”)
- Islam (“The Way of Submission”)
In his own words, Dickson acts as an art curator in a gallery, presenting each of these “works of art” in their best light and letting each have their say. Along the way, he demonstrates the importance of religion in general—to society and to individual believers—and addresses many of the universal questions that all of these serious and ancient religions ask:
- Who are we?
- What is our worth?
- How should we live?
- Are we alone?
At the end of each section is a bibliography of helpful books and websites for those who are interested in learning even more.