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This in-depth survey of active religions has now been fully updated to include modern developments and the most recent schola Comprehensive, informative and authoritative, The Penguin Handbook of the World's Living Religions is compiled by a team of leading international scholars, and is the definitive guide to the religious belief systems and practices of the world today.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 02, Jody Mena rated it did not like it. I picked up this book to see how it represented Paganism, if at all.
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It did, but it got about a page and a half, and while some of the information attempted to be accurate, there was a great deal of condensing and skewing of facts; just for instance, the distinction made between Witchcraft [a practice] and Paganism [a body of belief systems] was fuzzy and weak, almost completely unexplained. It skimmed over several quite important aspects while bringing others to the front that were comparativel I picked up this book to see how it represented Paganism, if at all.
It skimmed over several quite important aspects while bringing others to the front that were comparatively less to the point; there was only an off the cuff mention of veneration of nature which should have been the center of focus , and worship of the Mother Goddess was made to seem like a secular feminist movement.
Gardener is mentioned of course, but they reduce the philosphy and practice of Gardnerian Wicca, the root of modern Wicca, to a single, extremely misleading sentence; none of the other central figures in the history and founding of modern Paganism were included - even Gardener did not 'found' the religion, he 'created' it - like saying Saint Paul 'created' Christianity, an insultingly poor choice of words.
They made mention of Dianic Wicca, but only in reference to its connection with feminism, while making no mention of many other influential paths and movements, such as the Faerie tradition, Germanic paths, the Druids and many others - they glossed over these very disparate and individual paths as 'ethnic facades'. An almost ridiculous amount of information is missing, considering what they decided to include.
It was also upsetting and insulting that Paganism was grouped in with Satanism. Satanism is a legitimate religion in its own right, but it truly has NOTHING to do with either ceremonial magic or Paganism - if anything, it should be grouped with Christianity, because it is a religion based on Christianity. While the writers pointed out that Pagans do not associate themselves with Satanists, the very fact that the editors felt it was appropriate to group them together sends an extremely conflicting message; modern Pagans and Witches have had to work very hard to separate themselves from the association with Satanism or other forms of evil-god worship, which are, in almost every case, the very antithesis of each other.
This so-called handbook on religion, claiming authority on the subject, puts a dent in that effort. The only reason I gave this any stars is because it actually DID mention Paganism and Witchcraft; many books on religion refuse to even acknowledge their existence, or do not treat them as 'real' religions. Nevertheless, I felt like Ford Prefect from 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' reading his article entry about Earth - a extensive body of complex and relevant information, cut away and reduced to 'mostly harmless'.
I skimmed through other parts of the book, there was some interesting stuff, but considering how painfully inaccurate and incomplete the information on Paganism and Witchcraft proved to be, why would I trust any of the information in this book to be accurate and complete? They've lost all their credibility, and if you must use this book as a reference, I strongly recommend cross referencing with another source.
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No book could ever hope to be a comprehensive overview of all the world's religions, even one clocking over pages, but this one does its best. The book is very dry, which is almost inevitable, but ultimately readable. Some of the essays near the end, on religious diversity and multiculturalism in various western countries, are overly congratulatory, and in my opinion, papered over continuing struggles. Jan 21, Dorothy E. This is an excellent reference book that goes way beyond the "basics" of the world's major religions and several of the minor religions.
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The Penguin Handbook of the World's Living Religions
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