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The headlines in our daily papers report news about unfamiliar people, oftentimes in far away places. As often as not, the headlines are negative: Fundamentalist Muslims Attack World Trade Towers," "Sikhs Threaten Uprising," "orthodox Jews Clash with Israeli Government." These headlines no more represent the religious realities of the peoples cited thatn headlines about strife in Northern Ireland represent the religious realities of Catholics and Protestants. Still, the headlines do stimulate questions: Who are these people? What are they like? What do they believe? If we are to understand the world in which we live and come to a deeper appreciation and love of others, an awareness of their religious world-view is indispensable.
"This book succinctly introduces and ancient religions, especially Egyptian, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Far Eastern traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism). Helpful features are its inclusion of texts from the various religious literatures in non-scholarly translation and 'Questions to Think About' at the end of each chapter. Suitable for teacher background for elementary grades and for high school and general parish libraries, as a beginning text hopefully leading to further studies about and dialogue with followers of these great, living faiths." - Eugene J. Fisher, Associate Director, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, National Confrerence of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC 20017
About the Author: Father John T. Catoir, former Director of the Christophers, is widely known through his syndicated television and radio programs, St. Jude Media Ministry, and the books which he has written. His other Alba House books include the Trilogy on Joy (Enjoy the Lord, God Delights in You, and Enjoy Your Precious Life), The Stations of the Cross for the New Millennium, Joy and Encounters with Holiness.
Prod. Code: 0640-5