Understand the Religions of the World from Christian Perspective and Be Equipped to Engage their Adherents
Christians live their faith more than ever in a pluralistic religious context. How should a Christian respond to the complex spiritual alternatives available today? Are all religions the same? Does the New Age fulfill the second coming of Jesus? Is Sun Myung Moon sinless? Is Islam a religion of peace? Is Mormonism true? Is Scientology a religion? How does the Dalai Lama view Jesus? Do witches worship Satan? Is the pope infallible? These and other crucial issues are examined in Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions.
Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions covers more than 200 religions, sects, and cults, most of them ones the reader might encounter on any given day. Key features include:
This volume offers both description and evaluation of the hundreds of religions in today's spiritual marketplace and provides basic data on the major world religions:
Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions also explores the major divisions within Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism) and provides an introduction to over twenty-five Protestant denominations. The book examines famous sectarian movements including: the Branch Davidian, Christian Scientist, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, and Unification Church movements. The occult worlds of Witchcraft and Satanism are analyzed as well.
In addition to basic information, the reader has access to critical analysis of the controversies that arise in the debates about various religious groups and leaders. The author addresses the new evangelical-Mormon dialogue, the Emergent Church controversy, Local Church debates, Catholic-Evangelical tensions, the integrity of Seventh-day Adventism, the crimes of David Koresh, controversies over Muhammad, the extent of satanic ritual abuse, and much more.
Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions is based on Professor James Beverley's thirty years of research and frontline investigation of world and new religions. He has had face-to-face encounters with some of the world's most influential religious leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Beverley has observed witchcraft rituals in Africa, conversed with Muslim leaders in Syria and Lebanon, visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar, seen Hindu ceremonies along the Ganges, had private meetings with cult leaders throughout North America, and consulted with leading scholars all over the world. Professor Beverley is frequently interviewed by the media for his knowledge of religions and has served as an expert witness in both civil and criminal trials.
Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions is a comprehensive and engaging Christian guide to world religions and is ideal for students as well as the laypeople in the church.