This is a comprehensive and sympathetic approach to all religions of the world, including the lesser-known ones, sects, cults and ideologies. Far more than a descriptive listing, it meets the urgent need for understanding them today on an individual, social and global basis. Broader than "comparative religion", it uses philosophy, psychology, anthropology and other disciplines to answer the questions "How does religion arise? How is it sustained? Why does it unite some people, and ostracise others?"
This combines in one volume the most important aspects of all religious beliefs. Beginning with the nature of myth and its functions, ritual, initiation and magic, and ending with the mystical and elegant approach of a number of modern physicists, it provides a holistic approach for anyone interested in religious or philosophical ideas, and is essential reading for all serious students of the subject.
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The subtitle of this book says it all: 'Why it (religion) happens, why it flourishes, why it unites and divides.' And who can argue that there is nothing like religion to unite and to divide humans? ..... Far more instructive than the rantings of any one-sided argument, be it for against religion or any particular belief system, this book is well worth the read, for it broadens perceptions rather than narrows them, challenges assumptions rather than entrenching them and is, overall, uplifting rather than dismissive of an important â€“ perhaps essential â€“ part of the human experience. ~ Chris Erasmus, Odyssey Magazine
Ivor Morrish has succedded in writing a book that will be of great use to students of religion and to those who wish to understand man's belief in gods and the subsequent development of teh world's religions. ....this book gives to its readers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding. ~ David Anstey, New Vision
A massive amount of material, clearly written, readable and never dry. the fruit of a lifetime's study, a splendid book. it is a major achievement to cover so much background in a volume compact enough to read on the bus. Morris is particularly good on illustrating the inter-relationships betwen religions. I found it hard to put down. ~ , Faith and Freedom