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This definitive guide explores all the faiths from around the world.
Together with the five main religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, there is a diverse range of newer faiths to ensure a compelling and comprehensive read.
From the key concepts of ancient beliefs to the ground-breaking ideas at the heart of modern faiths, religious history is chronicled in a universal timeline. This provides a global perspective on the origins and events contributing to the growth and spread of spirituality, and the position of religion in society today. Influential religious leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, Saint Paul, and Al-Ghazali, are introduced in depth and detail, alongside important quotations. Modern alternative beliefs are investigated in the wider context of their political, social, and cultural climates.
Part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas series that has sold in excess of seven million copies, The Religions Book explains the trickiest of subjects in the most easily accessible format, using inspiring infographics and illuminating images alongside simple and straightforward text.
Compelling and accessible, this is the perfect guide for students of religious study, or anyone interested in the ideas of ancient and present-day faiths and religious philosophies.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics, along with straightforward and engaging writing, to make complex subjects easier to understand. These award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.
In June 1916, two of the 20th century's greatest religious thinkers found themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield at Verdun. For each it was an experience like no other, but they responded to it very differently, and for each of them it transformed their idea of God, their career and their life.
A German Lutheran chaplain and a French Jesuit stretcher-bearer, although separated by only a few hundred yards of mud and barbed wire, tried to cope with and make sense of the horror of war.
The story of these two men - Paul Tillich and Teilhard de Chardin - and the impact the war had on them, reflects a century of thinking about religion, politics, humanism and our global future.
The story moves from the battlefields of the Great War, through Europe in the 1920s and 30s, to America in the 1950s.
It explores questions about belief in God, the place of religion, and how we cope with suffering and change, whether on a battlefield or in a cancer ward.
Believers may ask how God allows such things to happen, and many have their faith shattered through suffering. But the broader issue, for believers and atheists alike, is how to find anything positive to say about life in the face of suffering and death on such a scale.
From a nervous breakdown during the war to success in New York, and from exile in China to a belated recognition in Paris, this is also a story of hope and determination.
A modern understanding of the world is unthinkable without science, but what exactly is it? What does it mean to say that something is 'scientific'? How are its results justified? From the genetic basis of life, to the structures of the universe and the atom, TEACH YOURSELF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE explores how the key ideas that shape our world have been developed.
- Investigate the history of science.
- Examine scientific method.
- Discover key philosophers and scientists.
- Explore the impact of science on Western thought.
The concept of 'home' reflects one of the deepest and most universal of human experiences. It manifests in everything from religion to nationalism, and from buildings and decor to nostalgia for the place of our birth.
We all need space to be ourselves; but we need it to be the kind of space that we can personalise - space that says something about who we are.
From a contemplation of the size of the universe and the orientation of temples in the ancient Near East, to home improvements and community loyalty, this book explores the ways in which we personalise the space around us in our quest to construct a unique and authentic sense of 'home'.
We all face questions on an almost daily basis related to truth and post-truth, particularly in the political sphere, terrorism, globalization, immigration and asylum, social responsibility, media and social-media ethics, and gender and LGBT issues. So how do you navigate this minefield?
Ethics for Life is an accessible introduction to all the key theories and thinkers. It shows the relevance of ethical ideas and theories to everyday life, emphasizing the way our view of ourselves and the societies we live in is shaped by our moral values and the arguments they are based on.
With contemporary examples and discussion of current debates including terrorism, genetics and the media, Ethics for Life will help you grasp how ethics applies to life today.
Philosophy For Life is the definitive introduction to the history of Western thought, but more than that, it is a toolkit for using philosophy in your daily life.
As you read, you will develop your own critical and creative thinking, exploring the key ideas in Western Philosophy and the arguments that continue to shape our world. You will discover what philosophy is really about, learn to be a sceptic, meet Plato and Aristotle, explore the concept of mind, question free will, use philosophy to be happy, find out about Marx and materialism, see how philosophy relates to everything from comics to coffee, and ask whether god exists.
Philosophy is a life-tool, a set of skills for engaging with any subject, and in Philosphy For Life, you will discover a body of wisdom and a way to develop your own critical and creative thinking.
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Sunday: Think about knowledge like a philosopher
Monday: Consider what science is and how we gain knowledge of the natural world
Tuesday: Explore how we speak and think, and how this relates to the philosophy of mind.
Wednesday: Learn how philosophers view and engage with religion
Thursday: Engage with ethics - how we decide what is the right thing to do
Friday: Discover how political philosophers have balanced the role of government with individual freedom.
Saturday: Explore continental ideas such as existentialism and how the next generation of philosophers may build on them.
This book presents 101 key Buddhist ideas, arranged in alphabetical order. Each is explained clearly but briefly and related to others, so you can dip into the book, find an idea that interests you, and explore outwards from that point.
It assumes no prior knowledge of Buddhism and offers a quick way to get an overall view of Buddhist thought, or to check how Buddhist ideas relate to one another. It should be particularly useful as a revision tool for students taking papers in Religious Studies from GCSE upwards.