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Acta sanctorum : the full text database
Description:  "[An] electronic version of the complete texts of the sixty-eight unprinted volumes ... [C]omprises the works published over a period of three hundred years by the Societé des Bollandistes ... including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Biblioteca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers ... also included."
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African American historical serials collection
Description:  The African American Historical Serials Collection features 173 periodicals spanning from 1816 through 1922. The periodicals in this collection include newspapers and magazines, in addition to reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions. This collection was developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture.
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American Methodism project
Description:  The American Methodism Project is a digitized collection of interdisciplinary and historical materials related to American Methodism.
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American Theological Library Association (ATLA) historical monographs collection (Series 1)
Description:  "Presents more than 15,000 titles from the 13th century through the 1893 World Parliament of Religions ... The collection includes many volumes in Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and other languages besides English, documenting the recovery of languages used during the biblical era"--Databases page.
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American Theological Library Association (ATLA) historical monographs collection (Series 2)
Description:  "Consists of nearly 15,000 titles published from 1894 through 1923. It presents a comprehensive picture of religion in America at the turn of the century"--Databases page.
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Association of Religion Data Archives : ARDA
Description:  Provides data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations, and denominations). Includes interactive map and membership reports of religious congregations, adherents, and rates of adherence, searchable by state, county, and metropolitan area. Also provides the 2004 General Social Survey, the National Congregational Study, and over 190 other studies. Offers background information, survey questions (codebook), keyword searching of all data files, and applications to create custom surveys and maps using many variables.
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ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
Description:  The ATLA Religion Database is a comprehensive database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. The file contains citations from international titles and 13,000 multi-author works in and related to the field of religion. It also includes a full range of index citations to journal articles, essays in multi-author works, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects from ATLA's print indexes: Religion Index One (RIO), Religion Index Two (RIT), and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (IBRR). Though coverage is from 1949 to the present, not all publications began in 1949.
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Baha'i reference library
Description:  The Bahá;í Reference Library is an agency of the Bahá'í International Community, a non-governmental organization that represents and encompasses the worldwide membership of the Bahá'í Faith.
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Biblical Archaeology Society online archive
Description:  Contains the content of selected journals and books published by the Biblical Archaeology Society. Includes each issue of the magazines Biblical archaeology review, Bible review, and Archaeology odyssey, and the content of five books. The site allows users to browse the entire corpus of material and perform Boolean searches by title, author, subject, word, issue, or date range in any combination.
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C19, the nineteenth century index
Description:  C19 indexes publications, including books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers, and archives, of the Anglo-American World, 1790-1919. You may search the entire index and thus all the resources contained within it, or limit your search to one of the individual resources included in the database.
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Calvin, works and correspondence
Description:  The Works and Correspondence of John Calvin contains a) Institutes of the Christian Religion, translated by Ford Lewis Battles, published by Westminster Press, 1960; b) Tracts and Treatises (3 vols.), translated by Henry Beveridge, originally published by the Calvin Translation Society (Edinburgh) in 1851, republished with additional material (not included here) by Wm. B. Eerdman's in 1958; c) Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.), edited by Dr. Jules Bonnet, translated by David Constable, originally published in 1855-57 (Edinburgh: T. Constable; London: Hamilton, Adams) and reprinted in 1972 by Burt Franklin. Page numbers for b) and c) in the database refer to the Eerdman's and Franklin editions.
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Cambridge companions complete collection
Description:  Cambridge Collections Online offers subject- or theme-based collections of content within a cross-searchable online environment. The Complete Cambridge Companions is available as a complete collection and as three sub-collections comprising the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture and now the Companions in Music. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication.
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Canterbury dictionary of hymnology
Description:  "The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is the public launch of the 'impossible task' - the replacement for the Dictionary of Hymnology produced by John Julian in 1892, with a supplement in 1907. The Dictionary is the result of ten years' research by a team of editors headed by Professor J.R. Watson, University of Durham, UK, and Dr Emma Hornby, University of Bristol, UK. It is an essential reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary. It will be of interest to literary scholars, musicians, church historians, and theologians, and a delight for those who love the hymn as an art form." - Homepage
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Catholic periodical and literature index
Description:  Includes indexed citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.
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Codex Sinaiticus : experience the oldest Bible
Description:  Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript--the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity--is of supreme importance for the history of the book.
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Contemporary American religion
Description:  "This excellent source furnishes students and scholars with information on contemporary religion, personalities, and popular topics from Fundamentalist Christianity to feng shui."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.
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Digital library of classic Protestant texts
Description:  A resource for historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts gives researchers immediate, Web-based access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.
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Digital library of the Catholic reformation
Description:  Transcriptions and facsimiles of documents, including papal and synodal decrees, catechisms and inquisitorial manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises and systems, liturgical writings, saints' lives, and devotional works by Catholic authors of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Dissertations & theses
Description:  Includes citations for over 2.7 million dissertations and theses from around the world, ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Where available, PQDT provides twenty-four page previews. More than 1.2 million are available for download in PDF format.
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Encyclopaedia Judaica
Description:  Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers and students.
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Encyclopaedia of Islam
Description:  Provides access to the 2nd ed., enhanced by the inclusion of an Index of proper names and an Index of subjects, and the ongoing 3rd ed.
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Encyclopedia mythica
Description:  "Encyclopedia Mythica is an online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legends. It currently contains over 6,100 entries on gods and goddesses, heroes, legendary creatures and beings from all over the world." --About page.
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Encyclopedia of American religions
Description:  Comprehensive coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information is presented in two distinct sections, essays and directory listings describing the historical development of religious families and providing factual information about each group within those families. Includes, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.
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Encyclopedia of philosophy
Description:  Containing material from hundreds of highly distinguished contributors representing the world's top universities and institutions, the second edition has a truly global perspective. It contains more than 2,100 entries -- including more than 450 new articles. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more. Additionally, the second edition also features 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.
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Encyclopedia of religion
Description:  The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.
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Encyclopedia of science and religion
Description:  A multidisciplinary approach that addresses all aspects of the dialogue between the sciences and the world's religions, reaching into the humanities as well as into the physical sciences and technology. Examines controversial issues such as human cloning and stem cell research long with more traditional questions such as the origins of life, the nature of sin, and the philosophy of science and religion.
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Hymnary.org : a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals
Description:  "A comprehensive index of 5,042 hymnals, 1,040,060 published hymns, scores and media files, and information from sources such as Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, hymnal handbooks, and experts in the field. "--From home page.
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Index religiosus : international bibliography of theology, church history and religious studies
Description:  "The new reference bibliography for academic publications in Theology, Religious Studies and Church History. More than 565,000 bibliographic records. Initial information drawn from the bibliography of the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique and the Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. 20,000 new records every year."--Publisher's website. After clicking the link, click the "Enter databases" button and then select from the list to access the database.
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Index to Jewish periodicals
Description:  Index to Jewish Periodicals is the definitive index on Jewish history, activity and thought. This database provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 160 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. Titles include Contemporary Jewry, Holy Land Studies, Jewish Culture & History, Journal of Palestine Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and many more. Most references are not found in standard periodical literature guides. Index to Jewish Periodicals is intended for students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern affairs. Journal coverage dates back as far as 1988.
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Journal of Southern religion : JSR
Description:  A scholarly journal devoted to the study of religion in the American South. The Journal of Southern Religion is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal reflecting the best traditions of objective and critical scholarship.
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JSTOR
Description:  Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.
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Medieval sources bibliography : an annotated bibliography of printed and online primary sources for the Middle Ages
Description:  A searchable bibliography of texts from the Middle Ages. The database provides annotated entries that include information on the genre, contents, archival reference and original language of the text, as well as whether the publication includes a translation, introduction, appendices, glossary, and index. Where appropriate, the bibliography also includes hyperlinks to sources that are online.
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Melton's encyclopedia of American religions
Description:  Covers numerous North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada. Includes essays and directory listings describing the historical development of religious families and providing factual information about each group within those families. Provides, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.
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Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States
Description:  Issues for 1865- include index.
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Minutes of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
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Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, with an appendix ...
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New Catholic encyclopedia
Description:  The reference work is prized for its scholarly presentation of persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities. Topics include abortion, divorce, cloning, and reproductive technologies. In addition to the hundreds of new, signed articles on a wide variety of topics, this edition also features biographies of contemporary religious figures, thousands of photos, maps, and illustrations, and completely updated bibliographical citations. The 15th volume is a cumulative index to the entire encyclopedia.
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New Testament abstracts
Description:  Includes indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-authored books, book reviews, and biblical software programs. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. The capability to search by specific scripture passages is useful.
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Old Testament abstracts
Description:  Includes indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) studies. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. The capability to search by specific scripture passages is useful.
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Oxford bibliographies online (Biblical studies)
Description:  Oxford Bibliographies Online is an entirely new type of online resource: a library of authoritative, discipline-focused, online guides to the essential literature in subjects across the humanities and social sciences. Each module is a dynamic bibliographic tool containing a hierarchical body of interwoven entries designed to help students and scholars move through the most important scholarship, commentary, and resources in a specific area of research. This module offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on Biblical studies, including perspectives from fields ranging from archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, and linguistics through textual, historical, and sociological studies, to literary theory, feminism, philosophy, and theology. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. Contains a "My OBO" function that allows users to create personalized bibliographies of individual citations from different bibliographies.
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Oxford classical dictionary
Description:  For almost half a century, The Oxford Classical Dictionary has been regarded as the unrivalled one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Graeco-Roman world. It provides both scholars and non-specialists with a comprehensive source of reference which aims to answer all their questions about the classical world. Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.
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Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church
Description:  Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics.
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Oxford handbook of Holocaust studies
Description:  Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. The persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subject of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines and a touchstone of public and intellectual discourse - including politics, ethics and religion - at the start of the twenty-first century. Forward-looking and multi-disciplinary, this Handbook is thematically divided into five broad sections: Enablers, Protagonists, Settings, Representations, and Aftereffects. It draws on the work of an international team of over forty outstanding scholars.
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Oxford handbooks online (Religion)
Description:  Oxford Handbooks in Religion brings together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking on a range of major topics in religion. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students. Monthly updates add online-first and online-only content that covers the most recent developments in the field.
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Past masters
Description:  Searchable collection of classic texts in philosophy, literature, and the sciences. Includes collected dialogues of Plato, complete works of Aristotle, collected works of Thomas Aquinas, and others. Employs Folio VIEWS, a text management program that offers view processing, text searching and retrieval, and hypertext linking.
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Patrologia Latina database : the full text database
Description:  A full-text electronic version of the Latin portion of the Patrologiae Cursus Completus, published by nineteenth-century ecclesiastical publisher Jacques-Paul Migne. Its 221 volumes cover the works of the Latin Fathers, from Tertullian in 200 A.D. to Pope Innocent III in 1216. After clicking the link, click the "Enter databases" button and then select from the list to access the database.
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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Description:  The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.
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Philosopher's index
Description:  Provides indexing and abstracts of "scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews. The database covers the fifteen fields of philosophy: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. The Philosopher's Index contains research published since 1940 including nearly 570 journals from 43 countries with content representing a variety of languages."--Database information page.
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Project Muse
Description:  Provides full-text online access to all journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Disciplines covered are humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
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RAMBI : The index of articles on Jewish studies = Reshimat maʾamarim be-madaʻe ha-Yahadut
Description:  A bibliography of scholarly articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Some full text articles are available. Based on the print publication by the same title (ceased publication in 2000). Text in English, Hebrew, and various European languages. Provides a link to the JNUL home page.
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Religion and philosophy collection
Description:  Covers such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Offers more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the database. The majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1975.
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Religious and theological abstracts
Description:  Provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. Database lists a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages. Indexes and abstracts articles in the fields of sociology, anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology, and urban studies. Coverage also includes policy issues in areas such as aging, violence, abuse and neglect, crisis intervention, urban development, and development policy.
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Research in ministry online
Description:  Research in Ministry (RIM) indexes and abstracts projects and theses from over 100 Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). RIM is a searchable database with entries for authors, titles, thesis/project advisors, schools, and ATLA subject headings. Abstracts can be searched by keyword. The database also supports Boolean and proximity searches as well as nested searches and wildcards. Links have also been added to records for schools that also participate in the Theological Research Exchange Network. RIM online supersedes Research in Ministry previously issued in print format covering the years 1981/83-1998. The database cumulates the print version and is updated quarterly. After clicking the link, click the "Enter RIM" button to access the database.
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Wesley Center online : Wesley Center for Applied Theology
Description:  Offers a list of works by and about English religious leader John Wesley (1702-1791), the founder of the Methodist Church. Provides access to sites about Wesley and electronic publications of works by Wesley and related clergy.
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World religion database : international religious demographic statistics and sources
Description:  "The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050. The WRD also contains a feedback mechanism so that users can leave comments on sources or methodology related to any figure reported in the WRD. In addition, the WRD will be constantly updated with new sources of data as they become available, such as estimates of religious affiliation at the province level within countries and religious freedom information for all countries."
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World religions
Description:  The Times World Religions presents a fully-comprehensive survey of the origins, developments, beliefs and distribution of the world's religions. Full-colour maps, pictures and a thorough yet accessible text combine to form a unique global overview of human faith and a key to understanding its role in the modern world.
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World religions reference library
Description:  A thorough, objective resource covering the history, traditions and worldviews of dominant and less prominent religions and their sects and offshoots.
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