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World Religions
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The purpose of this website and the book Understaning World Religions is it to help people understand both their own religion and that of others. . Each section of the site contains links to audio recordings, books, internet resources, and videos.

Video of the month: Karla Poewe on Nazi Religion.

understanding world religions

Download a free pdf copy of The Concise Dictionary of Religion.

Concise Dictionary of Religion

Other free books in pdf format can be found: here.

Canadian talk show host Dave Ruthrford discusses the book here.

Dave Rutherford

Take a look at the book's: academic endorsements or read some academic and blog reviews of Understanding World Religions.

Humboldt University Religion and theology Library

To read the introduciton and first chapter of this book click here.

To buy the book click here.

Errata - known typos in Understanding World Religions.

Instructors can visit Textbook Plus to see the teaching resources for this work.

Other resources for are available here.


To see some short videos about different chapters of the book click here.


In 2012 Understanding World Religions won a book award from Christianity Today

CT Award

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All texts and graphics on Understanding World Religions are protected by copyright, 1995, 199, 2011. Permission to reproduce material found on this Web Site must be obtained from the appropriate copyright owner. World religions graphic by Christopher Tobias from Irving Hexham's Understanding World Religions, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2012, and Roberta Polfus, from the Concise Dictionary of Religion, InterVarsity Press, Carol Stream, 1994.