From Library Journal
Prolific comparative religion scholar Bowker here assembles a team of competent authors to survey religious history. The major religions get thoroughgoing treatment, with short introductions also given to the Zoroastrianism; the religions of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia; aboriginal religions; and new religious movements. Only Baha'i and Mormonism are truly scanted. Christianity receives a separate chapter as well as substantial treatment in chapters on Chinese, Korean, and Japanese religions, but Buddhism in those countries is dealt with only under Buddhism. Some of the articles include sections with a special focus, as in a discussion of women in the entry for Japanese Buddhism or the theme of universality in Christianity, but the overall approach varies from article to article. There is a chronology and basic bibliography, and extensive and helpful illustrations, mainly in color, set off the text without overwhelming it. This volume presents a large amount of information in an engaging way, offering much scholarly insight for the lay reader. It should, however, be used as a companion to other established general introductions to world religions, such as Huston Smith's The Illustrated World's Religions or The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. Useful for students, teachers, and general readers as an introduction to religious history, this work is recommended for public and college libraries. William P. Collins, Library of Congress
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"...a comprehensive, authoritative survey of world religions...a valuable resource for scholars, students, and the general public." Religious Studies Review
"This volume presents a large amount of information in an engaging way, offering much scholarly insight for the lay reader...Useful for students, teachers and general readers as an introduction to religious history, this work is recommended for public and college libraries." Library Journal
"Richly illustrated with copious, full-color photographs, this most recent volume in the ^Cambridge Illustrated History series certainly has visual appeal. Beyond aesthetics, this reference provides concise, but well-researched and informative narratives on the world's major belief systems. Presented in an accesible and attractive format, it will provide general readers and lower-division undergraduates with an elementary understanding of world religions." Choice