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The Penguin Dictionary of Religions (Dictionary, Penguin) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0140512618
ISBN-10: 0140512616
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About the Author

John Hinnells is Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Derby. He has edited WHO'S WHO OF RELIGIONS and THE PENGUIN HANDBOOK OF LIVING RELIGIONS, both for Penguin. He is currently working on THE PENGUIN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANCIENT RELIGIONS.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 2nd edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140512616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140512618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Penguin Dictionary of Religions Second Edition by John R. Hinnells is a decent Reference book that gives adequate and basic definitions on various religious topics. This reference book is a good starting point for a young person just venturing out in their study of religion.
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Although this book calls itself a dictionary of religions, it also includes information on various terms used by the religions it talks about. It left out the Assemblies of God denomination to my annoyance, but did refer to them in it's entry on Pentacostals. The feel of the pages was wretched, that kind that makes it feel like your nails are scratching on chalkboard, so I rarely pick it up. It has some black and white maps inside, but they are printed onto the page rather then being the glossy type, and are not in color of course. Another problem I had is that it implies in various parts of the book that Earth is billions or millions of years old which of course is ridiculous (see Answers in Genesis or Why I Don't Believe which you can find via a link in my blog).
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