World Religions (English and Spanish Edition)

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9780751302615: World Religions (English and Spanish Edition)

This study of the world's religions takes a visual approach. All aspects are covered: the origins, history and key figures of a faith, as well as its central themes, beliefs, iconography and practises. Introductory text sets the scene for each image and explains its significance within the faith it represents. Supporting text gives concise explanations of major themes and popular stories. Detailed analysis of each image helps explain the symbolism and meaning within it. The introduction compares and contrasts the themes and beliefs of the major religions and gives an overview of the ancient religions that moulded many current faiths. As well as religious imagery and iconography, the guide includes depictions and explanations of non-representational religious art, such as Islamic architecture.

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John Bowker was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1984 to 1991 and is currently a Fellow of Gresham College, London and Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He is also Adjunct Professor of Religion at North Carolina State University. Professor Bowker's many books include the DK titles God: A Brief History and The Complete Bible Handbook. He lives in Cambridge.

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Bowker (divinity, Gresham Coll., London) has produced two very different books, though both are focused on world religion. The Oxford Dictionary, whose entries often lack information on etymology and pronunciation, is actually a one-volume desktop encyclopedia for ready reference. Combining brevity of exposition with a massive number of entries in an attempt to be dictionary-like, the work suffers from trying to be comprehensive in breadth of coverage instead of depth. The psychology of religion is discussed in a half-page, for instance, and the Church Fathers get only two sentences. In addition, the entries are uneven in quality; one has the feeling that the 80 contributors are each writing according to his or her own personal interests and styles. Despite these idiosyncracies, the work is a solid reference source for people who want to know only the barest of facts about any religious topic. In World Religions, on the other hand, one has the feeling that Bowker, now the author, is finally freed to range over what he wants to say and how he wants to say it. This book is a bold attempt to meld religious information with expressive art and to use the art as a tool for pedagogy. Each religion is represented by a few brilliantly illustrated icons, paintings, or sculptures, which the author painstakingly annotates to illuminate their theologies and deepen one's insight. Whether he is using Michelangelo's Final Judgment to explain Christian eschatology or a handscroll of Chou Ch'en to explain Taoist concepts of immortality, the emphasis upon the visual makes these religions vibrant and intriguing. There are surprising discrepancies between the two works. World Religions has generous discussions of the ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse, and Celtic religions, topics not even included in the Oxford Dictionary. There are also variations of names. Ultimately, World Religions is the more commendable publication, though both books are recommended for most libraries.?Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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John Bowker
Editorial: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (1997)
ISBN 10: 0751302619 ISBN 13: 9780751302615
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Descripción Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd, 1997. Gebundene Ausgabe. Estado de conservación: Neu. Gebraucht - Sehr gut ungelesen, sehr guter Zustand; Rechnung mit MwSt.; unused/unread, very good condition; - This study of the world's religions takes a visual approach. All aspects are covered: the origins, history and key figures of a faith, as well as its central themes, beliefs, iconography and practises. Introductory text sets the scene for each image and explains its significance within the faith it represents. Supporting text gives concise explanations of major themes and popular stories. Detailed analysis of each image helps explain the symbolism and meaning within it. The introduction compares and contrasts the themes and beliefs of the major religions and gives an overview of the ancient religions that moulded many current faiths. As well as religious imagery and iconography, the guide includes depictions and explanations of non-representational religious art, such as Islamic architecture. 192 pp. Englisch. Nº de ref. de la librería INF1100251339

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