Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. What does that mean? Few topics incite such passion as religion. Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

In Comparative Religion: Investigate the World through Religious Tradition, readers seek answers to these questions by comparing and contrasting the cultural, spiritual, and geographical underpinnings of five different religions. By developing a better understanding of the differences and similarities among religions of the world, readers gain a strong foothold in a dialogue that has continued for thousands of years.

Combining hands-on activities with theology, history, geography, world cultures, art, and architecture, Comparative Religions encourages deeper understanding of the world’s religions. Entertaining graphic art, fascinating sidebars, and links to primary sources illuminate the topic and bring it to life, while key questions reaffirm foundational concepts.

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  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

GRL W

Subjects

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • World History

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Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. What does that mean? Few topics incite such passion as religion. Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

In Comparative Religion: Investigate the World through Religious Tradition, readers seek answers to these questions by comparing and contrasting the cultural, spiritual, and geographical underpinnings of five different religions. By developing a better understanding of the differences and similarities among religions of the world, readers gain a strong foothold in a dialogue that has continued for thousands of years.

Combining hands-on activities with theology, history, geography, world cultures, art, and architecture, Comparative Religions encourages deeper understanding of the world’s religions. Entertaining graphic art, fascinating sidebars, and links to primary sources illuminate the topic and bring it to life, while key questions reaffirm foundational concepts.


Booklist
“The abstractions of religion make it a tricky topic for objective and clear middle-level resources, but this dynamic book manages to be both informative and accessible. . . By examining complex beliefs and doctrine in an accessible and reader-friendly format, Mooney effectively teases out the commonalities among major world religions.”

Kate Oxx, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Joseph’s University
Comparative Religions presents the basic elements of five religious traditions to help readers become familiar with and reflect on those faiths. Most importantly, it attends to ways the major faiths have shaped and are shaping their world, and cues them to note how tremendously significant the impact of religion is.”

Daniel Veidlinger, Professor, Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities, California State University, Chico
“This book is a very well executed, readable and accurate portrayal of the world’s major religions. Helpful website references allow students to learn more about the religions on the Internet, and a nicely illustrated cast of characters bring the issues to life. This book challenges students to really engage with the philosophy, history, and culture of the religions and it introduces them to a lot of new terms without overloading them.”

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“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another . . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”

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What is Religion?

Defining religion can be a difficult task. Often, our definition of religion is shaped by our family, experiences, traditions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and many other factors. Understanding these influences in your life can be helpful as you compare and contrast the five major religions in this book. Ask a group of friends or classmates to help you explore the definition of religion and discover how different your answers are.

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Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
GRL: W
Subjects: Ancient Civilizations, World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Booklist
“The abstractions of religion make it a tricky topic for objective and clear middle-level resources, but this dynamic book manages to be both informative and accessible. . . By examining complex beliefs and doctrine in an accessible and reader-friendly format, Mooney effectively teases out the commonalities among major world religions.”

Kate Oxx, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Joseph’s University
Comparative Religions presents the basic elements of five religious traditions to help readers become familiar with and reflect on those faiths. Most importantly, it attends to ways the major faiths have shaped and are shaping their world, and cues them to note how tremendously significant the impact of religion is.”

Daniel Veidlinger, Professor, Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities, California State University, Chico
“This book is a very well executed, readable and accurate portrayal of the world’s major religions. Helpful website references allow students to learn more about the religions on the Internet, and a nicely illustrated cast of characters bring the issues to life. This book challenges students to really engage with the philosophy, history, and culture of the religions and it introduces them to a lot of new terms without overloading them.”

Praise for Other Titles by Carla Mooney:

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA
Booklist
“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another . . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”


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What is Religion?

Defining religion can be a difficult task. Often, our definition of religion is shaped by our family, experiences, traditions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and many other factors. Understanding these influences in your life can be helpful as you compare and contrast the five major religions in this book. Ask a group of friends or classmates to help you explore the definition of religion and discover how different your answers are.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.