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by Gerald McDermott

  • Author: Gerald McDermott
  • ISBN: 0801071607
  • ISBN13: 978-0801071607
  • ePub: 1183 kb | FB2: 1901 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Pages: 144
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions, The: What Every Christian Needs to Know (Baker Pocket Guides To...) ePub download

But he does include a glossary (which is helpful) and some recommended books for each religion.

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This book makes a solid contribution to the evangelical theology of religions. Leaving aside the issue of the fate of the unevangelized, it leads us to expect to learn from people of other faiths and not suppose that they have nothing to teach us. What a gracious and open spirit this message frees us to have. Clark H. Pinnock, professor of theology, McMaster Divinity College). Evangelicals have been wary of engaging at any depth with faiths other than Christianity.

The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions by Gerald McDermott may be small, but it provides all the information Christians need to get a basic understanding of the major world religions. The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions: What Every Christian Needs to Know" is a crash course in the faiths of the world so that Christians may better understand the world around them. With an essay from a speaker from each of the many faiths of the world, today's spiritual leaders, customs and traditions of each, and more

p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. I am appreciative of the adult VBS class at St. John Lutheran Church in Roanoke, whose members. TERM Fall '14. TAGS Hinduism, The Bible, World Religions, India.

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An Indispensable Introduction Gerald R. McDermott. This book is dedicated to my excellent friend and coauthor, one of the best oncologists in the world, Bill Fintel. He has helped me think about and write this and many other books. 2011 by Gerald R. p. ISBN 978-0-8010-7160-7 (pb.

Did you know that about half of the world's population is either Muslim or Christian? .

Did you know that about half of the world's population is either Muslim or Christian? Or that atheists comprise only 2 percent of the world population-and that number is shrinking? Our world is one of faith, and increasingly readers both inside and outside the church want to know about other religions. Intended for busy people who want a quick overview of the world's major faiths, The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions is a succinct, affordable resource

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Did you know that about half of the world's population is either Muslim or Christian? Or that atheists comprise only 2 percent of the world population--and that number is shrinking? Our world is one of faith, and increasingly readers both inside and outside the church want to know about other religions. Intended for busy people who want a quick overview of the world's major faiths, The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions is a succinct, affordable resource. This illustrated and fact-filled guide puts the answers at readers' fingertips and sheds light on our rapidly shrinking world. It also provides a brief Christian analysis of each world religion.
Laitchai
Gerald R. McDermott is a prolific writer and Anglican priest. He has earned several secondary degrees, one of which is from a Baptist seminary, despite his Anglican position. He currently holds the Anglican Chair of Divinity of History and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School. Prior to this office he was the Professor of Religion at Roanoke college. His extensive writing includes theology, history, and religion. This particular book is small in size and titled “pocket guide,” which makes it convenient for quick use and research.
The introduction to the book has been well written and begins with a time line identifying the beginning of each religion. The introduction is quite impressive, not only does he outline the book, but he also answers the very important question, “why study religion?” (9) Included in the introduction is a demographic of the world religions. McDermott explains the importance of learning other religions, and in a systematic way. The values of learning other religions are listed as follows, “learn about your world, effective witness, understanding your own faith, be
a better disciple, and working with others.” (12-15) He concludes with an overview explaining that the book will be succinct in nature and explains the exact same questions that will be asked in each chapter. The questions are, “what is the ultimate concern? (This means the final goal adherents are seeking.), What is this religions view of reality? (God or the gods, are they real? What are they like? Can they help us? The human self, what is the human nature? For example, is it bad, created, divine? The physical world, is it real, eternal or created, bad or good?) What is the basic human problem? How is the basic human problem resolved?” (16) These charts are helpful for a succinct
explanation of the basic foundation of each religion.
The religions discussed within the book are Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, Christianity, Shinto, and Islam. In addition to the previous mentioned chart are additional charts that specify god’s, leaders, and rituals of each religion. Each chart is useful in a better understanding. One more chart includes a testimony of a follower within each religion. This is interesting as each individual comments on their own personal experience. However, where there is one testimony it lacks the diversity of each denomination within the religion. Since
the book was intended to be concise it is clear that there was no room for more than one testimony. Perhaps an appendix would be more suitable to appropriate such an addition.
The book is informative and McDermott shares enough information for the reader to understand the basics. If more is necessary for the reader McDermott does include titles for further reading. It is unclear why McDermott used the testimony of Catholics in the Christianity
section, a bit of disappointment. An example of the above mentioned discrepancy of using only one person as a representative of each
religion. But, he does provide a narrow view of the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. Within the conclusion of the book he contrasts the liberal and conservative Christian, an unexpected explanation.
In the last chapter, titled “Two Common Questions,” he provides answers. The questions, “should we evangelize people in other religions? And, can we learn from other religions?
(133-135) He believes so, and writes concerning the first question, “now by evangelism I don’t mean proselytizing, which is often coercive,
rude and insensitive. No, true evangelism is when we take the time to make a lasting friendship, listen to our friend’s perspective, offer loving help where it is needed, and humbly and respectfully share the gospel when the Spirit opens the door-not before.” (134) In response to the second question he shared the testimony of a young Muslim man who demonstrated bravery despite probable critics. This young man inspired McDermott. (137)
In the absolute conclusion of the book McDermott reminds readers that the enemy is not other people, but “sin, the flesh, and the devil… principalities and powers.” (138) He writes, “this means our witness as Christians to members of other religions should involve patient conversation not hostile argument, plenty of listening and befriending before any attempt to persuade.” (138) Due to the size of the book McDermott has only a listed a small bibliography. But he does include a glossary (which is helpful) and some recommended books for each religion.
Risa
I purchased this book to teach a Sunday School class on world religions. I bought some other sources as well, and had some text books from seminary. But I ended up using this book the most. It is as thorough as I'd imagine most SS teachers want to make their material, and goes as deep as most participants are willing to go that early on a Sunday morning. It's easy to read and each chapter is logically laid out. There are a few sidebars that deal with tangent subjects in the chapters, some of which I chose to research further in other resources. It is presented from a mildly evangelical perspective, so it worked well for a SS class. If someone were studying religions to determine what they believed, this would probably agitate them, unless they wished to know how Bible-believing Christians see other religions.
If you are looking for something that you can easily read (would be easy enough for high school students to ingest), and gives you a good overview, this would be a great choice.
Faegal
I found this an excellent source of current viewpoints. I used it as the core around which to build a series for an adult Sunday School class. This done after learning atheists and agnositics know more about Christianity and other world religions than Christians do according to a recent survey by Pew. Acknowledging we were only skimming the surface of the eight major religions, the study did provide a great overview and much food for discussion and expanding our understandings.
Otrytrerl
The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions by Gerald McDermott may be small, but it provides all the information Christians need to get a basic understanding of the major world religions. The book devotes separate chapters to Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, Christianity, Shinto, and Islam.

Each chapter describes the particular religion and explains its belief system. Sidebars provide additional interesting information on such topics as reincarnation, yoga, the differences between Catholics and Protestants, and The DaVinci Code. In addition, each chapter contains a testimony from a practioner of the faith. In the chapters on the non-monotheistic religions, McDermott provides comparisons to Christianity and/or an analysis of the religion from a Christian perspective. The final chapter is devoted to two questions: Should we evangelize people in other religions? and Can we learn from other religions? McDermott answers yes to both questions and uses this last chapter to explain how and why.

McDermott writes respectfully of each religion in a style that's clear and easy to understand. This book would make a great evangelistic tool and an excellent study guide for a small group or Sunday School class. When Paul met with the Greeks on Mars Hill, he brought with him a knowledge of their poets and gods that enabled him to connect with his listeners. In The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions, Gerald McDermott has given today's Christians a resource that, wisely used, can help them prepare for their own Mars Hill encounters.
Anazan
Dr. Gerald McDermott's latest book provides an amazing resource for Christians wanting both to know the basics of other world religions and to speak more personally to those religions in the light of Christ. McDermott helps the reader to see what's true and meaningful in each religion; every believer of every religion has something good to learn from the other. At the same time, he then provides an analysis of each religion from a Christian perspective. In this way, a Christian might engage in knowledgeable, positive conversations with persons of different faiths while always keeping an eye on those opportunities in the conversations to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe every Christian household needs this resource in order to engage the world better for the sake of Christ's love and truth.
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