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50 religious ideas you really need to know

50 religious ideas you really need to know

Stanford, Peter, 1961-

Written by Peter Stanford, this is a guide to the most important ideas in world religion. Topics covered include good and evil, life and death, reformation, papacy, saints and sinners, Anglicanism, Presbyterians, Islamis, Confucianism, Taoism, and spirituality

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Quercus, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Stanford
ISBN: 1848660596, 9781848660595
Physical Description: 208 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Religion.
Alternative Title: Fifty religious ideas you really need to know


  1. Introduction.
  2. Common Ground: The God-shaped hole; Sacred texts; Good and evil; Life and death; The Golden Rule; Rites and rituals.
  3. Christianity: The life of Christ; God and Mammon; Reformation; The papacy; Guilt and misogyny; The Holy Spirit; Saints and Sinners; Orthodoxy.
  4. The Reformed Tradition: Luther and his successors; Anglicanism; Methodism; Baptists; Presbyterians; Sects and cults; Rapture.
  5. Judaism: Being Jewish; Jewish rites of passage; Kabbalah; Anti-Semitism.
  6. Islam: The birth of Islam; The Pillars of Islam; Sunni and Shi'a; The heart of Islam; Militant Islam.
  7. Eastern Traditions: The many faces of Hinduism; Hindu worship; Samsara; Jainism; Sikhism; Buddha and the Bodhi tree; Schools of Buddhism; Buddhist wheel of life; Confucianism; Confucius and the Communists; Taoism; Shintoism.
  8. Modern Dilemmas: Contemporary credos; Religion and science; Atheism; Stewards of creation; The just war; The missionary impulse; Spirituality; The future of religion.
  9. Glossary.
  10. Index.

Author note

Peter Stanford is a former editor of the Catholic Herald (1988-1992), and now writes for a variety of papers including the Independent on Sunday, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Tablet.

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The God-shaped hole.

Sacred texts.

Good and evil.

Life and death.

The Golden Rule.

Rites and rituals.

The life of Christ.

God and Mammon.


The papacy.

Guilt and misogyny.

The Holy Spirit.

Saints and Sinners.


Luther and his successors.





Sects and cults.


Being Jewish.

Jewish rites of passage.



The birth of Islam.

The Pillars of Islam.

Sunni and Shi'a.

The heart of Islam.

Militant Islam.

The many faces of Hinduism.

Hindu worship.




Buddha and the Bodhi tree.

Schools of Buddhism.

Buddhist wheel of life.


Confucius and the Communists.



Contemporary credos.

Religion and science.


Stewards of creation.

The just war.

The missionary impulse.


The future of religion.