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Understanding World Religions


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World Religions


The purpose of this website is to introduce and supplement Irving Hexham's Understaning World Religions (Zondervan, 2011) which was written to help people, esspecially Chrisitians and those from Christian backgrounds understand both their own religion and that of others. The website has three main sections: The first, this one, introduces the book Understanding World Religions and the academic study of religion. The second, found under the heading World Religions, deals with specific world religions. The third, is entitled books and texts on Christianity, this is provided because the majority of readers are likely to be people from Christian cultural backgrounds. Sections two and three entirely consist of open educational resources in the form of free classic texts that may be read online or downloaded in pdf format.

Concise Dictionary of Religion

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Understanding Cults and New Religions

Download a free pdf copy of The Concise Dictionary of Religion it will provide you with basic information and technical terms about various world religions.

To read reviews of Understanding World Religions and endorsements click on: reviews and endorsements.

Download a free copy of Irving Hexham and Karla Poewe's Understanding Cults and New Religions on cults and new religions.


To find out why Understanding World Religions was written click here. To read the introduction and first chapter click here.

Zondearvan has also produced a DVD to accompany the book. It encourages people to see different world religions as they are seen by members of a particular faith. The DVD is intended for use in churches as well as colleges and universities and provides a Christian perspective on the relationship of different religions to Christianity and how Christians relate to other religious traditions. You can find out more about it here: UnderstandingWorld Religions Video Lectures.

Hear Irving Hexham discuss Understanding World Religions on a secular radio broadcast with Dave Rutherford by clicking here or on the photo below:

Dave Rutherford

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Watch a video where Irving Hexham discusses his book Understanding World Religions.

world religions

Download a free copy of Fred Welbourn's classic work Atoms and Ancestors which is unuppassed.
Download a free pdf copy of Tom Paine's The Age of Reason. This is a daunting book, but essential reading for anyone wanting to understand modern unbelief.
Read some academic dictionaries and encyclopedias.Although published early in the 20th century these works contain many articles that remain valuable today.
atoms and ancestors

Tom Paine Age of Reason


  Now Visit the Vogelstein Press Website  
Vogelstein Press
This website was first created in 2011 as a basic website. It was extensively revised to the extent that it became a new website in 2014. At that time new sections of various world religions, links to classic texts, the sections on worldviews and the extended sections on Christianity were added. All texts and graphics on Understanding World Religions are protected by copyright, 1995, 199, 2011, 2014.Permission to reproduce material found on this Web Site must be obtained from the appropriate copyright owner. World religions graphic by Christopher Tobias from Irving Hexham's Understanding World Religions, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Concise Dictionary of Religion, InterVarsity Press, Carol Stream, 1994.