1st Edition

The World's Religions Continuities and Transformations

Edited By Peter B. Clarke, Peter Beyer Copyright 2009

    This comprehensive volume focuses on the world's religions and the changes they have undergone as they become more global and diverse in form.  It explores the religions of the world not only in the regions with which they have been historically associated, but also looks at the new cultural and religious contexts in which they are developing. It considers the role of migration in the spread of religions by examining the issues raised for modern societies by the increasing interaction of different religions. The volume also addresses such central questions as the dynamics of religious innovation which is evidenced in the rise and impact of new religious and new spirituality movements in every continent.

    Introduction, Contributors, Alphabetical list of entries, Entries A–Z, Index


    Clarke, Peter B.; Beyer, Peter

    'Recommended' - Choice

    'The thrust of this reference work is to reflect and understanding continuity and transformation and it does this well' -- Reference Reviews

    'There is food for thought here for the most emphatic of theists and atheists and the book is a useful addition to the thinking of anyone int he field, and to libraries serving their needs.' -- Reference Reviews


    'a vademecum for students, scholars, and all those interested in ‘institutional’ and ‘voluntary’ religious orders, to borrow from Troeltsch, in their historical and contemporary archetypes.' -- Amidu Olalekan Sanni, Lagos State University