World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy

From ABC-CLIO, World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy makes research on faith and belief across humanity easier and enables a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing us in the 21st century.

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Content Includes

  • More than 50 religion overviews covering topics such as agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Shinto
  • Peer-reviewed essays on long-standing or current debates that allow readers to examine and learn from professional scholars in the field of religion
  • Thousands of primary sources, including images, videos, and documents
  • Regularly updated feature stories that examine the role of religion in current events
  • New reference content added daily
  • User-friendly interface and faceted searching for fast and powerful refinement of search results

Awards include:

  • 2013 Best Multi-Level Social Studies Website (EDDIE) - ComputEd Gazette
  • 2012 Best Education Reference Solutions Award (CODiE) - SIIA
  • 2012 Best Education Software Award, World Religions Website (BESSIE) - ComputEd Gazette

Engaging Essays and Overviews 

Available in both academic and school versions, World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy contains thousands of authoritative reference items from leading experts, all specifically written to enhance student research and understanding. Engaging scholarly essays present multiple perspectives on enduring dilemmas to provide students with models of sound critical thinking. Topics include matters of belief, practice, celebrations, and holidays; important individuals and events; significant and sacred places; and much more.

The advisor for this collection of dynamic, regularly updated content is J. Gordon Melton, PhD, author of more than 40 scholarly texts and reference books on the topic of religion, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University in Texas.