Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

19. How does religion spread and what is its appeal?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Sarah Dees [+-]
Iowa State University
Sarah Dees is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. Her first book, a history of Smithsonian research on Native American religions, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.


Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Dees, Sarah. 19. How does religion spread and what is its appeal?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 77-80 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 02 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32991. Aug 2017

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