Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

77. Can’t I just learn about religion in my church, mosque, or temple?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Brent A Smith [+-]
Grand Valley State University
Dr. Brent A. Smith is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Program at Grand Valley State University, a 25,000 student public university in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He received his Masters from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1983, his Doctorate from Meadville Theological School in 1984, and served Unitarian Universalist Churches for 26 years before coming to GVSU in 2010.


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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Smith, Brent. 77. Can’t I just learn about religion in my church, mosque, or temple?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 286-289 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 02 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33051. Aug 2017

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