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This book provides a graphic panorama of the religions of the world, from earliest times to the present. It begins with The World's Religions Compared, a spectacular six-page gatefold chart enabling the reader to compare aspects of some hundred religions, their churches and off-shoots, their origins, geography, history, beliefs, methods of worship and much more. Accompanying this chart is The Geography of Belief, two large, full-colour world maps showing the origins, spread and histories of the religions, as well as the distribution of belief systems throughout the globe today. Following this is a section Comparing the World's Religions in terms of art, conflict and war, the priesthoods, etc; plus features on the founders of the great religions, heresies and doctrinal disputes, and great religious personalities. Then after an inter-faith Glossary, comes The Timeline of the World's Religions, an illustrated diagram running seamlessly over twenty-five pages chronicling the story of the world's religions, set in the context of secular history, and showing the developments of beliefs, the great thinkers and scholars, and the major events in the history of each faith.