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Understaidn g World Religions

Encountering World Religions


Concise Dictionary of Religion


Understading World Religions(UWR) won the Christianity Today award of Merit for 2012. It is an academic textbook that can also be read by anyone intersested in knowing more about world religions. Read some reviews and endorsments of UWR. It you teach in a College or University you can then Zondervan's Textbook Plus to see the teaching resources for this book.


Encountering World Religion (EWR) is a popular introduction to world religions written for Christians. To learn more about the book click here or on the image. Or read the first review it has received. The review is from Midwest Bookwatch.

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Underestanding Cults and New Religions


Now you can supplement your reading with a video course taught by Irving Hexham. To find out more click here.

You can find free books and articles on the Understanding World Religions Website. It has links to a large collection of public domaine works in pdf format that are available for free

Download your free pdf copy of Understanding Cults and New Religions in pdf format.  

Atoms and Ancestors


Video Talks
Watch Irving discuss various aspects of Religious studies:

On Ninian Smart ...

Why write another book on religion

On African Religions

Christiantiy and yoga

Prejudice against Muslims


New Religions and the Nazis


Download a free pdf version of Rev. Fred Welbourn's Atoms and Ancestors gift of his wife Dr. Hebe Welbourn. This is probably the best introduction to African religions available to students.


Download a free pdf copy of Karla Poewe's
New Religions and the Nazis


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The 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. in 2014, took me back to my first visit to Berlin in 1962. Here are copies of the first magazine article in which  I was quoted and my own  first published article. Read: Divided City from Link-Up the magazine of the North Western Gas Board in England and Christianity in Eastern Europe from the Cheadle Parish Magazine.





Soviet WAr Memorial 1962Brandenburg Gate 1962Over the Wall

  Berlin 1962 - The Soviet War Memorial, Treptowerdam. Brandenburg Gate, and a look over the Wall into the East  

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Karla Poewe doing research

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All text and graphics are protected by copyright, 1995, 1999. Permission to reproduce material found on this Web Site must be obtained from the appropriate copyright owner. World religions graphic by Roberta Polfus, from Irving Hexham's Concise Dictionary of Religion, InterVarsity Press, Carol Stream, 1994.