Item description for Religion for Dummies (For Dummies) by Marc Gellman & Thomas Hartman...
Overview A rabbi and a priest, the hosts of a daily TV talk show, explore the role of religion in everyday life, describe the various beliefs and practices of the major religions of the world, offer advice on how to deal with daily life issues and major passages in one's life, and explain how to join a religion and find one's own spiritual path. Original.
Publishers Description "Why are we here? How should we live? What happens after we die? Why does evil exist?"
"Religion For Dummies" explains how the world's great religions answer questions that persist through generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are trusted religious advisors known as the God Squad. With wonderful wit and incredible wisdom, they host a daily talk show which reaches nearly 4 million homes in the New York area, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.
This book is not a scholarly theological treatise; it's a lively, practical, hands-on resource that will help you better understand your own religion and others. You'll explore: Religion's role in the family and in the workplaceThe beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religionsReligion's impact during major passages in life such as birth, death, and marriageHow to join a religion and how to prayHow religion can help you deal with issues in every day life such as conflict, adversity, marriage, divorce, and moreReligious rituals and ethics
"Religion for Dummies" touches on lesser-known religions (such as, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism). It explores how people of various faiths pray, celebrate life and death, and view moral issues. The book does not tell you what to believe, but rather encourages you to live as you believe and let your religion infuse every aspect of your life. It doesn't give simple answers to haunting, complex questions; it helps you find your own answers and pursue your own spiritual path
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher For Dummies
Series For Dummies
ISBN 0764552643 ISBN13 9780764552649 UPC 785555031135
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More About Marc Gellman & Thomas Hartman
Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman host cable TV's The God Squad and appear frequently on Good Morning America and Imus in the Morning. They have written several children's books on religion.
Marc Gellman currently resides in Melville, in the state of New York.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Religion for Dummies?
Simple but good Feb 9, 2007
I like this book.
It seems brief, but has core materials for comprehending religions.
About one member of the "God Squad" Apr 22, 2005
Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman are quite a team. Overcoming barriers, showing how Christians and Jews can get along in quite a jolly way. Except that there seems to be an ugly and bigoted underside to the dynamic duo. I just heard Rabbi Marc Gellman on the TV commenting on the election of Pope Benedict. He closed with the witty remark that he didn't think that "being Torquemada's successor" was the best qualification for being Pope. Isn't ecumenism partly about increasing mutual understanding and dispelling falsehoods and stereotypes? The fact is that Pope Benedict is no sense the successor of Torquemada. Ratzinger was Prefect of the "Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith". That body was created in the 1960s after Vatican II to replace the "Holy Office", which in turn was the historical successor of the "Roman Inquisition". Torquemada was the infamous head of the Spanish Inquisition, an insitution completely distinct from the Roman Inquisition in its origin, structure, and methods. It shows great historical ignorance to confuse the two. Moreover, as a young theologian Joseph Ratzinger famously called for the abolition of the "Holy Office". By recklessly tossing about vicious and unfounded allegations against the character of the head of another religion Rabbi Gellman shows himself to be a sometime ecumenist. Shame on him.
A difficult subject Sep 14, 2004
This book is taking on an enormous subject and has made a brave effort at giving a brief explanation of many religions and more details on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. BUT! and it is a big but... in trying to give more information on just a couple of faiths it fails to give a proper, balanced, realistic picture. For example: the Christianity side heavily emphasises the Roman Catholic beliefs - the different Protestant beliefs are but lightly touched on and Anglicanism (Church of England - which is one of the world's biggest Protestant churches) is not mentioned at all. Some of the information is rather odd: for example it is claimed that Protestant Christians rarely celebrate the Eucharist. Well, not in my experience: in the UK most churches celebrate it several times a week! The same criticism can be levelled at the description of Judaism: reading this book one would never guess how radically different the various Jewish groups are (and how much they are often daggers drawn too). And ditto Islam. I accept that I am going to see this book differently from an American reader but I could not see why the other religions were so lightly touched on. In the UK there is a substantial population of Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs: I had expected this book to give more information about these faiths and to expand my knowledge of them. It didn't. This book is too heavily orientated towards 'The Big Three' and there are other, better books that cover these. I was pleased to see that Native American faiths were lightly touched on and a hint was given about Australian Aboriginal beliefs. As I was aware from my own studies of several spectacular errors and a lot of small misunderstandings (which I accept are inevitable on such a subject) I became doubtful of the veracity of a lot of this book and did not feel that it expanded my knowledge of religion one iota. Why was the book not written by persons of the various faiths and then edited to match the 'Dummies' format rather than wholly written by a Rabbi and a Catholic Priest? The different faiths are not dealt with in separate chapters but mixed up all together: following a thread to get an overall picture of one religion is not particularly easy or obvious. This book has made a brave attempt to cover a huge subject but the accuracy, detail and layout fail. Still, it would give someone with no knowledge of any faith to get a vague idea of what is what.
Should be required reading - in my humble opinion Jul 11, 2003
First of all, I'm not a reader, but I was compelled to purchase and read this book after "The God Squad" appeared on Imus in the Morning on WFAN/MSNBC. I'm glad I purchased the book and here's why: This book breaks the major religeons down to fundamental basics that the layperson can understand. After reading this book, I'm surprised there isn't more religeous strife going on in the world due to the sheer differences in beliefs and theological structures.
I've always been fascinated by religeon, especially since I am of the scientific/realist wing. I am, however, glad I spent the hours I did digesting this material. For the few bucks it costs - not a bad bargain.
I know other reviews are much more eloquent than this, but I wanted to toss my two cents in and give this book a "thumbs up"!
A Handy Reference Nov 28, 2002
If you are looking for a theology course, you'll be disappointed but if you have questions about the world's major religions, Rabbi Gellman and Monsigneur Hartman have done a fine job providing the answers. Those reviewers critical of the authors' Judeo-Christian viewpoint are forgetting something - these guys are a Jew and a Christian. You expected them to write from the perspective of a frog worshiper?