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The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion

The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-62-5
Pages 134
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Symon Hill.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist Publications™ Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2010.


The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion considers how religion has shaped our culture, and how our culture is shaping religion today.

"Religion" is a term that the media often use without any clarification. But it is a loaded word that encompasses hundreds of different beliefs. Religion can be seen as a source of war and peace, love and hate, dialogue and narrow-mindedness. The globalization of communications has raised awareness of religious conversion, with more people than ever before belonging to a different religious community than their parents.

This No-Nonsense Guide picks its way carefully through the minefield that is modern religion. It takes a clear-eyed view of the role of spirituality in human life – and of its sometimes negative effects.

  • Foreword by Ziauddin Sardar
  • Introduction
  • Talking about religion
  • A religious world
  • Questions of truth
  • Power and oppression
  • Resistance and liberation
  • An elusive freedom
  • Sacred violence, sacred peace
  • The future
  • Bibliography
  • Index
About the author: Symon Hill is a tutor in Practical Theology, a writer, a trainer, and an activist. He has written comment pieces for newspapers ranging from the Sunday Herald to the Daily Mail, and contributes regularly to the Guardian website.
" The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion takes the debate [about religion an secularism] to a higher, more rewarding and insightful level. It provides a balanced and astute account of the major religions of the world and their role in the daily lives of believers – who constitute most of the globe's inhabitants. It's an invitation for progressive politics to work hand in hand with religion to shape a better and more viable future for the whole of humanity." – Ziauddin Sardar, writer and broadcaster
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