The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies

This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion. * Covers the early development of religion, with overviews of major and minor religions from Islam to Scientology * Considers recent developments including secularization; the relationship between religion and science; and scientific studies on religion, health, and mystical experience * Uses humor throughout, allowing students to remain open-minded to the subject * Explains what it means to study religion academically, and considers the impact of the study of religion on religion itself * Contains numerous student-friendly features including photos, maps, time lines, side bars, historical profiles, and population distribution figures * Provides classroom users with a lively website,, including questions, quizzes, extra material, and helpful primary and secondary sources