Book Description Tackling some of today's most critical religious issues, this classic work presents the religions of the world in a way that captures the total human experience in both a factual and empathetic manner, helping readers gain a sense of each movement's unique characteristics, positive meaning, romance, and beauty. Written in an engaging style, it comes fully updated-with fresh insights and information on today's new religious movements, the role of women in world religions today, religion in the years to come, and more. This volume includes a wealth of learning aids, including practical outlines that guide students through their visits to religious sites. Understanding the World's Religious, cosmic religions of prehistoric and tribal people, the spiritual paths of India, the journey of Buddhism, monotheistic religions and Zoroastrianism, Judaism, the growth of Christianity, Islam, new religious movements and religion today and tomorrow. For those interested in religious issues of yesterday, today and tomorrow.