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Introduction. Common Ground: The God-shaped hole; Sacred texts; Good and evil; Life and death; The Golden Rule; Rites and rituals. Christianity: The life of Christ; God and Mammon; Reformation; The papacy; Guilt and misogyny; The Holy Spirit; Saints and Sinners; Orthodoxy. The Reformed Tradition: Luther and his successors; Anglicanism; Methodism; Baptists; Presbyterians; Sects and cults; Rapture. Judaism: Being Jewish; Jewish rites of passage; Kabbalah; Anti-Semitism. Islam: The birth of Islam; The Pillars of Islam; Sunni and Shi'a; The heart of Islam; Militant Islam. Eastern Traditions: The many faces of Hinduism; Hindu worship; Samsara; Jainism; Sikhism; Buddha and the Bodhi tree; Schools of Buddhism; Buddhist wheel of life; Confucianism; Confucius and the Communists; Taoism; Shintoism. Modern Dilemmas: Contemporary credos; Religion and science; Atheism; Stewards of creation; The just war; The missionary impulse; Spirituality; The future of religion. Glossary. Index.
Peter Stanford is a former editor of the Catholic Herald (1988-1992), and now writes for a variety of papers including the Independent on Sunday, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Tablet.