This is an easy-to-use handbook for the origins, basic beliefs, and defining features of many of the world's religions, cults, and sects. Written with the Christian in mind, these profiles provide the reader with the fundamentals of today's religions and how they compare to Christianity. This will help all Christians - from the new believer to the seasoned pastor - better understand the religions, cults, and sects around them. Features include:
a brief history of the religion
its central beliefs
an overview of its organizational structure
references for further study
an end-of-section list summarizing essential information, including (when applicable) - the deity/deities; date of the founding of the faith or movement; names of the particular sacred texts; names of famous leaders or individuals integral to understanding the subject; and websites and books for further study.