New Release: Introducing World Religions

Cover ArtThis beautifully designed, full-color textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the world’s religions, including history, beliefs, worship practices, and contemporary expressions.

Charles Farhadian, a seasoned teacher and recognized expert on world religions, provides an empathetic account that both affirms Christian uniqueness and encourages openness to various religious traditions. His nuanced, ecumenical perspective enables readers to appreciate both Christianity and the world’s religions in new ways. The book highlights similarities, dissimilarities, and challenging issues for Christians and includes significant selections from sacred texts to enhance learning.

Pedagogical features include sidebars, charts, key terms, an extensive glossary, over two hundred illustrations, and about a dozen maps. This book is supplemented with helpful web materials for both students and professors through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources.


“This volume is a teacher’s dream….It will remain a textbook of choice for years to come.” – Dana L. Robert, Boston University

“Exemplifying how to be both grounded and open, Charles Farhadian wants us to learn about the religions so that we can learn from them and with them as well.” – Richard Fox Young, Princeton Theological Seminary

“An excellent and long-awaited book with a well-balanced coverage on East Asian religions (Taoism and Confucianism) and East Asian Christianity, which have been very much neglected in the past. This is an indispensable text.” – Heup Young Kim, Kangnam University

“Like a conversation with a well-traveled friend, the style makes complex topics accessible and the photos help us visualize believers across the globe. In today’s connected world, this book is a treasure.” – Miriam Adeney, Seattle Pacific University

“Farhadian has given us a religion text for the twenty-first century: accurate, faithful, respectful, and compassionate. It now has a permanent place on my bookshelf.” – Terry Muck, Louisville Institute

“A world religions text like no other….This text is truly matched to the challenge of religion in the twenty-first-century global context.” – Shirley A. Mullen, Houghton College

“His introduction is a masterful multidimensional account of how contemporary approaches to religious studies have come about and how these continue to inform the understanding of religion. He then systematically addresses these concerns in the context of each religion, providing a clear framework that is particularly useful for nonexpert readers and students.” – Robert Hunt, Southern Methodist University


Charles E. FarhadianCharles E. Farhadian (PhD, Boston University) is professor of world religions and Christian mission at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is the editor of Introducing World Christianity and Christian Worship Worldwide and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. He has done fieldwork in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where he has investigated themes of worship, social history, and nation making.

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