Why should we study religions of the world?
Here are some wild statistics:
Christians make up 2.1 billion of the world’s population.
Catholics 1.1 billion.
Protestant 600 million
Eastern Orthodox 270 million(Statistics from Understanding World Religions 15 Minutes a Day
Given these numbers, it is important we know how to distinguish religions.
Garry R. Morgan’s book “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day”, answers that we should study because “religion has been the motivation and provider of content for much of the world’s art and music”(19). I will take it a step further and say that film has been inspired by world religions as well. My favorite cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender” features Hinduism as a core belief, hence the term Avatar. Most sinister or gothic movies dabble in beliefs from Catholicism, Christianity, and Neopaganism as well and these are the bestsellers.
So when one questions the why, we can look to all things around us and see religion infused in it. The next question which is really important for Christians to understand is: Is our personal belief about relationship with Christ or Religion? In a recent blog post I answered that question based off of Morgan’s working definition of what a religion is.
Was the book concise and easy to understand? Yes.
Was it brief? Yes, very brief.
Would I recommend it and to whom? This book is recommended for all lay persons, students, and teachers. It is a brief book and the author encourages you to seek further information. I enjoyed his way of giving information fairly and with minimal bias.
Get the book.
*This book was received for my unbiased review from Bethany House Publishers