Descriptive Religion

This book describes many of the world's religions. As it would be practically impossible to detail all of the thousands of religions, denominations, sects, and cults, it focuses on the major religions, some interesting smaller groups, and some new developments in religious thought.

Prior knowledge of religious theory should not be needed to understand the content of this book.




There are Wikipedia articles for most of the religions.



  • Ankerberg, John & John Weldon (1999) Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers ISBN 1736900748 Invalid ISBN
  • Barrett, David, et al., (2001) World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press ISBN 0195103181
  • Gaer, Joseph (1978) What the Great Religions Believe. New York: Signet Books ISBN 0451155297
  • Halverson, Dean C. (general edition) (1996) The Compact Guide to World Religions. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers ISBN 1556617046
  • McDowell, Josh & Don Stewart (1982) Handbook of Today's Religions: Understanding Non-Christian Religions. San Bernardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0866050922
  • Mead, Frank S. & Samuel S. Hill (1965) Handbook of Denominations in the United States: 10th Edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press ISBN 0687014786

Internet sites


  • Johnson, Luke T., John L. Esposito, et al. (Presenters) ( ) Great World Religions, 2nd edition. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company