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Derek Cooper examines the rival worldviews found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, Judaism, Islam, and irreligion. He engages these worldviews from a Christian perspective, first by showing how the biblical authors engaged other religions and then by surveying the way Christian theologians have done so. Each chapter contains six parts: (i) a creation story, (ii) the religion’s historical origin, (iii) its beliefs, (iv) religious writings, (v) worship practices, (vi) as well as Christian reflections on the religion. For those who would like to read more, the appendix includes lists of helpful primary and secondary books.
Author Derek Cooper (PhD, Lutheran Seminary; MA, MDiv, Biblical Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of biblical studies and historical theology at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where he is also the Director of the LEAD Master of Divinity Program. He is the author of So You’re Thinking about Going to Seminary? and a volume editor in the forthcoming Reformation Commentary on Scripture.
Endorsements Christianity and World Religions fills a great need. In a world where most of us increasingly live together with people of other faiths, Christians are largely ignorant of the history and content of some of the most important religions. As a result they tend to live is a fool’s paradise. Derek Cooper here supplies abundant information on the worldview of five major religions, and adds wise suggestions for interacting with their adherents. Ideal for classroom or small group study, the book is both very learned and yet also accessible to the non-expert. In the bargain, assiduous readers will find themselves more confident as they reach out to their neighbors. – William Edgar Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“Christianity and World Religions is a special book. . . . It is an easy read, not because the material is easy, but because of the author’s engaging, clear, and concise style. Any Christian who reads the newspaper on a regular basis will want to read this book in order to relate to current events.” – Paul D. Kooistra, Coordinator, Mission to the World, PCA