There was a day not too long ago that when driving through down the roadways of suburban Detroit one would pass countless Christian churches. Today that has changed radically as mosques, temples and synagogues have joined the land of churches and chapels.
Neighborhoods and workplaces have become extremely diversified with followers of different religions living side-by-side. This has prompted many to learn and appreciate new religious cultures with adhering faithfully to their own.
If you are most interested in understanding the festivals and customs, as opposed to history and origins, Religions of the World is probably your best bet. The book is filled with full-color photographs and illustrations as it explores the beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of the major faiths. The team of renowned religious scholars also discuss the differences within, as well as between, the faiths. The main branches and divisions of each religion are covered and the authors have made a point of including the central stories from each faith, regardless of historical accuracy.
See the attached list for three great books about the religions of the world.
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Additional Diversity Resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Diversity by the numbers
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
- 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap.
- 50 Activities for Promoting Communication and Understanding at Work: The Diversity Training Activity Book
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