50 Religion Ideas You Really Need to Know by Peter Stanford

By Peter Stanford

Regardless of widespread prognostications concerning the 'death of God' and the triumph of secular materialism, faith is still a principal part within the lives of most folk all over the world. There are at present regarded as 2 billion Christians, 1.2 billion Muslims, 800 million Hindus, besides a few seven hundred million fans of alternative religions.

Religion: 50 principles you actually need to grasp deals a transparent course throughout the conceptual and denominational thickets of worldwide faith. Award-winning spiritual affairs correspondent Peter Stanford starts with an exam of sacred texts, the divine precept and strong and evil, prior to relocating directly to a dialogue of the several traditions inside Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the myriad customs of the East.

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We emerge again from the bazaars into the Mouski, the High Street of Cairo, and amuse ourselves by looking the buildings and the passengers, the houses, with stone or plastered lower story, overhanging upper stories of timber, and projecting windows with carved lattices, at and now and then a mosque or a fountain. We are getting accustomed to the variety of costume, and only something new particularly attracts the attention. " Most of the carriages have running foot- men, who run a little ahead of the horses with a long white stick, and cry out to clear the way, as Elijah girded up his loins and ran like a running footman before Ahab's chariot to his palace at Jezreel.

Off Latakia, a small town with a large mosque in a commanding situation, while eight or nine minarets showed the existence of others less con- A ruined castle defended a little harbour prospicuous. The tected by a wall, only large enough for small boats. THE COAST OF SYRIA. 27' sea had become rough, and the task of landing goods and passengers was not only difficult but dangerous. The shore-boat at the foot of the steamer's ladder rose and fell on the waves, and tossed and tumbled about, and ground and crashed against the steamer's side, so that the unforpassengers who had to land needed to exercise considerable presence of mind and dexterity to avoid stepping into the boat just when it was receding many tunate feet below them, with the risk of tumbling into the sea, or of trying to step in when it was ascending, and getting their limbs crushed between the boat and the ladder.

We ; ; the procession pass; our donkey sais and continues it for some little while after we have resumed our way. Here is a Greek or Armenian Papa in his black robes and peculiar hat and rosary. Here a lady in a delicate stand aside to let joins in the chant, 18 CHRISTIANS UNDEB THE CRESCENT IN ASIA. silk dress under her black outer robe. There a woman riding on a donkey with very short There just in time to see a wedding party of stirrups. ladies in French costume get out of a carriage in a by- rose-coloured !

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