CONTENTS:- 1. Early Beginnings; 2. Religion of Early Civilisations; 3. Early Indian Religion; 4. The Indo-Aryans; 5. The Rigveda; 6. Upanishads; 7. The Epics -Ramayana and Mahabharata; 8. Zoroastrianism; 9. Judaism; 10. The Ancient Civilised World; 11. The Post-Vedic India; 12. Heterodox Sects; 13. Confucius and Laotse; 14. The Awakenings in Greece; 15. The Struggle for Survival by the Jews; 16. The Persians Build Bridges; 17. The Backdrop of Christianity; 18. The Emergence of Christianity; 19. The Hindu; 20. The Advance of Buddhism; 21. Progress of Christianity; 22. The Web of Hinduism; 23. The Last Prophet; 24. Jehad; 25. Crusades; 26. Evolution of Christian Morals; 27. Religion in Medieval India; 28. Buddhism in North Asia; 29. From Credulity to cepticism; 30. The Colonial Phase; 31. Religiosity and Spirituality.
The institution of Religion is one of the oldest and most important institutions of the world that has largely influenced human history and still continues to influence individual and social behavior and attitudes. But this deep attachment Io theology etc. un critically culminating in fanaticism and biases against other religions. This book makes an endeavor to present a composite picture of the important religions of the world in a historical, geographical and social context with a view to offer the totality of essentials of all religions. Such a critique of Religion is vary much needed in the present age of globalization for developing new paradigms and perspectives in the changing contexts.