Written by a team of 80 international and multi-faith contributors, this version of the 1997 original bills itself as "the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of religion available in paperback." The volume contains over 8,200 entries, an extensive topic index, and an original essay by the general editor John Bowker. He discusses the organization of religions; ethics and the nature of time; texts, tradition, and story; myth, ritual, and symbols; religions and conflict; and the future of religion.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions provides data on all the world's major religions; movements, sects, and cults; texts; sacred sites; religious practices, dogmas, beliefs, traditions, festivals, feasts, and artifacts; and the responses of the world's major faith traditions to abortion, animals, birth control, war, sexuality, and suicide.

Skimed Bhagvatam once commented: "Like the bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise man accepts the essence of different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions." Yes, and here is an invaluable resource to aid you in that noble task.