The book devotes a chapter to each of the world religions. All but one of the chapters are written by a member of that faith community, thus giving insiders’ views into the theology, spirituality and religious practice of the faith. The introduction encourages respect and engagement with those of other faiths. It emphasises the cultural nature of religion, its importance to society and notes the rise of interest in the study of religious traditions in the face of contemporary geo-politics. It does not attempt to address these politics.
The International Study Guides (ISGs) are clear and accessible resources, contextual and ecumenical in content and missional in direction. It offers biblical commentaries, pastoral care, church history and theology, and is aimed primarily at people training to serve the church for whom English is an additional language, so the books are clearly written and designed for student use. The contributors are theological educators who come from different countries and different religious backgrounds, and bring practical emphasis alongside contemporary scholarly reflection.
For over 40 years the ISG series has equipped those in ministerial formation to develop their own theology and discern God’s mission in their context. As part of commitment to supporting the global Church, SPCK distributes ISGs to students training to serve the church in the developing world.