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Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows of a book that breaks down all the different branches of Christianity (from Catholic to Episcopalian to Lutheren to Baptist, etc.) in the simplest, most secular, unbiased of ways. Thank you!

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in_excelsis_dea
Nov. 10th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
I can't think of any titles off the top of my head right now, but I would suggest looking at books written by/geared towards anthropologists. Those are books that are not going to preach, and likely will break down everything very simply and unbiased.
vapor
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!
ms_geekette
Nov. 10th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I have Religion for Dummies, which covers all religions, but I don't remember if they break down all the various Christian branches (I can't currently check it).

Looking at their site, they have Christianity for Dummies, which seems to break down the different branches to some degree:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/christianity-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html
vapor
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!
ms_geekette
Nov. 14th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
And I meant to say earlier, that you may want to check to see if your local library has any texts on the HISTORY of religion, since that's how most of the different branches came to be. That would get more into stuff like Martin Luther, the Church of England, etc. But if you want something that is cut and dried with the explanation, the Christianity for Dummies should work, although looking closer, that is written by a Christian educator. There's also the Idiot's Guide to Christianity, which may be more of a general overview, not sure:
http://idiotsguides.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781592571765.html
http://books.google.com/books?id=wIxssxqEXygC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
vapor
Nov. 14th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I really appreciate the help! I think I'd like to check out Christianity for Dummies. I thought I'd ask you, do you know of any place that may have a download of it? I don't ever download books to read, but I thought I might for this one.
ms_geekette
Nov. 14th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's available as an ebook, although it looks like it's only available in various ereader formats (like Kindle, epub or mobi), which would require a special reader to be installed on your computer. (Calibre can handle epub and mobi - not sure about Kindle/azw.) It might be available as pdf - I haven't really looked.

If you want to see if your local library has it, you can check their website or use Worldcat. I'm linking to Google previews of both books via Worldcat, and you can click on the "return to detailed record" to see which libraries hold it.

Dummies: http://www.worldcat.org/title/christianity-for-dummies/oclc/54537823/viewport
Idiot's: http://www.worldcat.org/title/complete-idiots-guide-to-christianity/oclc/54661459/viewport

Some libraries have digital books available via their website that you can "check out". You may want to see if your library has one of these books available for digital lending if they don't have a hard copy.

vapor
Nov. 14th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome. Thank you so much!
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