- Why is it important to know about world religions? What are some specific political, economic, and military contexts where ignorance about a particular religion could be damaging?
2. In an older book on world religion called The Worlds Religions, author Huston Smith said he would describe only religions at their best, and not discuss things like violence or sexism that are also part of many religious traditions. Why did the author of Religion Matters think it was important to describe both positive and negative features of religious traditions?
3. What are some differences between theology and the study of religion?