Thread: Good book???
05-06-2005, 07:08 PM #1
I really have no idea about religion, the diff between many of them, where they stem from, who worships who, all that good stuff. i really want a begginer book that isnt gonna try n teach me a religion, but inform me on the differences and educate me. I have become more and more intrested with this when touching on it in school classes, and with all thats goin on in the world dtoday, gonna go to the bookstore and look around, but neone know a good one to start with?
05-06-2005, 07:55 PM #2
there are some good ones out there. i dont know titles but im going to the bookstore tomorrow anyway, ill get you a list of some. you could check out "the kingdom of the cults". Now, it IS written by a christian, but it does not ever try to make you a christian. it simply gives in-depth descriptions of a lot of other religions from buddhists to mormons to islam to all kinds. I know some of the muslims and such might not like the title, but again, written by a christian, of course the title fits to him and other christians. the descriptions in the book are pretty good too. I havnt read it cover to cover, but the chapters and religions i have read about in the book match very well with the truths that the religion teaches and such. if you want to see some excerpts, check out:
hope this helps. if you have any specifics and dont want to post, just ask me in a pm. ill answer as soon as i get it.
05-06-2005, 08:46 PM #3
Sounds like you want a book that covers an introduction to world religions. But you might also be curious to learn about why some people take religion more seriously than other folks; for that you may have to look into stuff written for something like "fundamentalists anonymous," the 12-step program for people who are addicted -- or screwed up -- by fundamentalism.
Another view of religion that is too seldom offered is the viewpoint present in the works of Robert G. Ingersoll
This guy was one of the most famous orators in the late 1800's, a prosperous corporate lawyer, and quite agnostic. He argued for the defense in several interesting cases involving basic civil rights where people were imprisoned for breaking purely religious laws. Anyway, he's a brilliant writer, his stuff is available for free nowadays on the net, and he questions the dogma and doctrines promulgated by religious heirarchies, and IMHO, is a fascinating source for sound ideas that conflict with those of religious organizations.
Of course, a general history of civilization would be good too, and for that I can heartily recommend "The Story of Civilization" by Will and Ariel Durant, written back in the 1940's or so. Very readable, very well written, very informative. Comes in several volumes, and they're affordable (or free at your local library), so, ya, you'll learn a lot about not only various religions, but about the role they played in various parts of the planet.
Ya, highly recommended.
05-06-2005, 09:02 PM #4Originally Posted by Tock
05-12-2005, 09:03 AM #5Writer
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I can't really reccomend one, but you may try PM'ing William_Wallace, the owner of www.*****************.com .
He (in addition to having a JD) has a degree in Theology, and could probably answer that question better than myself or anyone here.
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05-12-2005, 09:21 AM #6
the satanic bible
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