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10-11-2013, 04:40 PM
Comparative religion book?
Can anyone recommend a good book on comparative/history of religions? Something with an unbiased religious slant (if there is such a book.)

I'm interested to learn about the evolution of religions. The one thing I'd like to understand better is how Judaism, Christianity and Islam took a lot of their ideas and teachings from earlier religions. As we know, the big 3 don't have much to offer that is unique to their particular brand.

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11-11-2013, 04:24 PM
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(10-11-2013 04:40 PM)p0werslav3 Wrote:  Can anyone recommend a good book on comparative/history of religions? Something with an unbiased religious slant (if there is such a book.)

I'm interested to learn about the evolution of religions. The one thing I'd like to understand better is how Judaism, Christianity and Islam took a lot of their ideas and teachings from earlier religions. As we know, the big 3 don't have much to offer that is unique to their particular brand.

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I don't think it's possible for any such book to be unbiased -- the writer is either a theist or an atheist, and either way, he/she is biased. But one good book on this subject is Karen Armstrong's History of God. Also, the Teaching Company has an "Introduction to Religious Studies" course that looks at a bunch of different theories (mostly non-religious) on how religion originated.
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25-11-2013, 12:46 PM
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This is the closest thing that immediately comes to mind. I just learned about it today:

http://idoubtit.wordpress.com/2013/11/22...ok-review/

I'm sure there are some dry, academic books on the subject, but I can't name anything in particular.
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25-11-2013, 02:20 PM
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(11-11-2013 04:24 PM)Grasshopper Wrote:  
(10-11-2013 04:40 PM)p0werslav3 Wrote:  Can anyone recommend a good book on comparative/history of religions? Something with an unbiased religious slant (if there is such a book.)

I'm interested to learn about the evolution of religions. The one thing I'd like to understand better is how Judaism, Christianity and Islam took a lot of their ideas and teachings from earlier religions. As we know, the big 3 don't have much to offer that is unique to their particular brand.

More ammo for debating theists Thumbsup

Thanks for any input

I don't think it's possible for any such book to be unbiased -- the writer is either a theist or an atheist, and either way, he/she is biased. But one good book on this subject is Karen Armstrong's History of God. Also, the Teaching Company has an "Introduction to Religious Studies" course that looks at a bunch of different theories (mostly non-religious) on how religion originated.

I would recommend A History of God as well. I've fallen behind in my reading and have only made it about halfway through but it's very fact-oriented and explores exactly what you're looking for without any noticeable bias.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it- not even if I have said it- unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. - Buddha
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