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In The Beginning... Introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism [Kindle Edition]

Blaize Clement
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The history, beliefs, and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, with adaptations of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read August 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Really appreciated this book. I've been curious about the difference between these three religious practices, but always found the research a little overwhelming. I'm grateful to Ms. Clement for her simplicity...I'm much more confident in my knowledge and I actually enjoyed myself in the process!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Find! August 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
What a gem! A quick, easy and fun read, I would recommend "In the Beginning" to anyone from the simply curious, to the established practitioner. Looking forward to more books from Blaize Clement!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible May 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I guess I'll start off with the positives, given that there aren't many. The retellings of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, etc. are not bad. Also, the book manages to cover the essentials of Hinduism and Buddhism.
On the negative side, the coverage of the Chinese tradition is so condensed and superficial as to be more or less worthless. On top of that, even the coverage of the Indian tradition is not much more profound than you'd find in an encyclopedia. The book tries to do too much (especially given the huge portion taken up by the stories) and doesn't manage to achieve any depth.
Where the book goes from superficial to downright bad is in the running polemic against Christianity throughout the book. Even if the polemic were insightful (which it most certainly is not), it's entirely irrelevant to the theme of the book, and nullifies any claim the book might have had to any sort of academic respectability.
This polemic becomes downright farcical when the author solemnly asserts that the Fifth Ecumenical Council condemned Origen's doctrine of the final salvation of everyone because the church was trying to protect the sale of indulgences. Of course, indulgences weren't invented until the late Middle Ages, almost 1000 years after the 5th council, and then only in the Christian west. The author has somehow managed to confuse the 5th council with the indulgences dispute during the Protestant Reformation. This is literally equivalent to saying that the Crusaders invaded Palestine to open up a second front against Communism. Generally, one of the rules of writing is that you should refrain from writing about things you know absolutely nothing about, and one of the rules of publishing is that you should do basic fact checking. Neither the author nor the publisher has done due diligence with this book.
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More About the Author

Blaize Clement created the Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series, which includes Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund, Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues, Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof, Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs, Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons, and The Cat Sitter's Pajamas. Cat Sitter's Cradle, the next book in the series by her son, writer John Clement, will be published by St. Martins/Minotaur in the Spring of 2013.


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