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Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Moses
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"An impressive array of selections. They show common ethics that transcend the narrow confines of sectarianism."
ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION
Beneath the seeming differences of all the world's great religions, lies a pool of universal truth. ONENESS collects these beliefs together for the first time, in the actual words of each religion's scriptures. These universal principles act as a guide to inner development, and allow each individual to achieve spiritual richness.


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Moses, a freelance writer and advertising executive with a special interest in meditation and stress reduction techniques, draws on his studies of world scriptures to offer this interfaith compilation of assorted verses affirming similar principles, e.g., the Golden Rule. For each of the 28 principles included, Moses begins with brief thoughts of his own (about half a page), then offers a two-page spread of five or six relevant scriptural passages. This is an interesting idea, but the book would be more useful if the passages were identified explicitly as to source, rather than just being designated ``Islam,'' ``Christianity,'' ``Buddhism,'' etc.

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"I pray that this book accomplishes what God wants it to."
--Mother Teresa

"As this book shows . . . every major religion of the world has similar ideas of love [and] the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice."
--The Dalai Lama

"An impressive array of selections. They show common ethics that transcend the narrow confines of sectarianism."
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Brilliant . . . [A] very important book."
--Jewish Civic Press


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Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345457633
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBBR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oneness June 10, 2003
By Shea
Format:Paperback
This book is a blessing. One Saturday, exactly two years to the day after my daughter died, I walked into a bookstore looking for something. I had and have been on a spiritual journey since her death and I was in sad shape when I entered the store with my other two children. A number of years ago I had read a quote about the Golden Rule and how different religions all expressed it in slightly different ways but didn't realize and didn't really care that it was from a book. Lately though I had been thinking about it over and over and about how all religions are really from the same root. These thoughts had consumed me, especially since for the past two years I have been reading a lot of literature of the different religions. At any rate, that Saturday, almost exactly two years to the hour after she died, I walked into that bookstore. At once I knew there was a book in there I was supposed to have and that I would be led to it. I searched for probably ten minutes in different sections but when I picked up this book I knew immediately that it was the book I was supposed to buy. The quote that I had remembered and lately had constantly thought about was in there. It let me know that I was watched over and was being led to answers on religions that I was on a search for. This book showed me that my belief was correct, that all religions in their major teachings are essentially alike. If you read this book you can't help but come to the conclusion that differences in religion are minor compared to the major teachings they share. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any religion.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Disappointment February 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A great premise brought low by laziness. Or something like. I was quite looking forward to this book, but found, to my dismay, that it didn't cite any sources for any of the great principles shared. While I could discern the biblical background of the Christian principles (but no book, chapter and verse offered), I had no way to tell where the stated principles of the other religions originated -- a huge disservice to the reader, who's left with simplistic statements by the author as to what the religions believe on a given topic, but not direct quotes (or even paraphrases with sources listed) to accurately give their beliefs. Not for anyone seriously wanting to find unity of thought, as the thought all seems to come from the author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift book, nice to have... August 2, 2001
Format:Paperback
This tiny little pocket book seems a bit overpriced at first -- but it isn't something you read and then put away. This is a book to carry with you, and to read again and again. (Note: we made a small cloth book cover for this book to make sure it will last longer!)
This book is more of an inspiration than documentation (in the back there is a list of the sources used), but then if every quote had a reference number attached to it, this would no longer be a truly "pocket-sized" book.
As the introduction, by the Dalai Lama, says: "Every major religion of the world has similar ideals of love, the same goal of benefitting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings. As this book shows, the religious teachers wanted to lead people away from paths of misdeeds caused by ignorance and introduce them to paths of goodness."
And even beyond that, this book shows that beneath the surface differences between religions, there is a unifying message. If we all could accept this connection, and not argue about the really insignificant external differences, individuals might attain enlightenment, and the world might find peace.
Under each category "Blessed are the Peacemakers," for example, there are first some thoughts on that topic, followed by short quotes from major world religions: Christianity (Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God); Islam (Shall I tell you what acts are better than fasting, charity and prayer?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book represnts an effort to look at the philosophies and creeds that unite humanity. It demonstrates the humanistic unity amongst religions, which is a powerful message that we could all benefit from appreciating. Through looking at sacred texts on the golden rule, love, peace, and other ideals, the author celebrates and shows enormous respect for all of the major religions.

My one complaint is that there are no citations whatsover other than to mention the religion from which the source is from. For example, the author will cite something as "from Christianity" or "from Islam", but will make no mention of where in the Bible or Koran this belief is derived. I appreciate the snippet-like approach to some degree, but from an academic standpoint, the lack of citatations to direct one further or to help understand the context prevents me from taking the effort very seriously.

It's a good read, but the format does not do the texts justice. The impression I get is that the author wishes for us to appreciate religion as a casual museum patron might view a painting; that is, to appreciate it's beauty and virtue, but with no encouragement to really experience it--scholarly or personally--beyond that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Universalism
Excellent book. Quality of used book excellent. Delivery was prompt. Compare the great religions. See the universal truths as stated in all the great religions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Danny R. Bosley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent idea
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are so many healthy values common between faiths and 'Oneness' captures these values beautifully. Read more
Published 3 months ago by noel o sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Focused on our common ground
This is a great book to keep on the night stand. I like to pick a topic each day, read the quotes, and meditate one the over-all message. It's a good way to begin or end the day.
Published 6 months ago by E. Hope
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
it's ok for what it is. I was a little disappointed at how some of the topics/chapters are duplicates just with different words.
Published 6 months ago by babayani
5.0 out of 5 stars Oneness - to be shared.
I have an old copy of this book that is dog eared (literally - the puppy chewed the corners). I belong to a quilting group I wanted to share the content with and needed a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beverly J. Magel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much
This is a tiny little pocket book only a few inches in size. It does have quotes from different religious leaders but is not really worth much
Published 11 months ago by happymamaofkyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Easy to read and understand. I enjoyed reading the book. It puts into perspective all the different religions and all the common beliefs. I would recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Jerry Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and documented
This book does a nice job of showing some the universal truths and connections between the major religions of the world.
Published 16 months ago by flannelbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I liked the connections made to all religions. Very well written, an easy read. Highly recommend. Helped me personally with some judgemental attitudes.
Published 18 months ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A paradigm change in view regarding polarization and divisiveness
I highly recommend reading "Oneness - Great Principles Shared By All Religions" by Jeffrey Moses.

Polarization and divisiveness has become an increasing problem both... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul - OKC
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