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Our Religions: The Seven World Religions Introduced by Preeminent Scholars from Each Tradition Paperback – August 5, 1994
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"I never thought that I would live to see an introductory text on [the world's religions] that I would (almost) be content to see retire my own. . . . It seems splendid in every respect." -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
"It is a distinctive feature of the book that each of the great world religions is described by someone who is committed to that religion and lives within it, but who is at the same time fully at home in the modern Western academic study of religion . . . insiders who can speak to outsiders on the common wavelength of our contemporary academic culture." -- John Hick, author of An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent
"Sharma has not only created a book of a new kind but . . . has, with his collaborators, brought it off brilliantly. . . . Thought-provoking and soul-stretching." -- The Gazette, Montreal
"Viewpoints enough to keep the reader alert and engrossed." -- Christian Century
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As well, I have recently been studying the concept of Zen. This led me to read the chapter in this book on Buddhism and once again I was not disappointed. So I decided just to read the whole book.
This is an excellent book written by knowledgeable experts. It manages to avoid the pitfall of cultural bias that afflicts so many other works on religion. If you want to begin understanding the "whys" and "hows" of the world's major religions, I strongly recommend this book.
But the main thing that prompted me to write this review is to let other Kindle users know that the Kindle edition is frustratingly strewn with errors. Scanning mistakes abound, "modem" instead of "modern," for example, and, surprisingly often "Cod" instead of "God." Reading about "Almighty Cod" is amusing a time or two, but it gets old quickly. In the section on Hinduism there seem to be some Hindi-specific characters that don't convert into the Kindle fonts, leaving uninterpretable squiggles in the middle of names. I hope at some point Amazon does a corrected edition and updates my digital file, but right now it's clear that no one at HarperCollins even bothered to proof-read the Kindle edition.
Personally, I have chosen Deism for my own religious view, so I wasn't swayed by any of the writers. Although, I am most curious about Confucianism now. I am grateful to Sharma for bringing together these different traditions in a scholarly and respectful way.
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this is a good read for those looking to understand religionsPublished 5 months ago by Herman Scott
Alright analysis but should probably read a book written by masters in the respective religions instead of these generalized overviews that make waay too many unfounded... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Logan Sutton
This book is must reading for anyone interested in the religions of the world but it is very long and detailed and not for the faint of heart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Raimundo Gonzalez
This is an awesome book for anyone interested in learning more about all the major religions found around the globe.Published 21 months ago by Matice
I have been interested in knowing the content and theology of the seven religions and have finally found a book that puts this all in perspective. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer