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Particularly helpful to me was that, despite Judaism and Christianity being the focus, that Islam and Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism were generally brought into view. In many cases I wasn't quite sure what positions those faiths held.
One of the difficulties is the plurality of positions one finds within a particular religion, making it hard to generalize. It is here that the authors do an especially good job, because I think they make a reasonable effort at painting with a broad brush.
An aspect that was particularly interesting was the observation that Darwinian evolution grew out of a very specifically Christian culture and not elsewhere, because Christians asked questions that people in other religions generally did not. According to the authors, Buddhism, for example, doesn't really ask how the world came to exist; it simply takes it as a given that it is here and that it is in a long series of many cycles.
I think Christianity and Judaism have a particular feature that makes them "the creature that eats its own tail." Both possess an assiduous appetite for pursuing the truth at all costs. So as society progresses, each religion raises questions that then produce more inquiry that then threatens previous theological assumptions. It strikes me that this makes these religions particularly evolutionary and as we all know, evolution is painful. What the best theologians seem to realize is that this creative destruction is ultimately best for all. I think it's quite significant that the only information we have about Jesus' childhood is that when he was lost they found him in the temple - debating Torah with the best thinkers in the country.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes.