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Major Religions Of The World Paperback – September 10, 2010
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The religions surveyed are Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Confusianism and Taoism, Shinto, Islam, and Christianity. There are also opening and closing chapters by Bach.
He wrote in the Foreword of this 1959 book, "In this compact and intimate world, religion or the lack of it is continually at the heart of man's thought. The story of mankind, as this popularly-written book will show, is the record of man's belief. Certainly in the realm of religion which is life's most vital field of study, it is essential to know exactly where we stand in our relationship to God, to others, and to ourselves."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"The 'New Testament' of Hinduism is the Upanishads... They are highly inspirational, philosophical, and, coming as they do at the end of the Vedas, are often referred to as Vedanta, or the end of Vedic Wisdom." (Pg. 29)
"The urine of the bull is sacred. Blessed by (Zoroastrian) priests in a special ceremony, it actually undergoes a chemical change, I was told. Drops of it are used for special religious ceremonies." (Pg. 44)
"Early in its history the influence of Zoroastrianism challenged it with its concept of dualism, but Judaism contended that God could not create an evil one coequal with himself." (Pg. 68)
"Because Confucius did not have the benefit of the teaching and philosophy of Jesus, he evidently did not know that man needs help beyond himself... His was a religion of good ethics, but he never seemed to deepen ethics by fellowship with the divine." (Pg. 79)
"It is any wonder, therefore, that when Confucius died at seventy-three, and when Lao-Tzu died at an age unknown, the faithful should begin to worship at their graves? Those who loved these teachers wanted to keep alive the wisdom and instruction that the reverend sages had brought." (Pg. 81)
"Shinto has no founder, no prophet, no Savior, no creed, no scripture, no theology... like most religions it runs the gamut from orthodoxy to modernism, from self-denial to self-aggrandizement, from science to magic, from faith to fireworks." (Pg. 85)
"The Shintoist does not seek answers to the riddles of suffering and pain as do Christians and many persons who hold other beliefs... There is little concern about life after death and even less about salvation in Shinto." (Pg. 92-93)
"Where did the (Koran) come from if not from God? How could an illiterate man write a profoundly philosophical and prophetic book that traces the plan of salvation from Moses through Jesus and onward to Mohammed?" (Pg. 102)