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50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion Paperback – December 20, 2011
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About the Author
Daniele Bolelli is a writer, college professor and martial artist. Born in Milan, Italy, he is part of a family of writers. His father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers, while his mother, Gloria, is the author of four books and a freelance journalist.
His first book published in the United States was On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology. It is one of the top modern bestsellers on the philosophy of martial arts and has been used as a textbook in several universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. A fourth-degree black belt, Bolelli has taught seminars about martial arts in schools around the world and has coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Bolelli is a lecturer at several major universities in Southern California. He is a professor in the History Department at Santa Monica College, teaching courses on the history of religions. He also teaches in the Asian American Studies and World Arts Cultures Departments at UCLA and the American Indian Studies Department at CSULB.
Bolelli is a regular contributor for several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. A graduate of UCLA with Bachelors and Masters degrees, he lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
Coming from having passed through the experience of enlightenment (being beyond religion to being fully entwined in spirituality) this book is a great reminder of how dogma often gets twisted into something other than what the spiritually inspired event would mean it to be. This is a definite must read for anyone who is interested in religious history, and who seeks the truth that lies just beyond it.
You should probably also check out Joe Rogan's podcast. It's pretty funny, and often discusses interesting topics such as this.
Not by any stretch an authority book, but definitely well written, researched and fun way to learn a little more about our murky pasts full of killing, torture and general bad behavior in the name of religion.
Good buy and an excellent plane ride read.
wanted to add my 5 star input to this small little book that's about the size of
a CD case.
50 short pieces of religious trivia that to quote the author "if you
believe that without blind faith you would be prey to senselessness and desperaton,
if dealing with complexity sends you running for the reassuring arms of dogma -
then this book is not for you. It will confuse you, anger you and ruin your digestion.
But if you feel like taking a weird, dangerous journey through world religions and
running into some of the very odd characters populating them - if you have a taste
for paradox and think that questioning authority should be an Olympic sport - then hop
Even if you think you know a lot about religious history, there should be something
here to entertain you even if you're not being newly informed. But 99% of us will be
informed as well. Mr. Bolelli takes no prisoners and all religions are fair game.
From the trial and retrials of dead popes, to varieties of Christianity prior to Constantine,
to the aberrations of faith by people we call lunatics, it's all here in 165 pages with another
9 pages of referenced further reading.
I can't wait for 50 more things Mr. Bolelli thinks I shouldn't know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book amongst a great series. A little slow at times but for the most part there are some really interesting facts. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eric Palmer
Love Bolellis books on religion, fascinating! A great read for the open minded. When I finished the book I wished there was more!Published on June 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Bolelli does have an interesting way of looking at the world. One asset of this book is it's a quick introduction to him for people who simply can't tolerate the endless,... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by KayBee
It is a cute read with some interesting facts that are fun to tell people, but don't expect more than that.Published on April 4, 2014 by Timothy Clancy
awesome book listen to his podcast and joe rogans and while your at it dunca trussells. really realy reccomend his book to anyone. very incitefulPublished on May 22, 2013 by D. Hoff
I first learned of Prof. Bolelli on the Joe Rogan podcast and that same day brought "On the Warrior's Path" as well as this. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Rob Primous