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Books on Religion

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These are books on religion that I have found insightful and worthy of future recommendations to others interested in this topic. Admittedly, some of these were used for courses I have taken at a college level, but many of them I have simply read on my own accord (cuz I'm nerdy and I that's what I do in my free time).

The Case for God

Argues that atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God. The authore suggests that if we draw on the insights of the past, we can build a faith that speaks to our needs.

Fields of Blood

It is the most persistent myth of our time: religion is the cause of all violence. But history suggests otherwise. Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to disprove the link between religion and bloodshed. Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. The West today has a warped concept of religion: we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people's entire outlook on life, and often been inseparable from politics. Humans undoubtedly have a natural propensity for aggression: the founders of the largest religions - Jesus, Buddha, the rabbis of early Judaism, the prophet Muhammad - aimed to curb violence and build a more peaceful and just society, but with our growing greed for money and wealth came collective violence and warfare. With the arrival of the modern all-powerful, secular state humanity's destructive potential has begun to spiral out of control. Is humanity on the brink of destroying itself? Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Peace activist, poet, scholar and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to welcome The Sun My Heart into our lives like a friend. And, as a true friend, its company is to be savoured. Written as the sequel to The Miracle of Mindfulness, this simple, compassionate book offers warmth and wisdom drawn from everyday anecdotes, Buddhist psychology and even contemporary physics. We can turn to The Sun My Heart again and again, enjoying the book's gentle guidance and companionship on our journey from mindfulness to insight.

The Buddha Said

This rich and refreshing book invites us to travel with the Buddha on a path of radical wisdom. In his inimitable style, Osho interprets the "Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters" - a scripture compiled by a Chinese emperor in the first century C.E. - using wonderful contemporary anecdotes to make profound points. As we laugh or shake our heads at the folly, the ineptitude or the goodness of the characters in the stories, Osho engages us at every level to let us experience the Buddha's teachings and take in their timeless truths. "No belief is required to travel with Buddha. You can come to him with all your skepticism - he accepts and welcomes you, and he says, 'Come with me.'" - Osho.

Healthcare professional with multiple degrees and an avid reader of a myriad of interests from history to math to lgbt novels.

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