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Discussion in 'Religious Books and Scriptures' started by ArcNinja, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. ArcNinja

    ArcNinja New Member

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    I'm interested in learning about new religions and such, so can someone recommend me a few really good books that explain these for beginners? I'm mostly interested in Buddhism for now, and I'm going to check into some Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens stuff. What books of theirs would you recommend?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lady Guidance

    Lady Guidance New Member

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    I find most of my research info on line so I don't have to read through or purchase many books. Good luck.
     
  3. BSM1

    BSM1 Dirt Whisperer

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    Try Buddhism For Dummies. Seriously, it give a good overall understanding of the history and philosophy of Buddhism. It will also give you ideas of where to look for what you want to know.
     
  4. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Realitarian

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    Really? Hmm, I passed that book so many times. I guess I have a problem with judging a book by its cover.
     
  5. Treks

    Treks Quax's pirozhki

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    Hello

    Sacred Texts can be an interesting place to read about different religions. A lot of the texts are a bit older but nevertheless I've spent lots of time reading there. A lot of the material is quite old though.

    Like Lady Guidance, I do most of my reading online. But if you like books, try your local library, sometimes the most enjoyable books are what you find on the shelf by chance while browsing the 100-299s :)
     
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  6. Me Myself

    Me Myself Back to my username

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    I liked that book :)
     
  7. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    I don't recommend either of those writers for learning about dharmic religions. Mostly because it's completely obvious they know absolutely nothing about them. They are both preoccupied with occidental religion, and only mention oriental religion when they feel they cab cherry pick a factoid that affirms whatever points they are making about the pitfalls of occidental religion.

    I admit I have not done as much reading on Buddhism as I should have, but I can poach a few of my husband's recommendations. I've read some, but not all, of these.

    Zen and the Brain
    What Makes You Not a Buddhist
    Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind (I read this - fantastic!)

    The latter two are light, the first is heavy. The first and third deal with the science relating to meditation. The second is more philosophical.
     
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  8. Magog

    Magog Well-Known Member

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    Lord, Zen and the Brain nearly killed me!
     
  9. crossfire

    crossfire Egyptian Borg heretic troll ☿ Staff Member Premium Member

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    Sounds like my kind of book! :p

    I would highly recommend anything by Thich Nhat Hanh.
     
  10. Magog

    Magog Well-Known Member

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    It didn't kill me in a good way!
     
  11. crossfire

    crossfire Egyptian Borg heretic troll ☿ Staff Member Premium Member

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    Maybe I'll check it out. I'm interested in the science behind meditation. Normally, I don't read books about religions--I just go directly to the scriptures. (Thich Nhat Hanh is an exception I make in this regard.) However, a science book--sure!
     
  12. Thorbjorn

    Thorbjorn Ek em Þórsmaðr Staff Member Premium Member

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    I like it. It's an excellent way to browse through the basics of a boatload of religions and belief systems.
     
  13. Magog

    Magog Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if it has been updated, otherwise it won't be too current. Shame mine went to a charity shop!
     
  14. Treks

    Treks Quax's pirozhki

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    Yup :D
     
  15. Vinayaka

    Vinayaka devotee

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    Buddhism is a new religion? Surely you mean' new to you.'
     
  16. ArcNinja

    ArcNinja New Member

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    Thank you all!

    I'll probably pick up the last two, since I'm not one for heavy reading, especially during the school year. I recently started reading The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh and love it so far.
     
  17. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Yes! That's the other guy I was going to recommend but I forgot his name.

    Of course anything by the Dalai lama, too.
     
  18. StarryNightshade

    StarryNightshade Lovable Curmudgeon & Happy Cynic

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    Here are some books I personally recommend.

    1.) There is a God: How the worlds most notorious atheist changed his mind. by Anthony Flew

    2.) Mind and Cosmos by Thomas Nigel

    3.) Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich

    4.) Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong. Or anything by this man, to be honest.

    5.) Any of the sutras.
     
  19. Domenic

    Domenic Member

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    By some of the stuff I've read on this forum, why don't you just write your own?
     
  20. DawudTalut

    DawudTalut Peace be upon you.

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    Peace be on you.
    1))) Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth

    ....The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins is also answered.....

    https://www.alislam.org/library/books/revelation/part_5_section_13.html


    2))) A BOOK OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
    https://www.alislam.org/books/religiousknowledge/toc.html
     
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