Sunday, September 20, 2009

Comparative Religion For Dummies

Comparative Religion For Dummies Cover

Book: Comparative Religion For Dummies by William Lazarus

This is a great introduction to the history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It covers the origins of each religion, as well as the basic tenets and sacred texts of each. As in the other "Dummies" books, the text is easy to follow and very readable (though I would disagree with the reviewer who stated it was "for little kids").

Want to know more about the faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? This plain-English guide traces their evolution from their commonorigin - Abraham - and explains their different, yet linked, beliefs.You'll see how each religion developed, endured setbacks, and became a fixture in modern society - and you'll learn how members havedeveloped similar approaches to worship.


* How the belief in one God originated
* The roots of Abraham's family tree
* The sacred texts of each faith
* Major similarities and differences
* How these religions influenced the world

This book is written from a historical perspective by religious scholars, and is fairly even-handed (it doesn't support one of these religions over the others), which I appreciated. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a simple place to start in learning about the Abrahamic religions and increasing their level of religious literacy.

Buy William Lazarus's book: Comparative Religion For Dummies

Books in PDF format to read:

Anonymous - The Laws For Witches
James Eschelman - Invocation Of Horus
Chantepie De La Saussaye - The Religion Of The Teutons
John Arnott Macculloch - The Religion Of The Ancient Celts
Irv Slauson - The Religion Of Odin