A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway

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Read A Little History of Religion Online Free - For curious readers young and old, a rich and colorful history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion—from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century—with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.
Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Holloway also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an empathic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

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ISBN : 0300208839
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2018

When it comes to religion, I’ve long been unsure whether to describe myself as an agnostic or an atheist. As a boy I attended a Christian (Methodist) church some Sundays with my parents, where a kindly gentleman would take the children aside and talk to us about… well, I can’t actually recall wha...

Kamil rated it ★★★★★

March 24, 2017

My first 5 stars book of the year, and it's an audiobook which is quite unusual for me as I tend to wonder off when listening and due to that always am a bit hesitant with ranking. Richard Halloway introduces history of religion with such an ease and clarity that one can only applaud him for it.....

Joy rated it ★★★☆☆

August 09, 2016

World religions have always fascinated me - how various cultures make sense of their world and attribute purpose to life. I fall pretty squarely in the agnostic category at this point in my life and have a difficult time with anything that can't be understood scientifically. On the other hand, I...

Tariq rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2017

This short summary of known world religions is very nicely package together, with clear explanations of some very complex religious theologies. I quite enjoyed the manner how different ideologies were juxtaposed together, highlighting commonalities and divergences. I particularly liked the idea t...

Allan rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2017

The title pretty much sums the book up to be honest - a walk through the history of the major religions from the earliest times to modern religions like Scientology, generally in chronological order, setting out the basic tenets of each, noting their similarities, contradictions and benefits with...

Ben rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

Any book that's billed as a "history of religion" and is less than 1,000 pages long is bound to generate the charge of being shallow and incomplete. Indeed this book is guilty on both counts, but I enjoyed it tremendously nevertheless and would heartily recommend it to anyone interested in the su...

Mandy rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2016

Exactly what it says it is – a little history of religion, a survey of the world’s religions from their very beginnings to today’s fractured and complex situation. In this relatively short, extremely clear and accessible book, Holloway attempts to answer those perennial questions that have so pla...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

A nifty little book that simultaneously offers a history of religion as idea and histories of religions. As the author bounces easily back and forth between faiths, he uses one religion's take on ideas common to many of them to explain the big ideas. Creation, evil, death, heaven and hell, prophe...

Iain rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 07, 2017

"It was okay" would be a fair summary... Knowing a little of the author's background I wasn't expecting anything overly rigorous, but saw this going cheap (maybe free?) on Audible and thought the reviews merited it a read. Interesting where other religions than Christianity were concerned. For som...

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

September 19, 2017

A useful primer on the history of (mostly monotheistic) religion. An easy read that, because of its brevity, glosses over or completely ignores important aspects such as Australian Aboriginal dreaming, and ancient South American religions. But curiously has a chapter on Scientology. Along the way...

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