Friday, March 24, 2006

Slightly disturbing

I went on the first leg of my quest to learn about world religions yesterday. It was just a brief trip to the Waldenbooks' religion section. Problem was...all the books were about Christianity.

Help!

And suggestions on good books that will give me religious perspectives OTHER than Christianity? I'm looking for a kind of, "this is what we believe and why." A little historical perspective would also be welcome.

I did pick up the two CS Lewis books that have been recommended to me. The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed. I was surprised to find that they are thin little books...for tackling such big topics, I would have thought there would be more. I will let you know what I think (of course).

(oh yeah...the exclamation point issue has been refined for today. I can use it if and only if I use the shift key on the left side of the keyboard...the right shift key seems to only work with @ and beyond.)

9 comments:

kate said...

Huh...heavy stuff for the sub pg....i would still suggest Agatha Christie myself LOL.

I read the Tao Te Ching years ago and it was interesting...probably not what you are looking for though. Thomas Merton's The seven story mountain is good, but then that is Christianity again. So i guess i have no useful suggestions, i will be looking however to see what suggestions you do get.

Kathi said...

Ahem, you'll notice there aren't any comments from me on the board in all the many, many, MANY christian based posts.

I grew up in a rough conservative christian religion. And it never felt right to my soul, and that's all the proof I need.

I know tend to find my beliefs leaning toward the Pagan/Earth Centered paths, with hints of Buddism thrown in.

I started finding things that interested me outside of the religion section at the bookstore, check in Philosophy, New Age etc.

Sometimes you just have to listen to yourself, if it doesn't make sense, true sense to your soul, your head, your heart then that's all you need to know :)

Good luck on your journey.

Sweet Coalminer said...

What about the Joseph Campbell books? I haven't read them since high school, but Myths to Live By? The Power of Myths?

cat said...

Pagan and Alt religious beliefs are rarely in the "religion" section. Try new age, try eastern or asian sections and if you are at a barnes and noble sometimes they have an alternative belief or alt religion section.

You can find out a lot about pagan/wicca/earth based faiths online for free.

Anna said...

Well, as a seminary graduate and wife of a pastor, I couldn't resist answering this post! :)
I searched our bookshelves and think you might like to check out Eerdman's Handbook to World Religions. Its a good handbook that covers all the major religions, as well as new-age and postmodern philosophies. Of course, there's also Lee Strobel's The Case for Faith (he's a lawyer and was an atheist that set out to disprove Christianity when he started writing The Case for Christ). Anyway, both of these seemed to me to be most balanced and something you might want to check out. :)

R said...

Interested to see where your journey takes you. "More than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell is good, he too set out to disprove Christianity. But there we go with Christianity again.

best of luck on your search.

the ockers said...

there are a few new books out on Kabbalah that are very popular. One is titled Women and Kabbalah (or something like that). Books on Kabbalah are on the best seller list here in Oz. and I 2nd what Kathi said about looking in the Philosophy section (& of course New Age as well). and there are a few good new books written from a Muslim prespective on the best seller list also (can't remember the titles though). & Good luck with the research.

Bronwyn said...

I recently became a member of the local Unitarian Universalist church and I find it to be a very interesting and provactive group. They do not generally identify themselves as Christian, and in fact the congregation is made up of many "defectors" from other sects, both Christian and non.

The minister emeritus at the church sums it up rather well: "I have never met a Unitarian who did not accept the findings of science. I have never met a Unitarian who did not affirm the importance of this life, of living well in the here and now as opposed to preparing now for a life to come. Unitarians hold that living well now is the only possible preparation for whatever may come after death ­ if anything. Life is a gift, a mystery to be respected and lived.

Some links that may be helpful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/unitarianism/beliefs/index.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/unitarianism/history/index.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism
http://www.ucmtl.ca/services/PDF/eddis_affirm.pdf
http://www.uua.org/bookstore/index.php?cPath=19&sort=3a&&page=1
(Notably: "Building Your Own Theology")

vixanne wigg said...

How about "The Jewish Book of Why"....

I remember reading The Tao of Pooh. :) Okay, that's probably not what you're looking for.