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 who might be making their minds up, 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, the author 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.
About the Author
Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, is an internationally popular writer and broadcaster. His more than twenty books include the best-selling Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt. He lives in Edinburgh, UK
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If you are a student of the world's religions and need to know the more arcane theological specifics, this book may not be for you. It is, however, an ideal book to introduce a young person to the world of religion, guided, as it were, by a kindly uncle.
"[Holloway] deftly makes his knowledge accessible to the public . . . A great service for students of religion. This is no dry textbook: With its conversational prose and density of information, it is a pleasure to read."-The Weekly Standard * The Weekly Standard * "For clarity and accessibility, in the minefield of tomes dealing with the fervours and fevers of "accepted" religions, I recommend, with pleasure, Richard Holloway's A Little History of Religion"-Hayden Murphy, The Glasgow Herald -- Hayden Murphy * The Glasgow Herald * "Retells the entire history of religion with deepest respect and keen commitment to accuracy... An empathetic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance and power of faith."-Edinburgh Life * Edinburgh Life * "As an informed reflection on the state of faith in the western world in the 21st century, written by someone who has plenty of experience, it is insightful and intelligent."-Tim Whitmarsh, The Guardian -- Tim Whitmarsh * The Guardian * "For readers in search of a thoughtful, thorough, and approachable survey of the history of religion, this book is an excellent place to start."-Booklist * Booklist * "Holloway's account is brimful of arresting facts."-Ian Thomson, Financial Times -- Ian Thomson * Financial Times * "This is a well-written book, from which most of us will come away knowing more about the religions of the world than we knew before... In its own way this engaging book might be seen as a period piece."-John Charmley, The Times -- The Times * John Charmley * "Thank God - if I can use that phrase in a neutral way - for Richard Holloway and his carefully weighted, beautifully written and strangely compelling brief history of world religions... There can be no better place to learn about [religion] than in the pages of this enlightening book."-Peter Stanford, The Observer -- Peter Stanford * The Observer * "In an age of religious tension, this is an important contribution to understanding different beliefs. . . . A straightforward, well-written introduction to religion and its various manifestations."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
Series: Little Histories
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd August 2016
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.1 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1