Gain Cultural Insight by Reading These Religious Books
Every year the number of religious people in North America dwindles. Most when asked why they’re religious will say “because my parents were”. This is a step in the wrong direction. Religion is most peoples introduction to spirituality and to a defined ethical code. These are essential for leading happy lives and its a shame we’re losing them.
Now disclaimer I’m not religious. While adherence to religion isn’t essential, an understanding of religion I think is. Its defined so many stages of humanities growth. And an understanding of it both deepens our appreciation for ourselves and for the cultures of others.
So to rectify this I’ve researched some books which give an overview of the most common religions and an introduction to their development.
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Each of these books has its own value. But reading even one of them I think will deepen your understanding of culture and religion.
I don’t speak Arabic but from what I’ve been told no translation can really capture the powerful imagery of the original Qur’an. But this one seems to come close. For a book as relevant and powerful as the Muslim holy book I think its worth the read.
This book attempts to give the reader a good understanding of Lao Tzus “The Book of the Way”. Its got helpful notes for the more challenging parts and its a very clear and well thought out translation.
The Upanishads contain the Hindu philosophies on life, death, the attainment of bliss and so much more. They form only a part of the Vedas or the Hindu holy works but even as an introduction they are well worth the time.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give even one of these books a try. This is only a sampling of each religion of which there are many more than what I’ve gathered. But even this brief read into the depth and complexity of religion will both deepen your cultural understanding and enhance your life in other subtle ways.
If you found this article helpful share it with your friends or loan them one of the books when you’re done. Comment which book you want to study first!