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Little History of Religion

by Richard Holloway Yale University Press
Pub Date:
07/2017
ISBN:
9780300228816
Format:
Pbk 256 pages
Price:
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
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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.

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

"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
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.