A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway

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The conversational tone draws us irresistibly in — though some readers may weary of the exclamation marks and the teacherly asides...
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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.
 

About Richard Holloway

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Richard Holloway is the former Bishop of Edinburgh and the author of Between the Monster and the Saint, Doubts and Loves: What Is Left of Christianity, Godless Morality: Keeping Religion Out of Ethics, and On Forgiveness: How Can We Forgive the Unforgivable? He is well known for his support of progressive causes, including campaigning on human rights for lesbians and gays in both church and state.
 
Published August 23, 2016 by Yale University Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Financial Times

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Reviewed by IAN THOMSON on Aug 19 2016

The conversational tone draws us irresistibly in — though some readers may weary of the exclamation marks and the teacherly asides...

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Reviewed by Peter Stanford on Aug 14 2016

Since, on such a basis, it is here to stay for the foreseeable future, there can be no better place to learn more about it than in the pages of this enlightening book.

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