Wednesday night while Keli was getting her nails done at the mall nearby, Bailey and I walked down to Barnes and Nobles becaue I wanted to pick up a new book. I’ve really been enjoying my little outings with Bailey. It’s always fun to walk down the street and have her ask about things which to me seem so ordinary.
Case in point, the trees lining 4th street downtown have white christmas tree lights in them and they go on at night year round (as far as I know). So Bailey was wondering where the cords were for the lights as she’s used to our Christmas trees that have an electircal cord plugging into the wall and she couldn’t find the cords. I explained that the cords are suspended in the air from tree to tree so that people don’t trip on them. The look on her face was sheer amazement that the trees had lights on them and there was, in her opinion, no plug.
I wanted to pick up a book that would allow me to actually learn something as opposed to a fiction novel. I realized lately that I don’t know as much as I used to about major religios. Other religions fascinate me. I’ve read a lot about them in the past but the last few years have made me push the less important information to the dusty caves of my brain.
I ended up buying a book called “The Worlds Religions” by Huston Smith. Mostly because it seemed to provide a neutral viewpoint on the worlds main religions. Here’s what the author claims the book will provide:
explores the essential elements and teachings of the world’s predominant faiths, including:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania.
The problem I have with books on religions is that most authors are out to push a certain agenda. They’re out to compare the pros and cons of one religion to the next. Even though I was raised in a Non-Denominational Christian household I find other religions fascinating. I don’t particularly like books where the author is trying to point out the downfalls of some faiths to the successes of another religion. Books like that don’t teach you anything and if I wanted the viewpoint I would just listen to AM radio.
Huston Smith does a really good job at providing the history, teachings, and philosophy of the religions covered in the book.
Don’t know where I was going with all of that but if you’re interested in brushing up your religious knowledge it’s a good book to start with.