Books, talks and films on religion
'These days there is so much information about religion - it's a fascinating area. But always check out who is writing or saying it and look for a range of authors and information sources. Browsing Youtube is fascinating. I'm very interested in what the atheists are saying these days. People's thinking is evolving and there is much challenge and enrichment in the different perspectives.' says Anna Lubelska
Karen Armstrong writes lots of books about religion. Like 'A History of God'.
The World's Religions
by Huston Smith. Published by HarperOne.
This is a really, really good book originally written in 1958 but revised several times since then. This is a classic, which has sold millions of copies. In it, Huston Smith explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Emphasising the inner, rather than the institutional, dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.
You can visit the author on www.hustonsmith.net
The Persistence of Faith by Jonathan Sacks
Published by Continuum
The Chief Rabbi’s essays broadcast by the BBC as the 1990 Reith Lectures. The author argues that each faith must remain open to criticism, yet keep its separate community and contribute to the national debate about moral issues. He makes the case for a return to tradition within the context of religious tolerance.
The Heart of Religion by P.D. Mehta
Published by Element Books
What does it mean to understand and practice the religious life? In a work which combines scholarship with deep spiritual insight, Phiroz Mehta draws on more than fifty years of study and practice to interpret the meaning of spiritual evolution. He has distilled the essence of the world’s great religious traditions, from the message of the Vedas and Upanishads to the teachings of the Buddha, Jesus and Zarathushtra, to reveal the path which can lead us towards a life free from fear, greed and hatred, a life in which our actions are pure, wise and compassionate. This is the way of Transcendence which is centred in the living heart of religion.