Teach me about religion.
April 23, 2010 12:03 PM Subscribe
I'd like to learn about various religions—scriptures, beliefs, everything.
posted by reductiondesign to religion & philosophy (32 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
My main goal is to read most holy books. Obviously, there's the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran, but is there a Hebrew/English Torah I can get? An Arabic/English Quran? Surely the Bible wasn't in modern English at first; can I read it side-by-side with the original text?
I also know that, for example, the Torah isn't the only book in the Jewish canon. What else is there? Are there different translations? What's the best? I'd be interested in the same thing regarding Islam, if there's more than just the Quran.
Past these Big Three, what should I read regarding Buddhism, Shintoism, Catholicism (and other forms of Christianity), Scientology? I'd prefer whatever people who practice these religions would read as opposed to an outsider's explanation, and I'd like to avoid religious criticism.
Any books I could get about various ancient beliefs would also be interesting, especially if such a book could draw a link between, say, the Greek gods and a more modern religion.
Finally, books on the cultures of various religions would be a great supplement to this, I think. What would go well for each religion?
Any religion I've not named that warrants a look, I'm interested in.
I know this is broad, but I'm looking to cover as much material as possible. Thanks, MeFi!