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Thread: Book: The Savvy Converts Guide to Choosing A Religion

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    Book: The Savvy Converts Guide to Choosing A Religion

    For those who enjoy these kinds of things, here's a neat book I picked up today


    View excerpts here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Converts...4020699&sr=1-1

    It's an extremely fun book of comparative religion. Each gets a two page synopsis in a visual encyclopedia manner that's enjoyable to read. Covering everything from Amish to Zoroastrianism. Concluding with how to leave a religion or cult if you decide to start thinking for yourself or simply converting from one to another. And finally the last chapter on starting your own religion. I was hoping this last part was a reprint of Timothy Leary's original "How to Start Your Own Religion" booklet of the 1960s but it's someone else's more modern article on basically the same theme.

    Enjoy a book tonight!

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    Must be a world class summary to be able to confine religions such as islam, christianity or buddhism to two pages and a reader friendly fold out chart. . . .

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    Obviously, it's not "all conclusive" of each philosophy*, just a primer which should lead one to further study if they find something interesting. Studying religions is one of my hobbies and is one way which allows me to view the world's people in a more equal and relative fashion. This is a more "pop" type introductory book that's fast and fun to read and not too "heady" for people unfamiliar with new ideas.

    *Despite the research the authors request that any egregious errors be pointed out so they can correct future editions.

    Don't get too offended, or at least, only allow yourself to be as offended as everyone else who's covered in the book (Agnostics like myself included).

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    I'm good, just a very... risky topic for a book. It is intriguing.

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    why is it risky?

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    It's a sad day when people "religion shop" through catalogs, choosing the one that appeals to them.
    James 1:17

    "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

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    How are you going to know what's right for you, or know anything at all, if you don't read and learn to form your own conclusions?

    Nothing in this book places one religion over another, they are all given the same treatment.

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    I really don't agree with catalog shopping for a religion either. It's not garment shopping; it's a tug at the heart strings as a prompt to fill a void in the heart that nothing/no one else can.

    Shopping around is like saying, ok the truth doesn't fit me, let me try on an altered version. Also makes it just head knowledge, not heart knowledge. To leave it as head knowledge is leaving it from where it's most important, the heart.

    Personally, I would much rather pray to One who's tangible form I have not yet seen, but who's voice my heart can hear than to pray to a wooden, metal, or stone idol that decomposes, wears, and tarnishes before my eyes...

    >Must be a world class summary to be able to confine religions such as islam, christianity or buddhism to two pages and a reader friendly fold out chart. . . .>

    It's not difficult to break the main points down into less than that;
    islam - pray to a dead man and kill nonbelievers
    christianity - pray to a spirit who lives forever, love one another, care for the poor (non-believers included), forgive your enemies, etc
    buddhism - basically you bow before a statue until you are enlightened enough that you become your own god. Wow, I'd be in trouble if I was my god. How does that help me? LOL

    But then we do have freedom of the press and free will so everyone can/should have an opinion.

    I leave with one final thought, a song that went through my head as I read this,
    "Counterfeit religion has been around for a while
    Mixing in the bad with the good, it causes lots of trials
    But just like with diamonds, the fake will be unmasked.....
    The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.....
    But only 'til the heart is changed can the old become the new...."

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