Throughout history, religion has been a powerful motivator for every society. Both wars and charities claim it as a motivator. As a life long agnostic and average high school student, I have very little experience with any religion. This is a problem. In order to understand the world, I need to be able to understand one of humanity's biggest motivators. And I can't stop with going to a local youth group. In the summer of 2017, I spent a week or so on several world religions (Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam). As the school year sways into swing, I''ll continue with this sentiment. I will continue reading religious literature, interviewing people of many faiths on their and other religions, visiting places of worship and more. I plan on broadening the scope of religions I encounter and delving deeper into my weekly religions. Please join me for this journey.
This book got straight to the point. No publishing information or title page. It immediately refers the reader to verses which they may need under various circumstances. Tiny text drips off each packed page. Though I loathe paying for a service normally given for free, I love the aesthetic of this little book. Fake red leather, golden embossed letters, and tissue paper pages mark it as beautiful addition to a book shelf. To learn more about the actual content of the Bible, click here.
I think that, in my research in Buddhism, I will focus on Theravada Buddhism (The School of the Elders). It is the eldest form of Buddhism, and, if I go into the other schools, it would serve as a pretty good jumping-off point for understanding other forms.
This website has a lot of amazing information on Theravada Buddhism, which I will try to read.
This article presented a portrait of modern Zoroastrianism, which was informative and poignantly presented. Zoroastrianism is currently in the decline, as this is a fairly insular and exclusive religion. Though their scripts do not explicitly forbid it, many Zoroastrian priests do not accept converts or the children of a mixed marriage as Zoroastrians. Modern Zoroastrian communities are thinly dispersed, all over the globe, united by the basic tenet ” good thoughts, good words, good deeds.”
I couldn’t resist this analytical text on Hinduism. This book is short and sweet, filled with connections and information I wouldn’t have found otherwise. In 105 pages, it obviously couldn’t go into depth on any subject, but it did give attention to a wide array of information. I recommend it for someone who wants to gain a basic grasp of what Hinduism is in as little time as possible.