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The Good Book(s) - April 5th 2013, 01:05 AM

Obvious play on words here, but what are some books you have found inspirational (or useless) in your faith, religious journey, enlightenment, etc?

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Just started this one, very interesting so far. It makes the point that most people ignore or deny death until they are forced to face it, then do so with a lot of fear and suffering. "To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance."

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. I must admit that I do not care for Mr. Dawkin's views on god and religion, but he is witty and the science here is well-presented. I understand he has problems with monotheism, as do I, but he seems to represent the belief that there is no higher order or purpose, which I find unlikely. Also, to say there is "nothing" after death is as silly as to claim we will live forever in the clouds. Evolution is fascinating though, and Dawkins does a good job of explaining away the misconceptions about it.

Answers from the Heart by Thich Naht Hanh. If I had to pick one of this author's books, I guess this would be it. All of his stuff is great though, some very inspirational quotes and a healthy view on life, suffering, joy, and death.

Essays on God and Religion by Bertrand Russell. This guy is practically a comedian as far as philosophers go. He is an agnostic who believes the existence of god can neither be proved nor disproved. Some of his rebuttals against Christian dogma are simply hilarious, regardless of your religious affiliation.



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