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The Heathen's Guide to World Religions: A Secular History of the 'One True Faiths'

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The Heathen's Guide to World Religions is a humorous but accurate history of the murder, lust, greed, and sheer stupidity that have made the world's religions what they are today. "Hopper represents the most lethal of organized religions many opponents: a curious, well-educated individual with a sharp wit." Queen's University Journal Review "Wickedly fun and informative." ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Eris Publications
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Feb 23, 2015 Barb rated it liked it
This book is a good survey of the world's major religions from an historical perspective. The cynical humor makes the book more entertaining to read (if you aren't too attached to any of the religions Hopper discusses). My copy had a table of contents and an index, but the book itself had no page numbers, so they were of marginal help in finding material. The many, many editing errors were annoying. They detracted from the credibility of the author and drew attention away from the otherwise info ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Book rated it really liked it
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The Heathen's Guide to World Religions by William Hopper

"The Heathen's Guide to World Religions" is an irreverent, humorous, yet informative book about world religions. The book focuses on the origin of five major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. This 312-page book is composed of five major chapters based on the aforementioned religions and many subchapters.


1. A surprisingly informative book on the major religions of the world.
2. Better researched tha
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Mar 06, 2016 NJ Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the completely irreverent tone towards the religious, this is a very informative book about the major religions. Each religion is tackled concisely, and gives a very good overview about all the 5 world religions.

Of course, so as not to offend EVERYBODY, he did not include a satirical listing of strange beliefs and practices of each religion. Maybe there is just too many to list - but perhaps a top 10 list for each religion would be appropriate for a "Heathen's Guide".

The most interestin
Jun 25, 2012 Astarzak rated it really liked it
So...I think I would really like to give this book 3 and 3/4 stars...but Goodreads doesn't give that option. This book was hugely entertaining and very interesting. The only reason I would mark it down, is that it got slightly droll in a couple sections and at least the version I had had MANY editing errors (as if it had never actually been edited). I really enjoyed the author's humor...and even though at first I almost thought it was too blasphemous (which is funny coming from an atheist)...he ...more
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Feb 29, 2012 Kylene Jones rated it really liked it
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This was a very interesting book that went through the history of five major religions. He looked at facts that could be proven and not the myths in the holy books. I found it fascinating at times at how much the three religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all started the same way and all have the same basic beliefs. There is not much difference there. It is so sad how many people hate over these silly differences in a mythology. (No slamming please, this is MY OPINION)
Jul 25, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
A bit on the satirical side, but does a great job in explaining the history of the major faiths on the planet... Everything contained within does have a bibliographical reference... All in all it is a fun ride through history, letting you see how the modern religions were invented and how they kept the control over all of these years.
Jun 04, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved reading this book! Hilarious and informative all at the same time. Too bad it had so many typos and editing issues - but I wouldn't let that deter anyone from reading it. I had a blast reading this book!
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Jun 30, 2013 Donovan Rowlands rated it really liked it
Funny but clearly one sided (atheism) point of view. I recommend it.
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