Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mankind’s Search for God” as Want to Read:
Mankind’s Search for God
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mankind’s Search for God

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  395 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Throughout mankind's history the search for God has led up many pathways, resulting in a diversity of religious expression. Has this search for God been successful? Through this book we invite you to join in that fascinating search for the true God.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 1990 by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mankind’s Search for God, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Gabriel Sanchez Hello, if you go to your nearest Jehovah's witness or Jehova's witness kingdom hall you can request or attain a free copy of the book. the book is…moreHello, if you go to your nearest Jehovah's witness or Jehova's witness kingdom hall you can request or attain a free copy of the book. the book is titled mankind's search for god(less)
The Origin of Species by Charles DarwinThe Case for a Creator by Lee StrobelDarwin's Black Box by Michael J. BeheWhy Evolution Is True by Jerry A. CoyneThe Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
Creation vs. Evolution
33rd out of 82 books — 66 voters
Holy Bible by AnonymousThe Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr.The Quran / القرآن الكريم by AnonymousThe Bhagavad Gita by Krishna-Dwaipayana VyasaTao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Best Holy Books
64th out of 192 books — 568 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,104)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 14, 2012 LUCILLE rated it it was amazing
One of the three books that I could not put down until I finished reading in my entire life. So well-researched, very informative and no biases on any religions. The JWs as publisher was only discussed very sparingly at the final chapters. I believe no other entity could produce a well-researched and well-documented book as this.
Jan 13, 2008 Vigilante rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: religion
From Buddhism to Taoism, Islam to Judaism, this publication is an interesting inquiry into the history and beliefs of today's major religions.
Jul 05, 2009 Walter rated it liked it
When I picked this book up in a (used) book store and noted that publisher was the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, I had a vague notion of the import. Then I figured it out concretely - this is an official survey of the world's religions by the Jehovah's Witnesses church - and my hopes for an objective piece evaporated. Oh, well, I thought, might as well see what it has to say....

And it has a lot to say. It's actually a pretty good survey of the world's major religions with s
Ginger Creasy
Oct 15, 2013 Ginger Creasy rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It really gives you an honest understanding of why so many religions and where they came from.It also helps honest hearted people to find the truth. Jehovah's witnesses live the bible, that's why they know it so well. And this book just rounds out their bible education.
Nov 19, 2009 bookyeti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Enlightening. Objective. Read it!
Nov 25, 2008 Anna is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Anna by: My own search for God
Religion, how did it begin? and where? Is there One Truth? IF there is, what about the rest? If none, why so Many? Is this how the Creator wanted it to be? To learn about other religions, faiths or principles does not constitute one to be unfaithful to what he/she originally stands for or believes. It adds to the richness of one's understanding of people around us, what they believe in, why they believe, how they come to believe. Hence, instead of causing divisions, it can contribute to the unde ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious, resource
I love this book. It looks at a variety of religious groups and compares ideology. It's so concise and comparative. It's clear and easy to understand. One of my favorites.
Heather Renee'
Jan 22, 2008 Heather Renee' rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs
One of my favorite peices of literature. So illuminating and easy for anyone to comprehend.
Sep 11, 2012 Ronnie added it
This book is so amazing
Nov 07, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
I've just begun reading this book. My intentions are to gain a better, even generalized understanding of the various religions it mentions. I hope to find this book to be as objective as possible in the descriptions it provides.

Completed this book today. The general overviews of the various religions were informative and relatively objective.

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn some history and gain understanding. If someone had not given me this book to read, it is unlike
Sep 13, 2014 Calle rated it it was ok
Shelves: jw
"Mankind's Search for God" presents a brief overview of some of the world's biggest religions. These chapters are pretty good and informative and not too biased. But the point of the book is to say that all religions are wrong except for the Jehovah's Witnesses. The book assumes, without proof, that the Bible is literally true so its version of history starts with Adam and Eve and then the flood and the tower of Babel where allegedly people split into different groups which gave rise to all the ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious, resource
This is one of my all time favorite books. The basic or general descriptions it gives of such a variety of religions is amazing. It really helps to understand what some of your acquaintances beliefs may be. It also helped me analyze my own beliefs. I enjoyed every minute of it. It's a re-read and re-read again.
Jun 03, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Learn the truth about all religions.
Dec 31, 2015 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
If you wish to get a solid and detailed back round of the world's major religions, then I do not believe that you can do better than this book here. I took my time reading it, examining the way that men have approached God over the centuries. I have never seen a better description of the corruption of the early Christian Church, or the reformation explained so simply.
Ryan Hewett
May 11, 2013 Ryan Hewett rated it it was amazing
This publication interested me very very very much. It opened my eyes to the ones whom have been mislead by Satan to really value Jehovah's provision through Jesus ransom to reach out undeservedly and show the light. Of course more is required than just knowing and this is placed in its proper valued place so if you want the history of mankind's search for God or would like to read just because or because you feel like your search for the true God is just impossible, please give this a read. You ...more
Michael David
Apr 21, 2016 Michael David rated it really liked it
This book was given to me from a good friend at work. It's a survey of the world's major religions, and I think it was written very well: while it's subtle propaganda, the entirety of the book is based on facts and textual references. It was clearly very well-researched, and as someone who seeks to understand my faith, I needed to be exposed to other beliefs and other religions. The book, while driving home the subliminal point that most of the world's religions fail to sate man's search for tru ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Alkatraz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witness-lit
This was an interesting walk through the world's religions. Major religions are spoken about with respect to the followers. I was impressed by the number of references from secular sources. This was a great read and made me appreciate my stand as one of Jehovah's Witnesses all the more.
Barry Snell
A friend recently asked me if I knew of any simple, comparative overviews on religions of the world. While this handy little text does guide you through a brief, simple overview of some ten faith systems, it is by no means objective. Throughout the text, there is a clear bias which continuously suggests in a very polite tone that the overviews of other religious beliefs only go to "prove" that there is "one true God." The presumption is implied that said deity can be found only through devout Ch ...more
Jul 26, 2014 María rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianlife
This is basically a pocket history of religion.
Amazing stuff. Get ready for the ride, you'll find some revelations shocking if you're not aware of the ties of "christian" churches with pagan religion, etc etc etc
Jan 14, 2012 MsPage rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memories
read this in high school for a book report. i like how it shows how similar the diverse religions are, with the same "myths" like the great flood.
Melissa Waters
Apr 05, 2013 Melissa Waters rated it it was amazing
It promotes the Bible truth, but does a good job of explaining what different religions teach.
Ria Bella
Aug 26, 2015 Ria Bella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great
Amazing Book of all time...
Robert Geer
Jul 13, 2010 Robert Geer rated it did not like it
I was handed this book by a 'supposed'Hindu today at a gas station. I've been studying The Vedas and the Bhagavadgita and have found this to be MY calling. I simply asked if he were Hindu; he replied, "Yes." So I continued to ask him what temple he attended and he told me the location of one. I was excited to finally continue with my beliefs and philosophy and learn further teachings from a guru. On my way out, he handed me this book. I didn't realize till I got home this was a Jehovah Witness' ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Rei rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nie wiem czy można nazwać to książką, ale ISBN na, więc trudno nazwać to inaczej. To taka "broszurka" od Świadków Jehowy, ale ma ponad 350 stron, więc zaliczam do książek.
Ciekawa, bo o różnych religiach, a to mnie interesuje, tylko szkoda, że 'z ich punktu widzenia', a więc nie całkiem obiektywnie.
Co mi się rzuciło w oczy, to fakt, że wiele różnych wspólnych cech mają te największe religie świata. Praktycznie to jest to samo.
Jeszcze jedna ciekawa kwestia - symbolem dżinizmu jest swastyka, a dżin
Kaleb Lukowicz
May 25, 2014 Kaleb Lukowicz rated it it was ok
While the argument can be made that it is fairly informative piece on the World's Religions. There was indeed an underlying bias throughout the entire thing.
It's most evident in the end, but the bias offers an uncomfortable sense of condescension.So much so, I can understand why the last few chapters are frequently skipped.
Oct 08, 2012 Daniel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when it was recommended to me as an excellent source of information on Shinto (which I was, and am, currently researching for a writing project). While it proves interesting from a historical point of view, it fails to focus on any world religion in enough detail to be suitable to my needs. And the bias towards Christianity (the sort of thinly-veiled and subtly condescending "everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so long as it's ours" attitude Jehovah's Witnesses are f ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely promoting Jehovah's Witness beliefs. While it does a decent job of explaining how each religion searches for happiness, I was really dissapointed how biased each chapter was. I didn't feel like the positive attributes of each religion was emphasized at all. The first chapter talks about why it is good to be interested in other religions, but the remainder of the book seems to explain how other religions are inferior. Granted, to believe in one faith it is assumed that all others are i ...more
Shaun Weller
Oct 28, 2012 Shaun Weller rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Subir Pereira
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 36 37 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Facing the Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe
  • The Two Babylons
  • Bedlam: A Year in the Life of a Mental Hospital
  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • Safe from the Sea
  • New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
  • Uncle John's Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!
  • The Nine Lives of Christmas
  • The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady
  • Jane Austen, Obstinate Heart: A Biography
  • So You Think You Know Jane Austen?
  • Collins-Robert French-English, English-French Dictionary =: Robert-Collins Dictionnaire Francais-Anglais, Anglais-Francais
  • Bird Songs: Of North America
  • The 100 Best Affordable Vacations
  • The Redress of Poetry
  • The Slackers Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on Discovering America, the Boston Tea Party, the California Gold Rush, and Lots of Other Stuff Dead White Guys Did
  • Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915
  • Magritte
The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization headquartered in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, United States. It is the main legal entity used worldwide by Jehovah's Witnesses to direct, administer and develop doctrines for the religion and is often referred to by members of the religion simply as "the Society".
More about Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society...

Share This Book

“The teachings of a religion should influence the personality and daily conduct of each believer. Thus, each person's conduct will normally be a reflection, to a greater or lesser degree, of that one's religious background. What effect does your religion have on you? Does your religion produce a kinder person? More generous, honest, humble, tolerant, and compassionate?” 10 likes
More quotes…