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Religions in Four Dimensions: Existential & Aesthetic, Historical & Comparative

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Well produced, copiously illustrated scholarly tome covering all major world religions. Well over 200 illustrations including 183 in color, photos by the author. Includes a bibliography.
Prologue
Ancient Israel
Ancient Iran
The Jews since Jeremiah: exile & return
The New Testament
Post-Biblical Christianity
Muhammad & the Koran
Islam after Muhammad
Ancient India
Hinduism
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Published April 1977 by McGraw-Hill (first published 1976)
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Carlos Burga
I was really disappointed with this book. Kaufmann starts the book amazingly well. He explains the importance of seeing religions as evolving institutions of human character, with members whose actions not always align with its precepts and which did not form in a vacuum of social-historical context. The first section, dealing with Judaism, was equally good. He goes on to explain the cultural and historical context in which it formed and the way it evolved through time. Although Kaufmann does ge ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 23, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comparative religionists
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Shelves: religion
Dad gave me this book as my reward for finishing Grinnell College with a religion major. His choice of Kaufmann was apt as I very much liked Kaufmann at the time, both as a translator of Nietzsche and as a philosopher. His choice of this particular book by Kaufmann was less happy because this is basically a much-illustrated coffee table book. The author does know his stuff about subcontinental religions however.
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Walter Arnold Kaufmann was a German-American philosopher, translator, and poet. A prolific author, he wrote extensively on a broad range of subjects, such as authenticity and death, moral philosophy and existentialism, theism and atheism, Christianity and Judaism, as well as philosophy and literature. He served for over 30 years as a Professor at Princeton University.

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