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Mankind’s Search for God

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  306 ratings  ·  28 reviews
During the thousands of years of mankind's history, man's search for God has led down many pathways. The result has been the enormous diversity of religious expression found worldwide from the endless variety of Hinduism to the monotheism of Judaism, Islam, and Christendom and to the Oriental philosophies of Shinto, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. In other vast regions ...more
Hardcover, First Printing, 379 pages
Published 1990 by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc
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LUCILLE
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.
Vigilante
Jan 13, 2008 Vigilante rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Walter
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
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Anna
Nov 25, 2008 Anna is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ginger Creasy
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.
Heather Renee'
One of my favorite peices of literature. So illuminating and easy for anyone to comprehend.
bookyeti
Enlightening. Objective. Read it!
Ronnie
This book is so amazing
Angela
11/02/12
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.

11/08/12
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
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Calle
"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
Sue
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.
Sue
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.
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
Sandy
Learn the truth about all religions.
Robert Geer
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
L.L.
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
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Kaleb Lukowicz
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.
Daniel
Oct 08, 2012 Daniel marked it as to-read
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
Mark
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
Ryan Hewett
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
María
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
MsPage
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
It promotes the Bible truth, but does a good job of explaining what different religions teach.
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Gayan
i just want to read this book.
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