Best Holy Books
From Wikipedia: "Religious texts, also known as scripture, scriptures, holy writ, or holy books, are the texts which various religious traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition."

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1 Holy Bible: King James Version
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2 The Book of Mormon
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 55,934 ratings
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3 The Bhagavad Gita
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 30,882 ratings
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4 Tao Te Ching
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 54,737 ratings
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5 The Quran
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 28,785 ratings
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6 Pearl of Great Price
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 4,186 ratings
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7 The Doctrine and Covenants ...
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 3,665 ratings
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8 The Upanishads
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,189 ratings
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9 The Dhammapada
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 10,053 ratings
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10 The Book of the Law
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11 Jesus the Christ
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4.66 of 5 stars 4.66 avg rating — 14,025 ratings
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12 The Torah: The Five Books o...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 891 ratings
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13 The Eternal Plan: Revealed
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4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 8 ratings
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14 The Analects
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 7,970 ratings
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14 The I Ching or Book of Changes
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 10,387 ratings
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16 Mahabharata
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,076 ratings
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17 The Imitation of Christ
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 9,291 ratings
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18 Teachings of the Prophet Jo...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 1,892 ratings
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19 The Egyptian Book of the Dead
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,439 ratings
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20 Ramayana
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 3,014 ratings
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21 Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 36 ratings
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22 Popol Vuh
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,893 ratings
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23 The Lotus Sutra
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 694 ratings
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24 Journal of Discourses: Volu...
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25 Apocrypha
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 150 ratings
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25 The Tibetan Book of Living ...
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27 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Col...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 3,871 ratings
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28 Masnavi-Ma'navi
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 3,038 ratings
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29 The Essential Kabbalah: The...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 631 ratings
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30 The Philokalia, Volume 2: T...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 163 ratings
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30 Zafarnama
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 38 ratings
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32 John Climacus: The Ladder o...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 200 ratings
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33 The Complete Works of Lao T...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 197 ratings
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34 The Diamond Sutra of the Bu...
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35 High History of the Holy Gr...
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36 Living Buddha, Living Christ
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37 The Way of a Pilgrim and th...
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38 Chumash Stone Edition (Arts...
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39 Tanach: The Torah, Prophets...
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39 The Pilgrim's Progress
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41 The Didache: Text, Translat...
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42 The Soncino Chumash: The Fi...
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43 The Quest of the Holy Grail
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,088 ratings
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43 The Celestine Prophecy (Cel...
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 60,772 ratings
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45 The Mishnah
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 12 ratings
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46 Legacy of Love: My Educatio...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 48 ratings
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47 Mormonism and Early Christi...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 204 ratings
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48 The Choice
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49 Common Sense Religion: A Gu...
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49 Breakfast at the Victory
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 139 ratings
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49 The NIV English-Greek New T...
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49 The Nag Hammadi Library
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 2,719 ratings
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49 (اوستا: کهن‌ترین سرودها و م...
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49 Chronological Life Applicat...
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49 Your Meaning
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49 Annabran Documents, The Hol...
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49 My Country 'Tis of Thee
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49 La Bible:  Ancien Testament...
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49 Seven Sisters: Spiritual Me...
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49 Be healed - How to Unlock t...
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49 A Course in Miracles
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62 英訳・日蓮大聖人御書
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 16 ratings
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62 The Book of Wisecracks: Win...
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62 When Things Fall Apart: Hea...
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62 Sri Isopanisad
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 212 ratings
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62 The Cost of Discipleship
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62 Wandering on the Way: Early...
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62 La Sainte Bible: Qui Compre...
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62 The Rapture and The Great T...
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62 Dianetics: The Modern Scien...
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2.19 of 5 stars 2.19 avg rating — 1,700 ratings
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62 Awaken the Supernatural You!
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72 The Pagan Book of Living an...
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72 When One Day at a Time is T...
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72 A Course in Miracles, Combi...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 15,581 ratings
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72 Meetings with Angels
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72 Diné Bahane': The Navajo Cr...
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72 Scientology: The Fundamenta...
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72 Revelation Mysteries Decode...
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79 Gateway to Knowledge, Volum...
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79 The Complete Artscroll Siddur
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79 Never Alone: A Personal Way...
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79 When The Bad Times Are Over...
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79 The Peacegiver: How Christ ...
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79 The Cloud of Unknowing: and...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 492 ratings
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79 Book of the Hopi: The first...
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79 Tales from the Tao: The Wis...
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79 Ineffabilis Deus: Defining ...
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79 Japji Sahib - The Song of t...
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79 Scientology: A New Slant On...
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90 Artscroll Tehillim (The Art...
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90 The Enlightened Heart
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90 The search for inner peace
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90 The Mountains of Tibet
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 146 ratings
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90 Mother Earth, Father Sky: N...
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90 The Art of Peace
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 992 ratings
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90 Embraced By The Light
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90 Mysticism: The Nature and D...
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90 The Diamond in Your Pocket:...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 304 ratings
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90 Rerum Novarum: On The Condi...
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90 Lamb: The Gospel According ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 92,494 ratings
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156 books · 464 voters · list created July 22nd, 2008 by Michael Economy (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-18 of 18) (18 new)

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message 1: by Najibah (new)

Najibah Abu Bakar Teman-teman, kalian pun boleh mencalonkan buku-buku Faisal kegemaran, sehingga 100 buku seorang :). Cubalah add.


message 2: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Seriously, Santa Claus? It might be nice, but it's not a holy book.


message 3: by Laura (last edited Sep 03, 2008 06:56AM) (new)

Laura It belongs on this list as much as Lolita belongs on the list "Worst Books of All Time."


message 4: by Gary (new)

Gary It belongs on this list even more than that. It is essentially a Cliffs Notes version of the bible which, as of this writing, occupies three (3) different spots on the list, depending on which version you choose. So, why not this version?

It can save people a lot of time -- time they can spend reading The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


message 5: by Brad (new)

Brad Holy means pure and untampered with and the bible ain't that


message 6: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Brad wrote: "Holy means pure and untampered with and the bible ain't that"
Is there any mere book that could possibly qualify?


message 7: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Nov 18, 2010 03:03AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) "The Lord of the Rings?" "A Christmas Carol?" "Atlas Shrugged?" "Faust?" "The Aeneid?" Seriously, folks ...


message 8: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Themis-Athena wrote: ""The Lord of the Rings?" "A Christmas Carol?" "Atlas Shrugged?" Seriously, folks ..."

How about the "big penis book"? I know some people worship them, but...


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) It would certainly qualify under the heading "an epic battle spanning millennia" ...


message 10: by Derya (last edited Nov 18, 2010 03:33PM) (new)

Derya Antoine wrote: "Brad wrote: "Holy means pure and untampered with and the bible ain't that"
Is there any mere book that could possibly qualify?"


You did not ask me, but here's the answer: The Qur'an, the pure & untampered.


message 11: by Jim (last edited Nov 18, 2010 04:22PM) (new)

Jim I add my surprise at what some people consider to be holy books.

Also, No 1 is the King James Bible LDS Version - I don't think most of the voters saw or understood that LDS means Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church).


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Part of the problem with that LDS edition is that at one time it was combined with all other bible editions, so if you shelved any of those other editions, now it looks like you shelved the LDS edition. (This is a problem larger than just Listopia voting.)


message 13: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink Lobstergirl wrote: "Part of the problem with that LDS edition is that at one time it was combined with all other bible editions, so if you shelved any of those other editions, now it looks like you shelved the LDS edi..."

Yes that's what happened when I shelved a King James version. ;(


message 14: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Nov 19, 2010 04:33PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) The KJV "sans LDS" is back now as a separate book, though (currently no. 25), so you can remedy your vote if you still want to! :)


message 15: by Michael (new)

Michael God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, (at number 10 on the list as I post this) would seem from its title to not be a holy book.


message 16: by Andrew (last edited Feb 04, 2014 10:17AM) (new)

Andrew O Man 90% of these books don't belong on here. All the anti-religios books need to go and hate to break it to people, but Plato didn't write religious scripture and neither did Ayn Rand. Please do remove all non religious scripture.


message 17: by Linda (new)

Linda Kroshewsky What a weird list, fiction, strange cults, satantic manuals, mutilated bibles, all mixed with false phophets, and one or two real picks. I completely agree with Andrew.


message 18: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Not as bad a list as I expected to find - clearly some maintenance has been done - though some more is needed. I'm thinking removing Dante and the Aeneid is the most obvious.


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