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The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in September, 1975

I read this many years ago for a college course in religious philosophy, so I don't remember the specifics of it all that well. But I do recall that it provided an excellent perspective on religion and its place in human society, presumably since humanity began. I recall that the other text we used in that course was by Huston Smith, I believe it was The Religions of Man, which is since retitled The World's Religions.

As someone who grew up in a not very religious family but one nonetheless grounded in Protestant Christianity, learning more about other belief systems opened the world to me in a way that studying political science or world literature could not. Religion and spirituality have fascinated me ever since, not just as a means toward firming up my beliefs (in fact the more I learn and experience the looser they become, but I consider that a good thing) so much as a way to begin to understand people, mankind as a whole.
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