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Religions in Four Dimensions: Existential and Aesthetic, Historical and 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.
Ancient Israel
Ancient Iran
The Jews since Jeremiah: exile & return
The New Testament
Post-Biblical Christianity
Muhammad & the Koran
Islam after Muhammad
Ancient India
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1976 by Reader's Digest Press/Thomas Y. Crowell Company (first published 1976)
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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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“The problem of evil is unanswerable if one believes that there is only one god and that he is omnipotent as well as infinitely good, merciful, and just. But as soon as one denies one or more of these premises, the problem disappears. The belief in two great gods, one good and one evil, is merely one way of doing that. Polytheism is another. Belief in only one god who is omnipotent but not infinitely good, just, and merciful is a third way. Belief in a god who has these moral qualities but who is not omnipotent is a fourth. Belief in no god at all, a fifth.” 0 likes
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