Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Religions in Four Dimensions: Existential and Aesthetic, Historical and Comparative” as Want to Read:
Religions in Four Dimensions: Existential and Aesthetic, Historical and Comparative
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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
...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1976 by Reader's Digest Press/Thomas Y. Crowell Company (first published 1976)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Religions in Four Dimensions, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Religions in Four Dimensions

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Carlos
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
Erik Graff
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.
Erik
rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2008
Wade
rated it liked it
Dec 28, 2013
Taylor Whitt
rated it really liked it
Nov 19, 2013
Gail
rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2008
Joshua
rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2012
Ted
rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2007
Mark Derderian
rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2009
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
14824
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.

He is renowned as a scholar an
...more
More about Walter Kaufmann...
“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
More quotes…