Hard to fault,
This review is from: The Story Of God (Paperback)
You have to want to read a book like this, but it is very rewarding. Robert Winston rose hugely in my estimation by writing this.
THe brief histories of so many religions are absolutely fascinating, and tend to back up my own long-held view that all monotheisms are essentially the same, and we fight over what we call our god and how we worship him/her, which is of course utterly ridiculous.
I think if some of the anti-religion writers took note of this style, we could overcome the ranting and bludgeoning of "The God Delusion" and elevate things to a real debate, rather than the school playground raspberry blowing which generally passes for debate.
The only fault I think anyone could call for this book is that if Winston expresses any opinion, or even bias, it's in the volume dedicated to each subject; aside from pointing out the logic he sees in the Jewish faith (and he is very open about this) he works extremely hard to keep opinion at bay (apart perhaps from Mel Gibson and "The Passion of the Christ", which made me look at that film again).
This is a very worthy book and deserves to be very widely read.