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The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought Unknown Binding – 19 Apr 1990

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HASH(0x9196d58c) out of 5 stars Apologia Pro Noia Sua 19 Jun. 2005
By John Philoponus - Published on
Format: Unknown Binding
":it is probably accurate to estimate that in any decade of these two centuries more was written about religion in German scholarship alone than had been produced in an entire century of the early church." J. Pelikan, Preface

The Courage to Explore:

If the Yale eminent scholar, who devoted forty years to the history of religious thought has found it a bit daunting to put it together, do not be scared away from exploring this intellectually challenging collection. You will discover some enticing writings that will tickle your mind and boost your intellect.

I started examining the contents, and kept counting the pieces I read, or even heard of, and was happy to find some: The Grand Inquisitor; Beyond Good and Evil; Religion, the Opium of the People; I and Thou, The Screwtape Letters, Reverence for Life, the God above God, In the Beginning, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Orthodoxy, The Importance of Living, The Phenomenon of Man, letters from prison. ... Be hopeful, so far so good.

Delicacy in Edition:

After reading the preface to discover the thematic plan of the intellectually enhancing editor, you examine the contents to identify the guide posts. They are Eight: Introduction, that he shares with Dostoyvesky's inquisitor. The Unbeliever, The Will to believe are in first group. The grandeur of God, Reverence for Life, and Reconstruction of Tradition go into a second group. While Love Abides, 'Mystical' Visions, and Faith & Freedom form the epilogue.

Patrick Henry, of the Institute of Ecumenical and Cultural Research concludes that; "This anthology is the best available sourcebook for anyone who realizes, or even just suspects, that the role of religious tradition in the modern world is part of tommorow's news, not simply yesterday's history."

Religious Thought Treasury:

Professor Pelikan selects some 66 pieces, of inspirational writings of the modern period, collected from the last two century World class religious literature. The writings explore central issues, and different approaches to faith in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and atheism, arranged in eight topical sections, the selection includes a diversity of writings in anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and theology, that had made an impact on modern religious experience. The writers are as diverse as their writing areas, religions, and ethnic origin. While many of the articles are famous, at least to intellectuals, Pelikan includes a number of less known material. He has done the intelligent reader a great service, making accessible, in one volume, an interesting collection of a broad spectrum of the best of relatively recent religious thought.

Treasurer Jaroslav Pelikan:

"Jaroslav Pelikan is one of the world's leading scholars in the history of Christianity and has authored more than 30 books including the five volume The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (1971-1989). He is the Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University where he served on the faculty from 1962 to 1996. He is the immediate past president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences" (

Recently, Jaroslav Pelikan was received into full communion with the Orthodox Church in America. In an open letter to members of Bethesda Lutheran Church, to which he had belonged, Pelikan called the move a "logical culmination of a development in my mind and spirit that has been going on for decades."
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HASH(0x9196d5e0) out of 5 stars Deep Thought 29 Dec. 2012
By Brandon Polk - Published on
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I studied religion in college and this book was probably one of the most interesting things I read in my time there.
HASH(0x918457a4) out of 5 stars Enlightening 8 Jun. 2013
By Kratos - Published on
This book explores religion from numerous perspectives and challenges one to think and question their beliefs. The book is divided into eight sections each containing a number of brief essays on how man perceives God. The first section "The Unbelievers" includes writings from Camus, Nietzsche and Freud discussing their reasoning for no God. This book challenges the reader to examine their beliefs and their faith or lack of faith. An excellent read.
HASH(0x917d8d74) out of 5 stars outstanding anthology -- thought provoking; not bland or proforma 7 Jun. 2013
By cinnamongirl - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
a strong, intriguing way to get introduced to key thoughts and feelings of significant religious thinkers and activists in a few pages each
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