Best Books to Read on Comparative Religion

Comparative religion is a booming branch to understand different religions. Below is a list of the best books that one can read on comparative religion-

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam ( – This book by Karen Armstrong compares the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity and explores their history.

The World’s Religions ( – This book by Hudson Smith explains essential elements and teachings of the world′s predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania.  

The Golden Bough ( – This books talks about the primitive beliefs of our ancestors including their religious beliefs, what Gods they worshipped and their societal habits. It is written by James George Frazer.

The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism ( – Another book by Karen Armstrong, it analyses our secular age governed by reason and technology, and why fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion.

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion ( – This classic by famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred.  

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