Just to ask, did reading any of this make you wanna convert? My sister wants to read more into religion but i'm kinda worried she's gonna be too influenced by it and become a total jesus freak.
>Just to ask, did reading any of this make you wanna convert?
No. I was raised Catholic, and I'm still Catholic. If anything, it's solidified my beliefs.
Some of the Non-Canon Gospels are very interesting. Particularly The Gospel of Thomas, and parts about the childhood of Jesus. Extremely interesting, but it all just seems too extreme to be true.
I'm in the middle of reading the Book of Mormon right now, so I'll reserve judgement till I complete it.
The Koran, is basically just ISIS though. Anyone who claims it's peaceful is either lying or they haven't read it.
The Gospel of Judas fascinating as well, but again it just seems too strange to accept as canonical.
I think you should look into supplementary texts as well - histories and commentaries that add context and nuance. I would also look into the mystic traditions of each religion, it's very interesting.
Continue with the Greeks
t. John Scottus "My dick don't exist so it ain't gonna fit" Eriugena
Yes if you want a good insight into religion in the West, especially Christianity, read Plato + Aristotle and then get Edward Feser's book Aquinas. He's a Catholic classical theologian and pretty good.
Dialogues of Plato
The Gnostic Gospels
Works of Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite
Confession & City of God
The Kingdom of God is in You
Tao Teh Ching
Tao of Pooh
Te of Piglet
The Lotus Sutra
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Pah Lavi Textx
Shri Guru Granth Sahib
the malleus maleficarm
the seven tablets of creation
the koryak texts
the most holy trinosophia
the divine pymander
the virgin of the world
The Liber Al
any other Thelamic texts
the path on the rainbow
I was raised catholic and practice's for many years but have not practice's for many years since then. I am now interested in reviving my faith. Do you have book reccomendations for me? I would like to know the history of the church and a good Bible with notes on the text. Thanks
Not him, but there's a reading list here, and several of the titles are pretty compatible with Catholicism, and they're probably strengthen your faith: http://pastebin.com/bN1ujq2x
The Way of the Pilgrim is especially good for faith, and very easy to read.
This whole meme obviously shows you have very little comprehension of the texts you've read. Then again, nobody here seems to have understood anything of what they've read, as proven by >>7607880.
OP, just look at the big names for now, if you've only got the Holy Books down. Depending on your interests, Bhagavad Gita/Mahabharata, a book of Hadith, Hossein Nasr (reading him myself atm, interesting read. I've personally got ''The Garden of Truth'', a work on Sufism), other Islamic authors that I haven't read, but read much about are Ibn Arabi, Ibn Taymiyyah (big author for fundamentalists) Ibn Rushd and Al-Ghazzali. For Christianity maybe some Augustine/Aquinas/Plotinus and all that stuff (I've only read Augustine so far) and introductory books on any religion will do, really, to give you more perspectives.
I think if you read enough of the main works of all religions you'll find that, though religion might be a bit wonky, there is nothing strange about the concept of God at all. Especially the work on Sufism helped me realize this.
This is the version I read.
As far as reading material is concerned, The Gospel of Matthew is the most important book in the New Testament (If you're Catholic). Mainly due to his emphasis on the Holy Trinity. So, if you read only 1 book out of the Bible, it should probably be Matthew.
>How is it? Beautiful, profound, boring, insane, all of that and more?
Remember that the entire Bible is not just one book but a collection of over 60 books. Most of them written by different authors and during different time periods, some of them hundreds of years apart. So yeah, the quality is very fluctuating. It's worth it though imo.
I've never read the King James version, since I'm Catholic. But, this anon >>7609568
summed it up pretty well.
Since I'm Catholic, I only really accept the New Testament as canonical (Particularly Matthew's portion) The Old Testament has plenty of great books too though. Genesis, Exodus, Job, The Proverbs etc are all amazing books. I'll admit there are boring portions of the Bible as well (Leviticus, Numbers, The Acts) It's a mix of both.