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What religious texts have YOU read?

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posted on Feb, 12 2008 @ 07:45 PM
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I just counted 142 religious books on one of the 6 book shelves I have in this room. Not sure if the Sefer Yetzirah counts as religious text, although it's called a book of creation. Personally, I think that one might be an ancient science book. Anyway, that would be 143 books. Have read many more that I thought were not worth keeping on the book shelves and tossed them out or loaned them, not asking for them back. Have written 2 books on religious topics. Not sure if that counts, either.

As you may have guessed, I enjoy reading about (what I consider to be)deeper matters. Contrary to the idea that it fosters indoctrination, I feel that such questing mandates one think for oneself.

Does "Origin of Species" or "Descent of Man" count as religious texts? JK, MIMS. *hugs*




posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 07:29 AM
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i actually laughed quietly to myself.

anyway, that's quite the impressive collection you have, care to make any reading suggestions for the class?

[edit on 4/5/08 by madnessinmysoul]



posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 09:09 AM
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The Bible (3 times)
The Prayer of Jabez
The Gospel of Thomas
The Book of Mormon
The Apocrypha
The Book of Jasher
The Gnostic Gospels
The Bhagavad-Gita
Roman, Norse, and Egyptian Mythologies
Native American Mythologies/Histories
Various books by Alistair Crowley
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Necronomicon - Book of the Dead
and by H. P. Blavatsky: Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine and Practical Occultism
in addition over 50 books on Wicca and Witchcraft/Pagan Religous beliefs and practices.



posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 09:58 AM
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Quran arabic version once (reading again)
and the Translated version to English



posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 01:38 PM
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just something i've been wondering, is there any significant difference for you between the arabic and english version?



posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 02:40 PM
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not really a diffrence.



posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 10:05 PM
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Why, yes I do have suggested reading material(s), MIMS. Thanks for asking.
Life, Death, Hereafter (put out by Laymen's Home Missionary Movement) by Paul S.L. Johnson. Goes quite in depth about why the dogma concerning "hell" is a religious fallacy. You'd probably like it. It does not have kind things to say about religiosity.

Studies in the Scriptures; also by Paul S.L. Johnson and published by the same group. Self-explanatory topic. Several volumes.

Rotherham's translation of the Bible. Lots of insightful footnotes.

Paganistic False Views of the Almighty; written by an acquaintance of mine, Eddie McCartney. (I did the editing on that one). They're not for sale but I could send you one for free if you're interested.

The Latent Power of the Soul by Watchman Nee. Interesting theory of early man presented in this book. He would have fit right in on ATS (had he not been killed by the communist Chinese).

The Prophet by Frank Peretti. A novel that depicts the difficulties of the Christian walk in an entertaining way.

That should get you started. I've read some real stinkers, too. Good idea asking for recommendations. Could save some of us the time of reading stuff that isn't really worth the effort.

What are you (and others) recommendations? Also, let me know if you want me to send you that book. U2U me with an acceptable address.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 09:03 AM
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Here are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.
  • The Bible, both independently and in Divinity class at school.
  • The Koran (in translation of course)
  • The Dhammapada
  • The Mahaparinibbana-sutta
  • Various other Buddhist sutras, though not necessarily in their entirety
  • The Vinaya - the rule of life for Buddhist monks
  • The Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan 'Book of the Dead'
  • Aquinas's 'proofs' of the existence of God
  • Dionysius Areopagates' treatise on angels
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • Various Gnostic exegeses
  • The Bhagavad-gita
  • The Rig-veda
  • The Tao Te Ching

...and of course...

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 11:12 AM
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The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of John
The Book of Baruch
The Secret Book of John
The Reality of the Rulers
The Revelation of Adam
Three Forms of First Thought
The Three Steles of Seth
The Vision of the Foreigner
The Sermon of Zostrianos
The Baptismal Ceremony of the Gospel of Egyptians
Thunder
The Letter of Peter to Philip
The Gospel of Truth
Parts of the Book of Enoch
Parts of the Bible
Parts of the Book of Mormon
Parts of the Tao te Ching
The Way of the Pilgrim
Parts of The Tibetan Book of the Dead



posted on Jun, 4 2008 @ 08:46 AM
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i recently read part of Dianetics...no, i couldn't get through all of it, kind of heavy and boring and a bit ridiculous.

just wanted to add.
oh, and i've read a bit more ancient Egyptian stuff...kind of messed up...
like ejaculating into your relative's salad so that it looks like your sperm got into his stomach via anal rape...



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 08:58 PM
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Wanted to bump and dust off this ol' thread.

As of now I've read (on top of previously listed items)...a lot of Norse religious texts, Germanic religious texts, The Odyssey, The Illiad, The Bhagavad Gita, some Tibetan stuff, some Japanese stuff and a lot of random assorted mythology.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 09:46 PM
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Bible (all of the New Testament, most of the Old Testament)
Qur'an
Bhagavad Gita
Upanishads
Dhammapada and Mahayana Sutras
Nag Hammadi Codecs (Gnostic)
Epic of Gilgamesh
Tao Teh Ching
some Wicca material
Corpus Hermeticum



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