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History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1: From…

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian… (1976)

by Mircea Eliade

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Series: History of Religious Ideas (volume 1)

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One of the best histories of religion I've ever read. Since it comes from an anthropological viewpoint, there is little of "this religion, good ... this religion, bad." It simply presents the data and allows the reader to form his or her own opinions. ( )
  bfgar | May 14, 2014 |
It is a wonderful book. It gives you a comprehensive and coherent story of religious ideas starting from the Stone Age and ending with Judaism, Greek methodology, and India before Buddha. Eliade is a passionate writer. Although sometimes the author expects the readers to know quite a lot about the history of the period (understandable for the work of that scope), he is very clear with his main ideas. I would recommend this book not only to academicians, but to all those who would like to reflect on what we usually take for granted, religious values. What we often consider to be adversarial and incompatible, is in fact much more interconnected and coalesced than we would expect... ( )
  zhenya_sam | Mar 6, 2011 |
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Despite its importance for an understanding of the religious phenomenon, we shall not here discuss the problem of "hominization."
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"No one has done so much as Mr. Eliade to inform literature students in the West about 'primitive' and Oriental religions. . . . Everyone who cares about the human adventure will find new information and new angles of vision."—Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review

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Illuminates the creative moments of the major traditions from prehistoric times through classical Greece arguing that religious values and meaning grew with social and technological innovation

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