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Image of Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief
Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief

Huston Smith wrote the best seller “The World's Religions” (book 17). He also did a 5-part PBS special on religions with Bill Moyers. Smith is an internationally recognized expert, having spent his life learning Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the “Chinese Religious Complex.” (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

General Religion Huston Smith
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Image of The Faith of a Physicist (Theology & the Sciences Series)
The Faith of a Physicist (Theology and the Sciences)

John Polkinghorne was a high-energy theorist who left a successful physics career to become an Anglican minister. He is president of Queen’s College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the British Royal Society. Here he uses the Nicene Creed (381 AD) as an “outline” to express his faith. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Science & Religion John Polkinghorne
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Image of Many Worlds: The New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life, and the Theological Implications
Many Worlds: the New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life and Theological Implications

Steven J. Dick is the historian of science at the US Naval Observatory and an avid follower of cosmology, both physical and spiritual. This book has essays by 12 cosmologists - scientists or theologists, both religious and atheists.

Essays Steven J. Dick, Editor
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Image of The Art of Happiness - a Handbook for Living
The Art of Happiness (A Handbook for Living)

The Dalai Lama was interviewed by Howard C. Cutler, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who interviewed and has written about their numerous discussions. “The Art of Happiness” is a “how-to” book based on the worldview and spiritual values of the Dalai Lama. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Eastern & Native Religion
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Image of Ethics for the New Millennium
Ethics for the New Millennium

In this book on ethics the the Dalai Lama doesn’t take the religious stance of his Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, but instead develops an ethical stance built on the basic goodness and value he sees in all individuals worldwide. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Eastern & Native Religion the Dalai Lama
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Galileo's Religion versus the Church's Science

David Wilson is an historian of science at Iowa State University. He feels that to best discuss history of science and religion, avoid those two words, which “carry the emotional baggage of modern controversies.” (See also book 7.)

Science & Religion David Wilson
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Facets of Faith and Science, Historiography and Modes of Interaction, Vol.1

Here David Wilson discusses the religious beliefs of the senior, highly respected, British scientists Oliver Lodge, J.H. Jeans and A.S. Eddington whose careers covered Victorian years and the earliest modern physics years. (See also book 6.)

Science & Religion David Wilson
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Image of The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring
The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring

Parker J. Palmer is widely published (as of 1990, 10 poems, 80+ essays, 8 books) and he gives lectures and often leads workshops and retreats. He is a sociologist-philosopher, an activist, and a Quaker. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

General Religion Parker J. Palmer
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Image of The Battle for God
The Battle for God

Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, has written more than 13 books by 2002. She has commented on the life of Mohammed on PBS. She left the her order in 1969, went to Oxford, and has been a free-lance writer since 1982. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)

Abrahamic Religion Karen Armstrong
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Image of God: A Brief History
God: A Brief History

John Bowker proposed this book as a parallel to Stephen Hawking “A Brief History of Time” because “God and time do indeed resemble each other in two ways: neither exists as common sense might imagine and both have been central to human awareness and experience for as long as any evidence survives.” (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

Abrahamic Religion John Bowker
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Image of The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
The Case for Faith – A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

Lee Strobel has written 9 books by 2000; “The Case for Christ” is his No. 1 bestseller. He is a former atheist and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. He is now a teaching pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church. (The book has extensive notes and a large bibliography.)

Christian Religion Lee Strobel
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Image of The Handy Religion Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)
The Handy Religion Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

John Renard, a Roman Catholic, got a Ph.D. from Harvard in Islamic Studies in 1978 and has since taught Islamic and other religions at St. Louis Univ. This book was recommended as giving an excellent overview of 8 major world religions.

General Religion John Renard
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Image of The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk and taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He has a Ph.D, in clinical psychology. He is a founder of Insight Mediation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He has written more than 8 books by 2002.

Eastern & Native Religion Jack Kornfield
5
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Image of Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion
Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

Diane K. Osbon was a student at a month-long seminar by Joseph Campbell at the Esalen Institute. Campbell has written more than 12 books by 2002 about myths and religion. A former Roman Catholic, he became a hermit for 5 years to only read. He later taught at Sarah Lawrence before focusing on writing and giving seminars.

Eastern & Native Religion Diane K. Osbon, Editor
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Image of The Oxford History of the Biblical World
The Oxford History of the Biblical World

This is a historian’s book – Michael D. Coogan wrote a Prologue, 12 other historians each wrote a chapter, and the Epilogue is by another historian. It starts with the earliest records and goes chronologically through the Christian Roman Empire. It is quite thorough, using all possible sources - archeology, anthropology, and all available writings.

Non-fiction Michael D. Coogan
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