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In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy.

Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Holloway also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today's fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists and more.

Holloway proves an empathic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

©2016 Richard Holloway (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Derek
  • 30/08/2016

Great book, and I'm an atheist.

there was little-to-no apologetics. It really broke down how all the religions came to be.

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  • Andre
  • 11/10/2016

excellent

loved it....understood the origin of religion. ..both author and reader was excellent...i loved it...thanks much

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  • lkising
  • 20/09/2016

essential study

A must for anyone who has ever wondered about the many different religions and why.

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  • Larry
  • 27/08/2016

Excellent "in a nutshell" book!

This is a great book for all ages and gives you a well rounded view of religions of the world, views of God and where we started all the thinking from. Great narration, great info, great book.

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  • Destini
  • 29/09/2020

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The narration made the book better. The content was great. A ton of knowledge within a short period. But the narrator carried it home. Wish they would've included the original religion of the slaves that were taken from Africa (ex. Yoruba) and the practices created from it (ex. Santeria)

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  • Nik Blach
  • 01/12/2018

Easy to follow, very interesting

I find religion interesting in general and wanted an unbiased history of religion that would let me learn about multiple religions. While completely unbiased is kind of impossible, this book did a pretty good job. It definitely follows the religions of Abraham more than others, but after completing the book I feel that this made sense.I left feeling like I learned a lot and I've recommended this book to many people.

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  • Raghad Muaz
  • 05/06/2020

If books were in a race, this one wins 1st place

"A Little History of Religion" fulfilled beyond my expectations. Richard Holloway is a master, and this shall be the beginning of reading journey of his work. And the narration was perfect.

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  • Julien Vehent
  • 27/07/2019

Insightful, well written and perfectly narrated.

A great introduction to the history of religions, with a particular focus on Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and with enough stories and anecdotes to keep the reader hooked.

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  • SK, Chicago, IL
  • 22/02/2019

Excellent narration

Wonderful narrator and a story that weaves its subject matter together seamlessly makes for a perfect overview.

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  • Rachel H.
  • 04/12/2018

The Story vs the Approach

I appreciated the targeted, chronological approach of this book. It consumes a huge topic and produces a concise and informative narrative. The author’s approach to religion’s history and study leaves something to be desired though. Holloway seems to operate with the assumption that religious people cannot engage in the objective study of religion. (And in consequence, read his book.) He tells the story of religion through his own biases, without distinguishing them as such. While there is a place for criticism, just like devotion, in religious study, it is separate from objectivity. He disregards this distinction treating his own viewpoints as being the same thing.

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  • SL
  • 09/03/2017

Really great and informative

A little history of religion presents the history and ideas of most of the larger religions told in a very interesting way. I learned a lot and really enjoyed listening. Thank you for this great audio book. I'll probably hear it more than once.