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Going Deeper: Reading about the World's Faith Traditions

When exploring the diversity of religious beliefs, seekers may have any number of questions—about theologies, rituals, practices, history, sacred texts, and more. The Patheos Library offers an accurate and scholarly presentation of a wide array of religious traditions, exploring many of the world's religions in such a way that seekers can compare and contrast information. Patheos has no religious or political agenda or bias, and the Library articles have no particular religious perspective or ideology; they present information impartially and without prejudice.

And yet, differences of perspective and experience and faith impact understandings of the meaning of faith. Devout believers are passionate about their faith, and tell their stories in compelling ways that open up new vistas.

In the desire to facilitate both the personal quest and the larger conversation of faith and engagement in the world, Patheos has compiled a short list of reading recommendations that invite seekers into the rich traditions represented by these faiths. Each of the pages linked below offers links to the works of notable authors within their traditions with summaries of their ideas and contributions to the field. We encourage you to explore these writings and the perspectives they offer.


 

Recommended Reading on Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, and Non-Belief

Recommended Reading on Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, and Non-Belief

Seven notable authors discuss the conflict between reason and faith, the reality of moral goodness without resorting to the divine, and the future of a world without god.

Recommended Reading on Buddhism

Recommended Reading on Buddhism

The riches of Buddhist thought and history come alive in these seven introductions.

Recommended Reading on Roman Catholicism

Recommended Reading on Roman Catholicism

From doctrine to history, saints, and art, the wealth of the Catholic faith is presented in these accessible references.

Recommended Reading on Hinduism

Recommended Reading on Hinduism

Here are seven reading suggestions for entering into the diverse and many-layered teachings of Hindu gods and practices.

Recommended Reading on Judaism

Recommended Reading on Judaism

These books introduce both the ancient history and beliefs of the Jewish people and the modern ideas and practices in the Jewish community.

Recommended Reading on Mormonism

Recommended Reading on Mormonism

The faith and history of this fast-growing religious community come alive in these sacred texts and quick introductions.

Recommended Reading on Islam

Recommended Reading on Islam

Here are the seeker's guides to understanding the Quran, the history of Islam, the story of Muhammad, and the worldwide community of Muslims.

Recommended Reading on Paganism

Recommended Reading on Paganism

The great diversity of Pagan practices, rituals, festivals, and lore is explored in these ten recommendations.

Recommended Reading on Contemporary Spirituality and Spiritual Practice

Recommended Reading on Contemporary Spirituality and Spiritual Practice

Ancient wisdoms of the world converge with contemporary discoveries in science and spirit—these books will help you find your way into a new vision of the world.

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