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Religion as We Know It

Nonfiction: Religion
Unabridged   3.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/12/2019

Religion as We Know It

An Origin Story

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574933
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574926


A brief, beautiful invitation to the study of religion from Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles.

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A brief, beautiful invitation to the study of religion from a Pulitzer Prize winner

How did our forebears begin to think about religion as a distinct domain, separate from other activities that were once inseparable from it? Starting at the birth of Christianity—a religion inextricably bound to Western thought—Jack Miles reveals how the West's "common sense" understanding of religion emerged and then changed as insular Europe discovered the rest of the world. Finally, in a moving postscript, he shows how this very story continues today in the minds and hearts of individual religious or irreligious men and women.


“Any student of theology will be enlightened by this deeply satisfying work.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Jack Miles has written the perfect first book for religious studies beginners. He starts with the widely held American understanding of religion but ends arguing brilliantly that inescapable human ignorance creates the possibility of welcoming the new, the unexpected, even the religious. Our self-absorbed age needs this book.” —Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

Author Bio

Jack Miles is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. His book God: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.