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Official Review: The Seduction of Religion by Paul Singh

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 28 Dec 2017, 08:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Seduction of Religion" by Paul Singh.]
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The Seduction of Religion: An Illuminating and Provocative Guide to the Religions of the World is an informative book written by Paul Singh.

The book has twenty three chapters featuring major religious groups around the world including Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus among others. Christianity, being the world’s largest and most organized religion, is presented in the first chapter followed by the major branches of Christianity: Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox Church and Protestantism. Protestantism is discussed in details by dividing it into subtopics featuring its branches: Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians and Other Liberal Churches and Seventh Day Adventist. The author also allots chapters for other religious groups like Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Mormons, Evangelicals, Jews, Zoroastrians, Jains, Sikhs and Scientologists. Moreover, the book explicates the difference between religion and cult and presents several questions for readers of different religious groups.

Ultimately, this is a well-written, and apparently well-researched book. It is, first and foremost, very informative. Admittedly, it is genuinely surprising for me to find out about other Christian religions and how they differ from one another. Moreover, it is a very thought-provoking book. Each chapter contains statements ranging from simply surprising to totally outrageous. I even find some parts so disturbing that I secretly wish they are not true especially those about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

The tone of the narrative is generally satirical, and at some points amusing and, probably for other readers, somehow even entertaining. Compared with other books about religion, this is less formal thus easier to read and understand.

In addition to the discussion on various religions, the author includes the plight of women around the world and the role the religions play in that plight. The most important part of the book, for me, is the advice of the author about organized religions. I find it sound and objective. Though he is apparently passionate about the subject, he doesn’t impose his personal beliefs on the readers. He makes suggestions for readers to weigh and contemplate on. He shares his personal experience regarding organized religion so that the readers know that he is just like any of us, but he makes a choice and he also shares that choice to his readers.

However, though the author is apparently well-meaning and impartial in his presentation, some readers may find the book offensive and provocative. Some may even find it as personal attack on their faith. Moreover, it may raise contention from members of organized religions regardless of the denomination and may affect the total readership of the book. In that regard, I commend the author on such fearless presentation and wish him luck on the success of this book.

I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is informative, well-researched and well-written. Though I recommend it primarily to theologians and religious leaders, I believe that this is a book for everyone: religious, non-religious, theists, deists and atheists. Deeply religious people, however, may find it not something they would normally read and include in their collection.

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Post by BookHausJ » 30 Dec 2017, 01:19

Nice review! There maybe lots of religious fanatic in this world, but I believe that many of them are open minded. I'm a Catholic. My personal opinion is, if this book can help to enlighten my belief then why not to read it? Thanks!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 30 Dec 2017, 03:15

Wow this book sounds like a BOMB! Interesting for sure, and informative. I believe this book would be a eye opener to a lot people out there.
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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Dec 2017, 09:59

This sounds like an interesting view of world religions. It's nice that the author is impartial, but I'm unsure about the satirical tone. I appreciate your views on this one. Thanks.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 01 Jan 2018, 06:06

This book is obviously for those who are open-minded. I would like to know the author's view on different religion and to what extent his impartiality is. Satirical tone? I will have to find out.
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Post by N_R » 01 Jan 2018, 16:50

Thanks for the review on this, I definitely want to read this now.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:41

BookHausJ wrote:
30 Dec 2017, 01:19
Nice review! There maybe lots of religious fanatic in this world, but I believe that many of them are open minded. I'm a Catholic. My personal opinion is, if this book can help to enlighten my belief then why not to read it? Thanks!
Thank you. This book is one enlightening read. I I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:42

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
30 Dec 2017, 03:15
Wow this book sounds like a BOMB! Interesting for sure, and informative. I believe this book would be a eye opener to a lot people out there.
You're right about that :)

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:44

kandscreeley wrote:
30 Dec 2017, 09:59
This sounds like an interesting view of world religions. It's nice that the author is impartial, but I'm unsure about the satirical tone. I appreciate your views on this one. Thanks.
Thank you. Just like you I appreciate the author's impartial approach on the subject :)

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:47

ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
01 Jan 2018, 06:06
This book is obviously for those who are open-minded. I would like to know the author's view on different religion and to what extent his impartiality is. Satirical tone? I will have to find out.
Yes it is. I hope you get a chance to read it :)

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:47

N_R wrote:
01 Jan 2018, 16:50
Thanks for the review on this, I definitely want to read this now.
Thank you. I hope it finds a way in your reading list :)

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Post by Lebs » 03 Jan 2018, 11:10

Thank you for an accurate description! Certainly sounds like a book for those willing to take an objective view of religion and the treatment of women.

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Post by Stanley Kirechu » 03 Jan 2018, 14:04

This book is obviously for those who are open-minded. I would like to know the author's view on different religion and to what extent his impartiality is. Satirical tone? I will have to find out

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Jan 2018, 22:04

Lebs wrote:
03 Jan 2018, 11:10
Thank you for an accurate description! Certainly sounds like a book for those willing to take an objective view of religion and the treatment of women.
You're welcome. It's an enjoyable read :)

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Post by N_R » 05 Jan 2018, 00:39

Thanks for the review - I am reading this book at the moment. I think that one has to be quite open when reading this book as it will really question a lot of fundamental principles and if you have very fixed beliefs it may be hard to separate from those for a bit. Very interesting questions posed and some very interesting answers given. It is quite sad that religion has been responsible for so much blood shed.

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