By Daniele Bolelli
If you're expecting the world's "Holy Men" to inform you the reality approximately their religions, do you consider they'll point out that:
• The Tao Te Ching used to be basically created simply because Lao Tzu used to be thrown in penitentiary by means of a disciple who didn't are looking to allow him go away city with out writing down his teachings?
• "Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian young ones whereas Jewish houses have been "passed over" by way of the angel of death?
• Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow faith, used to be remodeled by way of the japanese govt right into a nationalistic ideology selling "holy" war?
Adding to its well known 50 issues You're now not purported to recognize sequence, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli (writer, professor of comparative faith, and well known martial arts practitioner and thinker) to take on an ever extra severe and significant subject: well known misconceptions approximately faith.
Among different revelations:
• Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that intercourse orgies have been a key to heaven.
• Prostitution used to be a non secular responsibility in Mesopotamian temples.
• the 2 significant chinese language religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are thoroughly at odds with one another and but are frequently practiced together.
• regardless of having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's greatest supporters.
Capturing simply the best stability of in-depth wisdom, admire, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical method of the duty, revealing amazing, surprising, and little-known evidence concerning the "big three" religions but in addition many extra, together with Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, in fact, the more and more well known non-religion: atheism.
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Nat. lib. 7. cap. 55. t. i, p. 411. Bruck. Hist. Pliilos. t. i. p. U95, On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. x\i 0 " ence on our judgments. When sick, I see nothing in nature " b u t a system of destruction ; but when in health, I behold " only a system of reproduction. " It is in reality both, observed a fourth : when the universe " emerged from chaos, intelligent beings had reason to flatter " themselves that the Supreme Wisdom would deign to unveil " to them the motive of their existence ; but this secret he re" served to himself alone, and, addressing himself to second "causes, pronounced only these,two words: Destroy; repro" duce : p words which have for ever fixed the destiny of the " world.
Kupilu, page 164. V6du-Vyasd, s u 180. Vedti-Vyasu, page ,192. ' Kupilu, page 4. Kupage 122. * Kupilii, page 125. y Page 147. On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. xix a mystery, peculiar to divine revelation, should be discovered by them : the only semblance of this doctrine is found in the three created gods, Brumha, Vishnoo and Shivu, and to these three gods are assigned the affairs of the whole universe, as comprised in the work of creation, preservation, and destruction. These form the Supreme Government, and all the other gods are the subordinate officers of government, judges, magistrates, constables, &c.
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