Normally I'm not much into comparitive religion (I have enough trouble learning enough about my own religion--there are so many good books out there), but I saw Encyclopedia of the World's Religions
by R.C. Zaehner on the bargain table at Barnes and Noble today, so I bought it. If there was any hope that this book might be something a bit more conservative, that hope was dashed on the very first page of text, where I was informed that (supposedly) the idea that one religion is the true religion isn't believed by any "reputable theologian" anymore.* Leafing through the sections on Zoroastrianism and others, I could see that it doesn't get much better. In any event, I'll plow through it anyway.
I also bought a Journal today called Modern Age
which seems to be an epistemological/educational publication... has anyone read this before, and if so would you mind sharing what you thought of it?
* To quote the book: "Selection, of course, is not considered to be arbitrary by those who deny that religions grow and change in major respects, and who maintain that the one true religion (ie. the one which the writer happens to subscribe to) sprang ready-made from God as Pallas from Zeus. But this view is no longer held by any reputable theologian, let alone by critical scholars." (p. 3)