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Religion as We Know It: An Origin Story

Category: Book
By (author): Miles, Jack
Subject:  RELIGION / General
  RELIGION / History
  RELIGION / Theology
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: November 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.23in x 4.50in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*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. In a moving postscript, he shows how this very story continues today in the hearts of individual religious or irreligious men and women.

Review Quote*Any student of theology will be enlightened by this deeply satisfying work.-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This is an exceptional work that challenges and rewards careful reading and thought. It belongs in every library.-Booklist (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

The question of the origin of religion has rarely been addressed with the erudition and eloquence of Jack Miles. Drawing on a remarkable wealth of sources across time and place, he offers much for us to ponder in an essay that is at once highly learned and deeply personal.-Donald S. Lopez Jr., University of Michigan
Biographical NoteJack Miles (Ph.D. Harvard) 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. He spent 1960–70 as a Jesuit seminarian, studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before enrolling at Harvard University, where he completed a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages in 1971. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God led to his being named a MacArthur Fellow for 2003-07.