How fascinating is it that nearly every society and civilization across human history had a fully developed system of beliefs and religious practices? As polarising as religion is in modern society, we cannot deny that belief systems have formed an integral part of our history and continue to shape our lives today.

It goes without saying that religion has been the topic of choice for rather interesting discussions, debate, and literature about theology. From novels reimagining the mythologies of Greek Gods to ancient Judaeo-Christian texts, there is a rich collection of theological literature out there that covers a vast number of ancient and modern religions and belief systems for the interested reader.

Of the thousands of books on religion, there are a few that stand out as timeless reference books on the subject. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into religious discourse and philosophy here are the top 10 most searched religious textbooks of 2022 to help you dive into the diverse religions that have helped to shape human history.

The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The … The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves

C. S. Lewis

Better known for authoring popular children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis was a well-known scholar and theologian. The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics is a collection of Lewis’ most notable works on modern Christianity. Lewis’ own faith has ranged from atheism to devoted Christianity and in his works, he shares his perspective on Christian ethics and theological virtue. In Mere Christianity, he advances the pillars of Christian Morality. In The Four Loves, Lewis uses thought experiments to explore Christian love. In each of his works, C. S. Lewis shares stories, ideas, and arguments to explore Christianity and faith in the modern world. For those exploring Christian thought and philosophy, this anthology is a seminal work to explore.

The Three Books of Enoch and the Book of Giants

translated by Robert H. Charles

The Book of Enoch and the Book of Giants are antediluvian (pre-flood) Hebrew religious texts that date back as far as 300 BC. These books expand on the narrative of the early Hebrew Bible as detailed in Genesis, and explore aspects of Judaeo-Christian creation stories that are often alluded to in the Bible including the origins of Nephilim, demons, and the fall from Grace of certain angels. Though the Book of Enoch is only considered to be a canonical text in a small number of Jewish and Christian sects today, it was considered as scripture by early Christians and should be thought of today as an important historical text that adds depth and context to the scriptures that are contained in the Hebrew Bible.

No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings

Noah Rasheta

No-nonsense Buddhism for Beginners provides a modern description on fundamental Buddhist philosophies and core teachings. Author Noah Rasheta transformed this book into a question-and-answer format to better engage his readers and to make centuries worth of Buddhist knowledge and teachings more accessible for those who are interested in exploring the history and different aspects of Buddhism. Though this text may lack depth and specificity, it certainly is an excellent introduction to Buddhism.

Masonic & Occult Symbols Illustrated

Cathy Burns

If you’ve watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Craft, or any number of movies and TV shows that are on the side of horror, witchcraft, and the supernatural, you have probably seen various ambiguous but very recognizable symbols that are often associated with the occult. For example, the pentagram, the alchemist’s squared circle (associated with the philosopher’s stone), or the Ankh, the Egyptian symbol for eternal life. Masonic & Occult Symbols Illustrated explores the fascinating meanings and history behind symbols we see on tarot cards, talismans, and even on buildings and everyday items. Whether the occult interests you or not, Cathy Burns has put together an impressive collection of images and symbols to enlighten her readers on the well-known and obscure symbols that we see more often than we even realize.

James Earl Jones Reads the Bible

Most of us will know James Earl Jones as the distinguished voice of Mufasa in the 1994 and 2020 adaptations of Disney’s Lion King. If you remember Mufasa’s captivating baritone, you can certainly understand why there is no better voice to capture the sober characters of the King James Bible. In just under twenty hours, James Earl Jones beautifully narrates the stories from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. There isn’t much more to say other than the fact that James Earl Jones Reads the Bible is a masterful work and a wonderful way of listening to centuries of scripture.

The Founders’ Bible

David Barton

David Barton is an American evangelical Christian whosewritten work focuses primarily on rejecting that the United States Constitution mandates the separation of church and state. He advances his position in The Founders Bible and argues that the constitution’s authors intended for the Church and the American State to be a unified entity. Though Barton is highly regarded amongst evangelicals, he has no known formal research or American history knowledge, and his work has been regarded as largely fiction by many American scholars and historians.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy

Manly P. Hall

Though monotheistic religions reign in the modern age, there are countless other religious beliefs, practices, and even occult traditions around the world. Many are practiced by the few and made deliberately exclusive. First published in 1928, Manly P. Hall shines a light on some of the rarest and secret aspects of religion, philosophy, and myth. Hall also explores occult symbols, rituals, and secret societies that have existed throughout history.

Dios te salve, Reina y Madre: La Madre de Dios en la Palabra de Dios (Spanish Edition)

Scott Hahn

With this title, you can engage with Christian literature while also brushing up on your Spanish reading skills. Scott Hahn is a Catholic theologian who has several written works on Christianity. One of his most notable is Dios te salve, Reina y Madre: La Madre de Dios en la Palabra de Dios. This book is all about Mary. In his characteristic accessible and entertaining writing, Hahn demonstrates the essential role that Mary has played in Christianity’s message. He builds on Old Testament scripture and the Book of Revelations to explain just how important and valuable a position the mother of God holds in the Christian faith.

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Karen Armstrong

Quite simply, Karen has compiled the history of the three major monotheistic religions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each have an incredibly rich history that spans millennia and often intersect. In this impressive text, Armstrong explores the ways in which these monotheistic religions have moulded history and particularly, how it has impacted the human perception of God across the ages from Medieval mysticism to modern skepticism. Hers is a compelling exploration of religion’s influence on human history.

The Attributes of God

Arthur W. Pink

20th-century author and Bible teacher Arthur W. Pink wrote the Attributes of God to invite his readers to learn about the seventeen attributes of God. Pink argues that regardless of whether we believe or not, our understanding of God is superficial, and he uses The Attributes of God to explore specific characteristics including patience, faithfulness, immutability, and love among many others. Pink’s work has been described as profound and well-written. It is certainly worth a read.

Religion has always been a deeply personal and often controversial topic. Despite it all, religion remains a deeply interesting topic that is almost indivisible from human civilization. So here are your 10 most searched Religion textbooks to get you started on the history of religion. If you’re interested in any of these titles, you should check out BookScouter.

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