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Albert Low’s book shows how the religious impulse is expressed by two entirely different kinds of religions: religion as a set of beliefs centered on a unique, dynamic center such as Christ, Mohammed or Buddha, and religion as a quest. Dr Albert Low is the teacher at the Montreal Zen Center and an internationally acclaimed author.

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Published: Oct. 26, 2009
Words: 60,770
Language: English
ISBN: 9780986631801
About Albert Low

Albert William Low is an authorized Zen master, an internationally published author, and a former human resources executive. He has lived in England, South Africa, Canada, and the United States and has resided in Montreal since 1979 as the Teacher and Director of the Montreal Zen Center.

Albert Low holds a BA degree in Philosophy and Psychology, and is a trained counselor. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for scholastic attainment and community service by Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.

As an internationally acclaimed author, he has had fourteen books published, some of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Turkish.

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Review by: Lionel Alberti on Nov. 23, 2013 : star star star star star
Unlike other books that expound ideas from outside, this books quotes and comments on several first-person accounts from varied sources of the quest for/path to transcendence. This, as well as learning about those accounts themselves, was particularly valuable to me.
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Review by: François Lorrain on Oct. 27, 2011 : star star star star
Here is my rating for the book!
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Review by: François Lorrain on Oct. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
An excellent, remarkable book, with a regrettably misleading title: many will think that Mr. Low's book criticizes the God-idea as a mere delusion, which is not the case. In fact, the book is not at all about God, but about religion as a quest -- a quest that can take many forms, in deistic religions such as Christianity, and in non-deistic religions/philosophies such as Buddhism. In fact the title means

"Beyond Richard Dawkins's book 'The God Delusion'."

This book will interest all persons who sense that somehow life makes no sense, unless as a kind of quest -- be they atheists, Christians, Muslims, or Buddhists. Mr. Low is himself a Zen teacher, but he approaches other traditions with a very open mind indeed.

The page layout and typography of the book could be much improved, however. Among other things, it would be nice to have the footnotes at the bottom of each page, instead of all at the end. But let these small imperfections not deter you from reading this very inspiring book!
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Review by: Randy Henning on May 12, 2011 : star star star star star
Beyond the God Delusion by Albert Low

If you have grown cynical about religion but still feel the need for a spiritual basis to your life, you need to read this book! Albert Low is a long-time teacher of Zen Buddhism. But he speaks here for all religions in renouncing the narrow and materialistic views of modern atheists like Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, in his book, "The God Delusion," attacks all aspects of religion as being destructive and unnecessary to human life.

“Why,” then retorts Mr. Low, “has religion been, and is still, such a pervasive, and for some an all consuming influence throughout human history?” He goes on to explain that there are two distinct ways to look at religion: “the religion of belief” that Dawkins mostly focuses his attacks on, and, “the religion of the quest.” And while the world’s major religions may differ greatly, even violently in what they believe, he shows through real life examples the remarkable similarities in the way that individuals from many religions, Catholic mystics, Zen masters, and Sufi practitioners to name a few, have struggled to “come to terms with what it means to be human,” and to transcend the “self”. “The religious impulse for transcendence,” he says, “has its origins in life itself.” He shows from his wonderfully account of these individuals that they, even the Saints and Buddhas, began as normal human beings. The quest is available to all of us. It is our birthright.

Randy Henning
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