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.