“The Search For God at Harvard,” by Ari Goldman, is an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone, especially those interested in religious studies. I was planning on doing a full book review for this book, but because of my class schedule, I have been unable to set aside time to do a full vetting of the book, but here is a brief snipet.
Ari Goldman is an award winning journalist at the New York Times, who eventually became the Time’s religion writer. Goldman, as an Orthodox Jew, knew only of his on Jewish heritage and beliefs, and in an effort to further immerse himself in his role, he took a leave of absence, and attended Harvard’s School of Divinity.
In a nutshell, what he found there was not was he expected, and his experiences and insights, both into the department itself, and the emerging religious themes in the late 1980’s is wonderful. Also, the small book gives an excellent, basic explanation on the world’s most prominent religions, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc.
For anyone who thinks they know what religion really is, or thinks they know the mindset of believers of other faiths other then their own, this book will open up your eyes. The book is a quick and entertaining read, but it is also very informative. Again, I recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have an interest in religious studies.