By Daniele Bolelli. Create Your Own Religion is a call to arms--an open invitation to question all the values, beliefs, and worldviews that humanity has so far held as sacred in order to find the answers we need to the very practical problems facing us. Writer, philosopher, and professor of comparative religion, Daniele Bolelli, leads the reader through three thousand years of mythology, misogyny, misinformation, and the flatout lies about "revealed truth" that continue to muddle our ability to live a peaceful life, free of guilt and shame and the ultimate fear of death.
What worked for them may or may not still be of use, so it is our job to make sure to save the tools that can help us and let go of the dead weight. Publication Date: April 1, List Price: Daniele Bolelli is a writer and college professor. Bolleli gives his book a veneer of respecting religion with its let's-all-be-friends approach. But at core it's a little intellectually dismissive and condescending to members of organised religion. It would likely give offence and cause the attempted escapee to make an indignant return to their dogma.
Incidentally, despite reputations to the contrary, I would give that same person The God Delusion or The End of Faith, which though more critical of religion, are less patronising to the reader, treat the indoctrinated as intelligent victims rather than intellectual failures, and are more respectful of why such beliefs are so dearly held, though not of the actual dogma. In lesser part the book attempts to act as a guide to finding philosophical or existential depending on how you view such things contentment. In this capacity the book is also seems low quality.
The overly familiar tone made me again feel patronised at times and at others made me feel like I was being sold fake goods. An over-reliance on quotes from better writers without any deep insight of his own from Bolleli made it seem occasionally plagiarised. Compared the surprisingly brilliant Happy by Derren Brown of all people , this book seems like pound shop philosophy.
One note of praise: if I were to encounter a less thoroughly religiously indoctrinated individual, particularly of the male and teenaged variety, who enjoyed unsubtle humour and had little-or-no knowledge of philosophy, logical thinking, or meta-cognition, this book might be the perfect one to push them over the edge into freedom of thought.
Feb 24, Peter rated it did not like it. Much disappoint.
I enjoy Bolelli's podcast, "The Drunken Taoist. And the title isn't very helpful: there's really very little about "how-to" create anything. At best, the last 50 pages give sparse suggestions. This is accomplished by picking apart some narrow pieces of the literature of these religions which are in fact, not so great as examined. However, it's baby out with the bathwater and no effort to find anything redeeming. I just found this book to be a snarky, condescending Dawkins-worthy essay.
If you're looking for meaningful guidance on how to have a life philosophy, look elsewhere. Dec 05, Jordan Merimee rated it really liked it. Daniele Bolelli is clearly very learned in the realm of theology, and his diatribes effectively skewer major tenets of most religions. The book is equal parts thought-provoking and engaging in a way that makes you snicker as you read. But know what you're getting into: Bolelli's prose is half-constructed of personal anecdotes, and he often skims the surface rather than delving deep into any given subject.
It's great for a quick read and some nuggets of wisdom, but should be taken with a grain of Daniele Bolelli is clearly very learned in the realm of theology, and his diatribes effectively skewer major tenets of most religions. It's great for a quick read and some nuggets of wisdom, but should be taken with a grain of salt. Bolelli's opinions are on full display, but when you can get past the occasional creepy comment it's a very entertaining, rewarding read.
The first half is much stronger than the back half, but he sticks the landing with the final chapter calling for a spiritual consciousness readily accepting of contradiction and paradox. It is heavily focused on Judeo Christian religion. He criticises Eastern religion looking through western centric approach. He has a passable knowledge of Eastern Religion, some utter false information.
He quoted many of Buddha's teachings without specifying the sutta no. They both vary from one another on many differences. Jun 30, Dy-an rated it really liked it Shelves: i-thought-it-was-funny , why-didnt-i-write-this , something-to-believe-in. Because I think it's funny, I'm going to say this book was 'preaching to the choir'. My whole religion was there: interconnectedness of all things, both-and, playfulness, and humour. After I ponder it, I may also add paradox. The book is a little Tao heavy. Also, it made me realize that I need to read perspectives on religion that I don't agree with because it's really easy reading your own opinion.
Jul 04, Robby rated it really liked it. Really good philosophy to take. Fairly simplistic at times, but that isn't a bad thing overall. Excellent book Written with knowledge, honesty an humor. I enjoyed it a lot. Danielle Bolelli sounds like he'd make a great friend. Nov 04, Alina Yasnaya rated it really liked it. A great book for anyone interested in taking their religion with an avalanche of salt. I enjoyed it.
Jun 12, Alex Gruenenfelder rated it it was amazing. Amazingly intellectual. One of the best books I have ever read. Jun 02, Justin rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy-and-religion. I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but the inescapable fact is that this book is not what the title advertises. I went in, expecting a comprehensive list of what the world's various religions say about all the important subjects, along with the pros and cons of each.
While this angle is touched on, the instances where it happens are fragmented, and by no means the central focus. Instead, Bolelli seems determined to espouse his particular view of the universe, while everything else is i I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but the inescapable fact is that this book is not what the title advertises. Instead, Bolelli seems determined to espouse his particular view of the universe, while everything else is incidental. And boy, what a view. His determination to point out every perceived flaw with every established viewpoint serves more to alienate.
Faith is a crutch for people who are too afraid to pursue the truth. Reason is flawed, because it doesn't take into account gut feelings.
Monotheisms are all about control, but Taoism is the bees knees--except when it gets too exclusionary. Native American religious practices, Shinto, and various other smaller faiths are. Things that only get mentioned once or twice. The end result is more or less Bolelli just standing up on a soap box for pages, but his viewpoints are so narrow, that I'm not sure who he expects to be listening. And he stumbles into all of the pitfalls inherent with this approach: self-aggrandizement, attempts at humor that don't often work, and the beating of many a dead horse, as he treads the same ground over and over again.
Hell, in the last section of the book, I swear he copies and pastes entire paragraphs or at least large chunks of them , word for word, from earlier chapters. Bolelli does make some good observations from time to time, but they're offset by other sections that had me rolling my eyes. No matter what your particular philosophy, I'd bet money you'd have a similar experience by the end--again, leading back to the feeling of nigh-deliberate alienation of most conceivable readers. Sep 16, Rebecca Elson rated it really liked it Shelves: magical-buffet.
I like the idea of picking and choosing the things you like from them and ignoring the rest. I also toy with the idea of starting my own religion and then using it in my quest for global domination. Sounds perfect, right? In fact, it is. Essentially encouraging you to choose what you like from them, and leaving the rest! Would it be wrong to call it so much fun? If it is, too bad, it is so much fun! Although Bolelli lets his personal religious preferences show through, he encourages the reader to approach their spiritual journey with an inquisitive heart but a cautious mind.
Jul 04, Mitch rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. Shelves: non-fiction. This has been the best non-fiction book I've read in my life so far. It could be due to the ways in which it lines up with my life at the moment; or it could just be a damn well written book. Or both. And that's the theme of it: always choose both paths. Filled with deliciously ironic quotes, insightful deconstructions of traditional thought patterns, and Bolelli's trademark 'punch-you-in-the-face' wit, Create Your Own This has been the best non-fiction book I've read in my life so far.
Filled with deliciously ironic quotes, insightful deconstructions of traditional thought patterns, and Bolelli's trademark 'punch-you-in-the-face' wit, Create Your Own Religion is a must read for people living in the 21st century. It's the remix culture's bible that we've all been waiting for. Or at least I have. Apr 06, Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: shelfari-favorites. OK here we go. This book will be incredibly awesome to ya or the most hated book you will ever read.
If you are open to questioning things in life and OK with analyzing your beliefs then you will enjoy this book immensely. If you cannot abide anything questioning your beliefs in any fashion the avoid this book as it's just gonna piss you off. I enjoy books that make me think and this one every page, cover to cover. I highly recommended this book to anyone searching and questioning life and their OK here we go.
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Product Highlights Create Your Own Religion is a call to armsan open invitation to question all the values, beliefs, and worldviews that humanity has so far held as sacred in order to find the answers we need to the very practical problems facing us.