I found Tor Constiantino‘s book A Question of Faith a refreshing change in the comparative religion discussion. Too often no meaningful conversation comes from these attempts because of mischaracterization, vilification, and this weird need to empirically and definitively prove that “my religion is right”. I’m not against apologetics, nor do I think that all religions can all be right. However, if we are going to have an honest discussion, we need honesty about both sides. Too often people load the dice when talking about religion. What kind of honest talk about religion can come from that?
The entire book revolves around one question:
Q: Which of the major world religions listed below is the best for someone to believe?
- a. Buddhism
- b. Christianity
- c. Hinduism
- d. Islam
- e. Judaism
- f. Sikhism
From this basic question, Tor begins to guide the reader through the basic ideas of each religion. The whole concept of this book is comparing religions and facilitating a discussion about what should humanity believe. I appreciate that Tor does not try to proselytize the reader. Yes, he has his biases, and yes he makes a case for them. however, his goal does not seem (in my opinion) to be trying get everyone to think like he does. He genuinely seems interested in the discussion, the journey, in what people believe and why.
As I said, I found the book a refreshing read. I think that for anyone interested in comparative religions, this book is a great primer in the discussion. For people who might be exploring world religions trying to find their place in it all, this book may offer some tracks to run on. All in all, it is a resource that I would recommend.
Full disclosure: I received an e-book of Tor’s work for the purpose of review. All opinions stated are mine, uninfluenced by Tor or anyone else. There is no check in the mail. That’s not how I roll.