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  • By William Dusenberry on September 23, 2009

    Imagine what would happen to every organized religion, if each child was required to be at least 18-years of age before being permitted to "choose his or her religion?"All religions require that infants,toddlers, children, and then adolescents, be well indoctrinated into the particular faith of their parents, well before the supposed "age of reason." And if every young adult, were permitted to select the most rational, or forgiving; or the religion with the most attractive hereafter, imagine how religions might begin to be advertised.Become a Southern Baptists: "if you want to be married to the same person for eternity;" or, pick the Muslim faith "If you want to become a suicide bomber, so that you will be assigned 76 virgins in heaven." Or, select Hinduism, which could (in a competitive religious market)guarantee what you would come back as -- after you were reincarnated.If religions were to be advertised and sold, in the same way we now sell cars, or insurance policies, consider the possible results. Hell might be abolished, heaven might become a Playboy Mansion for men; "The Mall of America" the preferred heaven for women; and Disneyworld, the hereafter of choice for terminally-ill children.To find out how really "anti-religious" this book is, give it, as a gift, to your next pregnant friend; or, at the next bridal shower to which you are invited. Or, as a present for every child's birthday party you are compelled to attend.If you are religious "One star." For freethinkers "ten stars."

  • By Jeff2468 on April 5, 2010

    This is a fun book for people curious about options in religions, as well as a reality check for followers of any of the 99 belief systems in this book that are certain that they have the only "true" religion. As mentioned in this book, people spend more time choosing a car, TV or purse than they spend choosing which god(s) to worship. Anyone who inherited a religion from their parents or by accident of geography could benefit from a review of their choice of religion. In this day and age, you are not forced to choose only among off the shelf religions and god(s) created millennia ago, there are also many more recent designer religions that might better meet your preferred belief systems. Since all religions that believe in supernatural god(s) are unprovable and based on "faith," you may certainly choose the "truth" that suits your preferences, or you may choose no religion.Your decisions include:* Do you want to believe in one God, multiple gods, spirits (inanimate, animal, vegetable or mineral), cosmic forces, or no gods?* What kind of afterlife promises do you want to believe? Do you prefer a heaven and hell, a purgatory, reincarnation, a return to the great cosmic energy, or just expect you will return to the nothingness whence you came?* How much praying do you want to do, once a week, daily, several times a day? Do you want to pray on your knees or do you like more active praying like wild dancing, yoga or Tai Chi? Do you want to sing, chant or speak in tongues?* Do you wish an intermediary between you and your god(s) like a priest, minister, or imam, or do you wish to commune with your god(s)/nature/universe directly? Maybe you would prefer to meditate or not pray at all?* Do you prefer to have god(s) to blame when bad things happen, or do you accept that humans have a personal responsibility and choice, and that nature is impersonal and follows its own laws? Do you want to be told what you can and cannot eat, when and in what positions you can have sex, when you have to perform ceremonies, or would you rather make choices by your own preferences and schedule?* Do you want a social religion with a lot of holidays and group activities or are you a more private self seeker?* How much of your income do you wish to contribute to these institutions for the support of your intermediaries?* If you prefer a religion that makes women subject to men, all of the classical and many of the modern religions will serve your purpose. If you have children, you have to consider their safety when placing them in the trust of a religious institution.* Do you want to believe in a revealed religion with inviolate "holy" texts, or prefer a belief system understood through personal experience? If you are intolerant of people who believe in different/wrong religions, there are many religions that will encourage your feelings.These are only a few of the many choices you have when updating your beliefs. And if none of the belief systems summarized in these "Cliffsnotes" suits your proclivities, feel free to mix and match and found your own designer religion, people have been creating religions for thousands of years and still do so today. Remember, where "faith" is concerned, your personal "truth" is yours to decide.Although the authors occasionally make you smile with a little tongue in cheek, like when they make the point that if you choose a religion that promotes polygamy, a downside is that you will have as many mother-in-laws as wives, The Savvy Converts Guide to Choosing a Religion is primarily a factual summary of the benefits and disadvantages of various belief systems/religions. Whether you are religious, spiritual, agnostic or atheist, I highly recommend this book to all seekers of the "truth."

  • By Joseph on December 30, 2009

    As good of a start as it is, there is considerable info lacking. You get the basics to build upon and, for all practicle purposes, this is a great primer to world religions and a fun, easy read. A project such as this could turn into a very entertaining volume or set which goes into more detail. Anyway, well worth the buy.

  • By Alexis Jane on October 7, 2008

    Thank goodness for the fold out spreadsheet so that I can easily choose my religion based on cost. As a 20 something cost is always an issue. Thanks to this chart I can immediately rule out Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Scientology.The sidebars on each page also offer invaluable information that is quick to absorb.I can't wait to start my own religion with the easy to follow instructions in the back of the book.

  • By Guest on July 10, 2013

    All at once factual yet farcical, sarcastic, sacrilegious. I can imagine that some people would be offended by this book, but I think the writers are geniuses. Certainly one of my favorite Amazon purchases EVER!

  • By Derek Murphy on November 1, 2008

    I wrote on my blog a couple years ago - 'wouldn't it be great if searching for a religion was just like shopping for a car?' This book makes that happen.Checklist style questionnaires guide you towards getting in touch with your feelings towards your present religion and aspirations for future growth. What kind of person are you? Where do you want to live (geographic considerations). How much time and effort are you willing to put into a new faith? How difficult is conversion? This books answers all these and more, in a neat and organized manner.

  • By Arielle Truth on September 5, 2015

    Wonderfully entertaining!

  • By NR on February 21, 2018

    Funny because it's true!


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