One reoccurring theme of the book is a discussion of how Judaisim, Christianity and Islam weren’t quite the strictly monotheistic faiths everyone likes to believe they were. That early leaders toyed around with polytheism and even chose monotheism because it suited the needs of society. Another theme is the search for moral truth and whether we can truly find it.
His conclusion, although he phrases it as a suggestion, is that if Christians, Jews and Muslims give up their monopoly on religion, their need for religious exclusivity, they would move forward evolutionarily. Of course, you can’t see the religious adaptation when you are right in the midst of it. Maybe that’s how God intended it.
SHOOT: The blind leading the blind.
The essence of the book is to trace the history of Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam from their inceptions to current beliefs, reframing it in the context of scientific evolution and, more specifically, social evolutionism. That means wading through about 10,000 years of history in 483 pages.
I particularly liked his analysis of the Gospels, showing how each one, written at a later time after Jesus’ death (they don’t appear chronologically in the Bible), expands upon Jesus’ life, adding new information.