In this edition, illustrated with beautiful Sung Dynasty paintings that reflect Confucian subjects and ideas, every reader can profit from the timeless philosophy that remains at the heart of Chinese civilisation and tradition.
As well as beautiful editions of the world’s great religious texts – from the Christian Bible to Islam’s holy Qur’an - the Folio Society also includes a wide collection of books on religious philosophy and the history of religions and faith. Each book includes beautiful illustrations, or carefully researched photographs, and come in specially designed bindings. See below for the full list of Folio Religion and Faith books.
The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith and one of the world’s greatest religious texts. Gandhi called it his ‘spiritual dictionary’, while as a secular work it inspired Einstein, Yeats and Jung. Our edition uses Juan Mascaró’s acclaimed translation, with illustrations by Anna Bhushan.
In 1947 a Bedouin shepherd made a sensational discovery. In a cave he found an earthenware jar containing three leather scrolls covered in ancient script, later revealed to be biblical texts nearly 1,000 years older than any previously known.
One of the first acts of King James I when he ascended the throne of England was to commission a new translation of the Bible. The most lasting and influential of all his deeds, the Bible to which his name is given is greatly loved, not only by Christians but by readers with an appreciation of fine and poetic language.
Most people alive today (more than three-quarters of the world's population) belong to one of the great religions. These faiths are built on the foundation-stones of key texts, to which people go for spiritual inspiration and moral guidance. But what are these texts and what do they mean?
There have been numerous books on the subject of paganism and early Christianity, but this is the first major work in English to set both side by side and explain how one gave way to the other. In his brilliant narrative, Robin Lane Fox confirms the enduring importance of the pagan religion in the ancient world.
Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was a mathematician and physicist who invented the mechanical calculator and developed probability theory. After experiencing a crisis and renewal of faith, he set out to write what he titled a ‘Defence of the Christian Religion’.