If the Bible is going to make the list, I don’t see why the Koran, the Torah, or the Bhagavad Gita aren’t on here as well.
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The Torah is part of the Bible; it’s the first five books.
Granted, but that still doesn’t negate the fact that the other major religious texts don’t make the cut. My point was that there’s more to being a well-read adult than limiting oneself to the precepts of Judeo-Christian thought.
The Bible is included because so many allusions are made to it in the poetry and literature of western civilisation. It’s essential to being well-read in literature that’s written in English. The others you mention, while possibly interesting, are not essential. PS Anyone who thinks they can be well-read by reading a mere 100 books is kidding themselves.
My thoughts would follow those of Lisa..It’s not so much about the religion it supports but about all the common references, poetry, and literary works that have sprung from it within the English language.
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Actually, not that many. You only need a basic understanding of the Bible to understand references, and the Bible does not need to be read. Also, even if one wants it for support reading, it is not something people “should” read any more than the Qu’ran or any other religious text. If you’re interested to read one for non-religious reasons, you should read all, and if you read it for religious reasons (not because it’s a good book), then it shouldn’t be on this list. I agree with whollycrusader.