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In Search of the Universal God is a non-fiction treatise on comparative religions written by Vijay Atawane. This work sets out the author’s premise that there is a Universal God that is revered by all humanity, and that a shift from the prevailing religious practices and beliefs of the various separate religions to that more centered approach would result in a more peaceful and united world. Atawane backs his contention with quotes that are taken from the major religious holy books: the Koran, the Torah, the Bible and other works. When he uses quotes, they are uniformly labelled as ‘God Speak’ to help the reader maintain an open mind in his search for a Universal God. Atawane argues that much of the conflict in our society could be avoided if a Universal and non-judgmental approach to worship was followed by more people.
Vijay Atawane’s religious work, In Search of the Universal God, is an impressive study of the major religions of the world. He presents a series of questions and topics for thought on the identity and characteristics of a Creator in order to assist readers in their own religious and philosophical journeys. His arguments are well-presented in, for the most part, a dispassionate and organized methodology. I enjoyed reading In Search of the Universal God and found his proposal for Universality, and its resulting freedom from conflict, to be quite compelling. At times the author’s own beliefs intruded in what is generally a rigorous study, which was somewhat distracting and disturbing, but, overall, I found myself enriched for having read In Search of the Universal God. His proposition is very interesting indeed and universal harmony is certainly something to work for. In Search of the Universal God is highly recommended.