Ranked: What Is The Power Of Belief Systems?

This is a subjective Ranked version of Intriguing Connections: What Is The Power Of Belief Systems?

Belief systems incorporate philosophy, myths, faith, spirituality, and religion.  

Application Of Belief Systems:

  1. A Philosophy of Evil by Lars Svendsen
  2. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
  3. Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  4. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell
  5. The Lessons of History by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  6. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  7. Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter
  8. A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking by François Jullien
  9. The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann
  10. Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science by Peter Godfrey-Smith
  11. The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen
  12. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper
  13. Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World without Redemption by Mark C. Taylor



  1. Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources by Robert W. Strayer
  2. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  3. The Heroine With 1,001 Faces by Maria Tatar
  4. World Cultures: Analyzing Pre-Industrial Societies In Africa, Asia, Europe, And the Americas by James T. Shea
  5. The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul by Connie Zweig
  6. The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner
  7. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
  8. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich



    1. The Evolution of God by Robert Wright


    1. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
    2. Inquisition by Edward Peters
    3. The Wolf Age: The Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and the Battle for the North Sea Empire by Tore Skeie
    4. Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763 by Henry Kamen
    5. When Women Ruled The World by Maureen Quilligan
    6. Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson

    Christianity / Critique:

    1. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
    2. The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb
    3. Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother by James A. Connor
    4. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

    Christianity / Fiction:

    1. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
    2. Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
    3. The Golden Age of Islam by Maurice Lombard
    4. A History of Medieval Islam by J.J. Saunders
    5. The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World by Marie Favereau

    United States of America:


      1. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

      Olympian Gods: (See Also Roman Empire)
      1. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
      2. Greek Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Ancient Olympians and Titans by Ross Tanner

      1. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper

      1. Circe by Madeline Miller
      2. Elektra by Jennifer Saint

      Mongolia (Tengri):

      Roman Empire:

      Olympian Gods: (See Also Greece)

      1. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
      2. (Circa 2nd Century C.E.) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius