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Religions of Man by Huston Smith

Religions of Man (original 1958; edition 1958)

by Huston Smith

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Title:Religions of Man
Authors:Huston Smith
Info:HARPER & ROW, PUBLISHERS (1958), Hardcover
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I found this book - published in the 1950s - on a shelf at the back of the school library. That version of the book is no longer in print; there's an updated version under the title "The World Religions." Why is this book so wonderful? Author Huston Smith discusses each religion not by breaking down its practices and specifics. Instead, he gets at the soul of the religion. It's much about philosophy, spiritual and non-spiritual, than the cut-and-dry religion any standard book would provide. I haven't actually finished this book yet, but I've been fascinated by the chapters I've read so far.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
An excellent overview of the major religions. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Apr 15, 2010 |
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When I behold the sacred liao wo my thoughts return
To those who begot me, raised me, and now are tired.
I would repay the bounty they have given me,
But it is as the sky: it can never be approached.
Missionaries to China for forty-one years
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I write these opening lines on a day widely celebrated throughout Christendom as World-Wide Communion Sunday.
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Several people have written books about the world's religions. Please do not combine with works by other authors.

Original 1958 Title, The Religions of Man.
Revised 1991 Edition, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions (a seperate LT work).

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The World's Religions, by Huston Smith, has been a standard introduction to its eponymous subject since its first publication in 1958. Smith writes humbly, forswearing judgment on the validity of world religions. His introduction asks, "How does it all sound from above? Like bedlam, or do the strains blend in strange, ethereal harmony? ... We cannot know. All we can do is try to listen carefully and with full attention to each voice in turn as it addresses the divine. Such listening defines the purpose of this book." His criteria for inclusion and analysis of religions in this book are "relevance to the modern mind" and "universality," and his interest in each religion is more concerned with its principles than its context. Therefore, he avoids cataloging the horrors and crimes of which religions have been accused, and he attempts to show each "at their best." Yet The World's Religions is no pollyannaish romp: "It is about religion alive," Huston writes. "It calls the soul to the highest adventure it can undertake, a proposed journey across the jungles, peaks, and deserts of the human spirit. The call is to confront reality." And by translating the voices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, and Judaism, among others, Smith has amplified the divine call for generations of readers. --Michael Joseph Gross

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