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The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

by Huston Smith

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Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Emphasizing the inner--rather than the institutional--dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.… (more)

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Good intro to religious studies ( )
  Chickenman | Sep 12, 2018 |
An excellent book outlining the major world religions and their more prominent denominations. A good starting point when first learning about religions in general, each religion getting a brief overview but still enough detail to see a bit of depth in each. ( )
  Kronomlo | Jan 8, 2018 |
This is a handy introduction to the world religions for a basic religions course.

The author is very strong on prescribing four paths to the Goal in Hinduism, the way to God through love, or Bhakti, the stages of life, explaining the caste system and how it works.
  gmicksmith | Jan 1, 2018 |
Classic in the field. Important basic information.
  NetivotLibrary | Aug 9, 2017 |
Excellent, excellent intro into the fundamentals of the major world religious traditions. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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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.

*A species of grass symbolizing parenthood.



Missionaries to China for forty-one years
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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 (a seperate LT work).
Revised 1991 Edition, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions.

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