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The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom…

The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions (1958)

by Huston Smith

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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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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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A completely revised edition of the bestselling introduction to the history of religion.

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