The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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Harper Collins, Sep 13, 1991 - History - 399 pages
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Originally titled The Religions of Man, this completely revised and updated edition of Smith's masterpiece, now with an engaging new foreword, explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including:

  • Hinduism,

  • Buddhism,

  • Confucianism,

  • Taoism,

  • Islam,

  • Judaism,

  • Christianity,

  • and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania.

Emphasizing the inner -- rather than institutional -- dimensions 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.

  

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Fantastic, good insight into the Major World Religions. - Goodreads
Great introduction to religion. - Goodreads
Good overview of major religions. - Goodreads
this was easy to read. - Goodreads
Good overview of the main religions. - Goodreads
Very good introduction to world religions. - Goodreads

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Smith provides a good theoretical overview of the major religions, and I more clearly understand the basics than before. However, his prose reads very much like a textbook, and so it took a while for ... Read full review

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Excellent, excellent intro into the fundamentals of the major world religious traditions. Read full review

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Page 317 - Christianity is basically a historical religion. That is to say, it is founded not on abstract principles but in concrete events, actual historical happenings. The most important of these is the life of a Jewish carpenter who, as has often been pointed out, was born in a stable, was executed as a criminal at age...
Page 317 - ... Huston Smith, in his book The Religions of Man, describes the magic quality of the life of Jesus in these words : " The most important of these is the life of a little-known Jewish carpenter who... was born in a stable, died at the age of thirty-three as a criminal rather than a hero, never travelled more than ninety miles from his birth-place, owned nothing, attended no college, marshalled no army, and instead of producing books, did his only writing in the sand. Nevertheless... his birthday...
Page 317 - Nearly two thousand years of history have brought an astonishing diversity to this religion.

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Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling "The World's Religions", "Why Religion Matters", and his autobiography, "Tales of Wonder".

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