The World's Religions, Revised and Updated (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 448 pages
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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.

  

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Essential. Brilliant lyrical prose, excellent insights. - Goodreads
Great introduction to religion. - Goodreads
Good overview of major religions. - Goodreads
Good resource and reference. - Goodreads
this was easy to read. - Goodreads
Fantastic, good insight into the Major World Religions. - Goodreads

Review: The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

User Review  - Lucas - Goodreads

Read for religious course, didn't read front to back. Seemed like a good intro, but on the religions I had already studied, I always found something to disagree with. Might just be outdated at this ... Read full review

Review: The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in understanding the major religions of the world. Smith's explanations are clear and, as far as I can tell, unbiased. I learned so much about ... Read full review

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Contents

Point of Departure
1
Hinduism
12
Buddhism
82
Confucianism
154
Taoism
196
Islam
221
Judaism
271
The Primal Religions
365
A Final Examination
384
Index
393
PLUS
401
Wisdom in a Bewildered World
416
Copyright

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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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