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

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Harper Collins, 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 innerórather than the institutionalódimension 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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Excellent, excellent intro into the fundamentals of the major world religious traditions. Read full review

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An excellent, most necessary book for readers having any exposure what so ever to organized and institutionalized faith or belief systems. It dispels several enormous misconceptions often assumed of most religions. Extremely clarifying. Read full review

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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