The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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HarperCollins, 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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I had used this book extensively in the past as a reference for a variety of different research projects, but this time read from beginning to end. It is somewhat useful for developing an ... Read full review

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Has decent chapters on Buddhism and Taoism, but it could just be my lack of knowledge in those religions. The chapters on Abrahamic religions are really lacking in depth. Not really providing any ... Read full review

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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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