The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

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Harper Collins, Aug 18, 1995 - Religion - 256 pages
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Retaining all the beloved qualities of Huston Smith's classic The Religions of Man and the current fully revised and updated The World's Religions, this stunning pictorial presentation refines the text to its wonderful essentials. In detailed, absorbing, richly illustrated, and highly readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions. The approach is at once classic and contemporary, retaining all the empathy, eloquence and erudition that millions of readers love about the earlier editions, while being edited and designed for a contemporary general readership. This delightful marriage of winsome text and remarkable pictures vividly brings to life the scope and vision of Huston Smith's expertise and insight.

 

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

A beautiful book with lovely artwork that gives a good historical background of all the major religions and an explanation of the basic beliefs and tenets. Read full review

The illustrated world's religions: a guide to our wisdom traditions

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Much is gained and lost in this third incarnation of a highly readable work first published in 1958 as The Religions of Man, which spoke without arcane religious jargon about seven major world ... Read full review

Contents

PReeace to the IllustRated Edition
6
Point oe DepaRtuRe
8
Hinduism
17
Buddhism
58
Coneucianism
98
Taoism
123
Isi am I44 ChapteR VII Judaism
157
ChRistianitv
204
The PRimal Religions
231
A Final Examination
245
Index
252
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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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