The World's Religions, Revised and Updated
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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A shit pluralist at best.
This is a fantastic book -- I'm currently a junior in high school taking a World Religions elective and this is the required reading. I went into the course thinking that I wouldn't be entirely impressed by it even though I actively chose to take it, but it has been fantastic and this book has been part of it. It explains the religions in it in a way that it doesn't try and convert you -- it simply gives you the philosophies in a non-biased fashion. The only reason this book hasn't gotten 5 stars is because sometimes it seems the language is a little dull and a few explanations drag on a little long (they are still much more condensed than having to read an entire religious text).