The World's Religions, Revised and Updated: A Concise Introduction

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 112 pages
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The World’s Religions, by beloved author and pioneering professor Huston Smith (Tales of Wonder), is the definitive classic for introducing the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as regional native traditions.

This revised and updated edition provides sympathetic descriptions of the various traditions, explaining how they work “from the inside,” which is a big reason why this cherished classic has sold more than two million copies since it first appeared in 1958.

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User Review  - Kronomlo - LibraryThing

An excellent book outlining the major world religions and their more prominent denominations. A good starting point when first learning about religions in general, each religion getting a brief overview but still enough detail to see a bit of depth in each. Read full review

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

This is a handy introduction to the world religions for a basic religions course. The author is very strong on prescribing four paths to the Goal in Hinduism, the way to God through love, or Bhakti, the stages of life, explaining the caste system and how it works. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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