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The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life

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"Where can we find what is ultimately meaningful? How can we discover what is truly worth knowing?" In one form or another Huston Smith has been posing these questions to himself—and the world—all his life. In the course of seeking answers, he has become one of the most interesting, enlightening, and celebrated voices on the subject of religion and spirituality throughout the world. The twenty-three interviews and essays in this volume, edited by cultural historian and filmmaker Phil Cousineau, offer a uniquely personal perspective on Smith's own personal journey, as well as wide-ranging reflection on the nature and importance of the religious quest.

In The Way Things Are, readers will find Smith in conversation with some of the world's most influential personalities and religious leaders, from journalist Bill Moyers to religion scholar Philip Novak, and recounting his personal experiences with such luminaries as Joseph Campbell, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Daisetz Suzuki, Ram Dass, and the Dalai Lama. Throughout these engaging exchanges Smith speaks with passion and humor of his upbringing as the son of missionary parents in China, of the inspiring and colorful individuals he has known, and of his impressions of the different religious and philosophical traditions he has encountered. A fascinating view of the state of world religion and religious leadership over the past fifty years, the book also looks to the future with a final interview on the vital importance of the transcendent message of religion for the post-9/11 world. Readers will find The Way Things Are to be Huston Smith's most and accessible book to date.

Synopsis:

"My idea of heaven (here on earth) is sitting in a room and listening to Huston Smith talk (and sparkle and sing); the next best thing, surely, is having him here, as he is in these pages, passing on his contagious delight and excitement in the Real in a voice of miraculous clarity and humanity. I can't think of a more moving and beautiful, more rigorous and wise, book to help us through these troubled times."—Pico Iyer

"In this his new book, Huston Smith gives us his readers a priceless gift during our time of struggle with the nature of good and evil, carefully differentiating between the concepts of good and perfect."—Robert A. Johnson, author of Inner Work and We

"Huston Smith, in conversation, sometimes becomes as spontaneous and radiant as the ineffable beauty he talks about. Not all the time. He admits to having a spiritual flu on some days. Wherever he is, though, a clean wind of truth blows through his presence. He always makes me feel more alive! He knows, and lives, and loves whereof he speaks."—Coleman Barks, poet and translator, Rumi: The Book of Love

Synopsis:

In this collection of interviews and essays, bestselling religion author Smith discusses "the spiritual life" with well known writers and luminaries.

About the Author

Huston Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Syracuse University, is considered the country's preeminent public scholar of world religions. The author of The Religions of Man (1958, republished as The World's Religions in 1991) and Why Religion Matters (2001), Smith has influenced multiple generations of readers, artists, scholars, and students. He has been profiled in a PBS series by Bill Moyers and appears frequently on national TV and radio. Phil Cousineau is the author and editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times (2001), The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred (1998), and Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity (1997).

Table of Contents

Preface: The Way Things Are for Huston Smith

No Wasted Journey: A Theological Autobiography

Introduction by Huston Smith

PART ONE: THE HEART OF RELIGION

Chapter 1. The Way Things Are

An interview with Timothy Beneke

Chapter 2. The Primordial Tradition

An interview with John Loudon

Chapter 3. Winnowing the Wisdom Traditions

An interview with Mark Kenaston

Chapter 4. This Is It

An interview with Richard Marranca

Chapter 5. The Soul of the Community

An interview with Philip and Bridgett Novak

Chapter 6. Encountering God

An essay by Huston Smith

PART TWO: THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Chapter 7. The Place of Science

An interview with Steve Reuys

Chapter 8. The Limits of the Scientific Worldview

An interview with Jeffrey Mishlove

Chapter 9. Science as the Oracle of Our Age

An interview with Michael Toms

Chapter 10. Science, Faith, and Infinity

An interview with Tracy Knauss and the Reverend Jack Young

Chapter 11. Toward a Partnership between Science and Religion

An interview with April Thompson

Chapter 12. The Battle for the Human Mind

An interview with Richard Gazdayka

Chapter 13. The New Paradigm

An interview with Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney

Chapter 14. Countering Scientism

An essay by Marsha Newman

Chapter 15. The Striking Parallels

An interview with Phil Cousineau

PART THREE: FROM PLATO'S CAVE TO THE ENCHANTED GARDEN

Chapter 16. The Sacred Dimensions of Everyday Life

An interview with Jeffrey Kane

Chapter 17. Demystifying Spiritual Practice

An essay by Huston Smith, with commentary by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Chapter 18. The Varieties of Religious Explorations

An interview with Jeffrey Mishlove

Chapter 19. Cleansing the Doors of Perception

An interview with Richard Scheinin

Chapter 20. Fathoming Psychedelic Mysticism

An interview with Timothy White

Chapter 21. The Wisdom of Faith

An interview with Bill Moyers

Chapter 22. Why Religion Matters Now More Than Ever

An interview with Phil Cousineau

References

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520244894
Editor:
Cousineau, Phil
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Cousineau, Phil
Author:
Smith, Huston
Author:
Cousineau, Phil
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
338
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 0.15 lb

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"My idea of heaven (here on earth) is sitting in a room and listening to Huston Smith talk (and sparkle and sing); the next best thing, surely, is having him here, as he is in these pages, passing on his contagious delight and excitement in the Real in a voice of miraculous clarity and humanity. I can't think of a more moving and beautiful, more rigorous and wise, book to help us through these troubled times."—Pico Iyer

"In this his new book, Huston Smith gives us his readers a priceless gift during our time of struggle with the nature of good and evil, carefully differentiating between the concepts of good and perfect."—Robert A. Johnson, author of Inner Work and We

"Huston Smith, in conversation, sometimes becomes as spontaneous and radiant as the ineffable beauty he talks about. Not all the time. He admits to having a spiritual flu on some days. Wherever he is, though, a clean wind of truth blows through his presence. He always makes me feel more alive! He knows, and lives, and loves whereof he speaks."—Coleman Barks, poet and translator, Rumi: The Book of Love

"Synopsis" by , In this collection of interviews and essays, bestselling religion author Smith discusses "the spiritual life" with well known writers and luminaries.
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