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The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditionsby Huston Smith
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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:
and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania.
Emphasising 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.
"Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Huston Smith's classic. To read it once again is to be amazed at how prescient he was and how clearly he thought about faith. The book addresses Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and what he calls the primal religions of aborigines and indigenous peoples. 'Every religion,' Huston says,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) 'mixes universal principles with local peculiarities. The former, when lifted out and made clear, speak to what is generically human in us all. The latter, rich compounds of rites and legends, are not easy for outsiders to comprehend. It is one of the illusions of rationalism that the universal principles of religion are more important than the rites and rituals that feed them.' This book opens you up to others. 'If we lay aside our preconceptions about these religions,' he says, 'the veil that separates us from them can turn to gauze.' By Sally Quinn is co-host of washingtonpost.com's religion blog, 'On Faith.'" Reviewed by Sally Quinn, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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Details the world's religions including chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Emphasis is on the teachings of Jesus, Tibetan Buddhism and Sufism and includes a chapter on the primal native religions of the Americas, Australia, Africa and Oceania.
With a new preface and fresh package, this completely revised and updated version of The Religions of Man 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. Smith emphasises the inner –rather than institutional –dimensions of these religions and gives special attention to Zen, 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.
About the Author
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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