The World's Religions (50th Anniversary Edition)
  • The World's Religions (50th Anniversary Edition)
  • The World's Religions (50th Anniversary Edition)

The World's Religions (50th Anniversary Edition)

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by Huston Smith
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Intelligent, clearly written...reveals the spirit of each faith.
New York Times Book Review
Intelligent, clearly written...reveals the spirit of each faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061660184
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Plus Series
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
33,917
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

What People are saying about this

Bill Moyers
"This is one book on world religions I can't do without. I return to it often--and always with reward."
Thomas Moore
"Huston Smith's classic on the world's religions has justifiably become as venerable as the old texts he studies. I'm thrilled to see it enjoying yet another incarnation. It is more important today than it was in its first printing, and I urge everyone to make it the core of their home library."
Stephen Mitchell
"This is not only the best book of its kind, there is nothing else in its league."

Meet 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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The World's Religions 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you are faith-hopping or just would like to know more about other people's belief systems, this book is for you. I read it cover to cover, but it would make a great reference book as well. Easy to read and very well researched. I was amazed at how little I actually knew about other religions. After reading this, I feel I am better able to understand other people around me. Does a great job of explaining different types of Christianity (Cathollic, Protestant, etc) and the other seven major religions too. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book decades ago, and recently bought a copy to refresh my memory. Unlike other World Religion books, this volume goes beyond lists of dogmata, but gets into what each religion means to its members, and how it enriches their lives. Uniquely, it does this for Hinduism, which is described very poorly in other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for anyone looking for a clean and concise explaination of the world's religions. Each section is well organized and flows well. I was genuinely impressed by the author's extensive knowledge on the topic and his ability to translate that knowledge effectively. I have read the book twice and expect that I will continue to use it as a source of reference.
Ciela2 More than 1 year ago
This book was assigned reading for a college Eastern & Western Religion class. In fact, it was the only book chosen by my philosophy professor for required text books. My professor speaks very highly of this author and it is apparent to me why after reading this book. The author breaks down the the largest world religions in their most basic core form. It has given me a new appreciation for each faith. We are all victims of media perception and it clouds our judgment on faiths such as Muslim. Smith will show you the true meaning and history of the larger faiths. What is most interesting after reading this book is the common threads that run through all of the religions. This is a must read book for all ages! I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it.
SusieQ23 More than 1 year ago
This is such an inspiring books to me to take a look inside the diff religions and cultures of southasia. There is so many insightful quotes and phrases Huston Smith has to say about. I actually learned about him in my world music class and ever since then have found an obsession about his work! If you are as curious as i am and would like to learn more about the world;s religion by all means this is where to start! It def helps to have a little background knowledge before jumping in the deep end but if you're like me go get your feet wet! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to the world's religions. It's slender and reads easily. Smith has a gift for taking complex religious and philosophical ideas and making them easy to understand. I'd start with this book as a survey and then move on to more technical books. But this one may be all you need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A excellent read for anyone seeking tranquility in this complex world!
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Good read
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This book is very insightful and interesting with the knowledge and explanations it provides for the religions it talks of. It eliminates the source of stereotypes and judgement individuals and societies through the examination of what the religion really is.
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An incredible book about humanity's search for God. This is a journey into religion from the beginning. You might be surprised when you find there is more to religion and faith than you think you know. "Connections" is one word to describe this book. Huston Smith is an awe-inspiring author.
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