The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

by Huston Smith, Harpercollins
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AG79 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone interested in religious philosophy or the state of the human mind. Huston Smith has a way of gently uniting the entire world by comparing the various religions and showing us the beauty in variety that is finally based on the beauty of similarity. The book gives a reverent description with almost childlike enthusiasm for the philosophy and spirit of each varied religion and how they all finally try to encourage the spiritual advancement of a human being. He conveys the enchantment of each religious teaching with the respect of a practitioner and in doing so, culls out the common thread from each. Most interestingly, he never touches the question of the existence of god but he conveys the importance of religion (any religion) to man. Also, as mentioned in the introduction, the author does not explain these religions merely as a list of historic anecdotes and customs. The history and customs are presented only in order to help the reader better understand the circumstances of the development of each religion and religious philosophy. He does not dwell for too long on each religion and his descriptions are succinct enough that the reader can grasp the crux without burning out. I would personally recommend this book for bedside reading, a chapter a night helps me feel like all is well with this world and everything makes sense and there is some hope for man-kind that has lost it's way in the senseless cycle of religious persecution and wars. In short, I sleep better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Huston Smith knew exactly what he wanted to portray when he began this book. It is a completely unbiased, clear view of the largest religions of the world today.
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CJRice91 More than 1 year ago
It's a truly beautiful introduction to the religions of man. For my introductory World Religions class, thsi was supposed to be my textbook, but our professor changed it at the last minute. I liked it so well, I kept it in addition to the new textbook. It is truly a must-have for anyone interested in the great religious traditions of the world!