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The World's Religions

50th Anniversary Edition
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
May, 2009
ISBN:
9780061660184
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$24.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Originally published as The Religions of Man in 1958 and revised after another 30 years of study to incorporate the use of inclusive language and some vital new dimensions, this book was almost everyone’s first introduction to the grand feast of spiritual diversity served around the world. Widely used in introductory religious studies courses, The World’s Religions is now in a 50th Anniversary Edition including new reflections by the author.

The book 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.

Emphasizing 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.

The book’s aim remains the same: to carry intelligent laypeople into the heart of the world’s great enduring faiths to the point where they might see, and even feel, why and how they guide and motivate the lives of those who live by them.

This latest edition also includes two additional pieces: a talk Smith gave in 2002 called “Exploring Religious Frontiers” and a wonderful extended interview with him called “Huston Smith’s Search for Wisdom in a Bewildered World.”

“This is the one book on world religions I can’t do without. I return to it often—and always with reward.” —Bill Moyers

“I urge all readers to make it the core of their home library.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

Huston Smith is widely regarded as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on the history of religions. Among his other books are Why Religion Matters and The Soul of Christianity.

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

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 innerrather than the institutionaldimension 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.

The World's Religions is widely recognized as the classic exploration of the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths and has taught more people on this subject than any other book published in America. Emphasizing the inner-rather than the institutional-dimensions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, beloved scholar and teacher Huston Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, indigenous religions, 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.

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