A reading standard in university religious study programs for good reason. This text is thorough and generous. An excellent overview of the world's great faiths.
Fascinating book by an incredible author
A great reference book on the major religions of the world. Very readable.
Good info but Smith's clumsy sentence structure makes for a difficult read at times.
very good survey of the many world's religions without much bias to a particular belief system.
Excellent book for understand our world's religions. Smith writes in an easy to understand format. I would recommend this book for students and anyone that is interested in opening their mind to other religions.
Some of this was interesting and some of it put me to sleep.
essential elements and teachings of the world's predominat faiths
Just what I wanted. A good overview of the major religions.
The World's Religions, by Huston Smith, has been a standard introduction to its eponymous subject since its first publication in 1958. Smith writes humbly, forswearing judgment on the validity of world religions. His introduction asks, "How does it all sound from above? Like bedlam, or do the strains blend in strange, ethereal harmony? ... We cannot know. All we can do is try to listen carefully and with full attention to each voice in turn as it addresses the divine. Such listening defines the purpose of this book." His criteria for inclusion and analysis of religions in this book are "relevance to the modern mind" and "universality," and his interest in each religion is more concerned with its principles than its context. Therefore, he avoids cataloging the horrors and crimes of which religions have been accused, and he attempts to show each "at their best." Yet The World's Religions is no pollyannaish romp: "It is about religion alive," Huston writes. "It calls the soul to the highest adventure it can undertake, a proposed journey across the jungles, peaks, and deserts of the human spirit. The call is to confront reality." And by translating the voices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, and Judaism, among others, Smith has amplified the divine call for generations of readers. This was required reading in college.