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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.

Topics: Spirituality , Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Zen, Buddhism, Meditation, Informative, and Guides

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 1, 1991
ISBN: 9780061763489
List price: $12.50
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A good review of the major religions. Sometimes it drags. Most of the time, it's a good mix of history and context with theory and theology.read more
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This book is a wonderful book for comparative religions. It doesn't feel like one is more favored over another, and it treats the history of all the religions equally. I respect Smith for being able to talk about the good and bad sides of religion without favoring the easy ones.read more
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Used this book in my comparative religion course this summer. overall very good, informative, factual and an easy read.The Judaism chapter reads like a mathematical proof in places, and there are too many modern scientific parrallels in the Christianity chapter. Aside from that a Very good book.read more
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A good review of the major religions. Sometimes it drags. Most of the time, it's a good mix of history and context with theory and theology.
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This book is a wonderful book for comparative religions. It doesn't feel like one is more favored over another, and it treats the history of all the religions equally. I respect Smith for being able to talk about the good and bad sides of religion without favoring the easy ones.
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Used this book in my comparative religion course this summer. overall very good, informative, factual and an easy read.The Judaism chapter reads like a mathematical proof in places, and there are too many modern scientific parrallels in the Christianity chapter. Aside from that a Very good book.
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The best general introduction to world religions ever written. Smith conveys both the practical external elements and spiritual inner realities of the major religions.
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Great introduction to the world's major religious traditions, putting each in it's historical context which really aids in gaining some understanding and appreciation of them.
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I am constantly rereading this. Very accessible. A look into the soul of the world.
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