Huston Smith by Huston Smith
Essays in World Religion

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A challenging and provocative collection of essays on comparative philosophy, religion and culture from one of the foremost thinkers of our time, this volume gathers Huston Smith's most insightful and important reflections on the state of the human spiritual life. With a range and depth seldom seen in contemporary religious studies, Smith examines the contributions of religion and philosophy to the worldÆs great civilizations, both past and present. He explores the traditions of East Asia, South Asia, and the West, discusses the importance of comparative studies in a religiously pluralistic world in energetic prose that can be appreciated by both the layman and the student.
 

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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". Professor of Religion and Culture at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Paragon House. 9 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Marked by clarity, rare philosophical depth and a truly global perspective, these 19 essays in comparative religion are filled with challenging ideas and bold speculations.

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The New York Review of Books

It is symptomatic of the unlevel playing field on which science and religion contend today that a scientist with no theological credentials (Freeman Dyson, in The New York Review, May 28) feels comfortable in concluding that the theology of a fellow scientist (John Polkinghorne) is, like all theo...

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Spirituality & Practice

But, instead of hurrahing the many efforts afoot to reconcile religion and science, the author sarcastically suggests the creation of an Equal Opportunity Center for Science and Religion to serve as a watchdog on scientism and to discuss those subjects where scientific and religious understanding...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In this sprightly sequel to his spiritual memoir Tales of Wonder, the inimitable Huston Smith, world renown teacher of world religions and best-selling author, shares his "p...

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At the World Parliament of Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1999, a delegation of eight American Indian leaders presented a series of panel discussions under the title "America's Shadow Struggle," in which they spoke about their 500-year struggle for religious freedom.

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Smith explores this adventure in The Illustrated World Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions a lavishly designed edition that contains vivid and provocative photographs, paintings, and pictures of sacred art and rituals from Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christia...

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Other themes explored in this paperback include ecumenism, scientism, the impact of postmodernism on religion, and the structural similarities underlying the surface diversity of the world's religions.

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Huston Smith is the foremost authority on the world's religions and has spent a lifetime teaching, savoring, and practicing them.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In a Nutshell: Here is a wonderful selection of world religion expert Huston Smith's writings over a 60-year period.

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