Why Religion Matters by Huston Smith
The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Huston Smith, the author of the classic bestseller The World's Religions, delivers a passionate, timely message: The human spirit is being suffocated by the dominant materialistic worldview of our times. Smith champions a society in which religion is once again treasured and authentically practiced as the vital source of human wisdom.

 

About Huston Smith

See more books from this Author
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.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Why Religion Matters

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

This present work, written in a relaxed, almost garrulous style, explores what Smith sees as the root of our spiritual crisis: the traditional, spiritual view of humanity and the cosmos has suffered a loss of plausibility under the assaults of modernity (with its scientific cosmology) and a loss ...

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In lucid and captivating prose, Smith, the dean of world religionists, conducts readers on a whirlwind tour of the beliefs, practices and experiences of the world's religious traditions.

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Religion scholar and ""missionary kid"" Smith discovered psychedelic drugs in good company, alongside Timothy Leary and the crowd at Harvard that experimented with LSD, mescaline and psilocybin in the 1960s.

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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.

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this challenging but accessible book, Smith ardently declaims religion's relevance, taking on luminaries, such as Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould, who hold that ""only matter exists"" and suggest that religion relates only to ""subjective experiences."" Smith defines such thinking as scientis...

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

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...

| Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

ReviewAtlas.com

-- ReligiousTolerance.org Religion around the world: Religious makeup of Bermuda Anglican: 23 percent Roman Catholic: 15 percent African Methodist Episcopal: 11 percent Other Protestant: 18 percent Other: 12 percent Unaffiliated: 6 percent Unspecified: 1 percent ...

Sep 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Why Religion Matters: The Fat...

Reader Rating for Why Religion Matters
55%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 59 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×