The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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9780062507990: The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

Updated and re-packaged edition of the all time classic bestseller with more than two million copies sold, from the internationally celebrated authority on religion, Huston Smith.

With a new preface and fresh package, this completely revised and updated version of The Religions of Man 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. Smith emphasises the inner – rather than institutional – dimensions of these religions and gives special attention to Zen, 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.

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‘An intelligent, clearly written study which reveals the spirit of each faith.’
The New York Times

‘The best one-volume book on world religions remains Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions’
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Originally titled 'The Religions of Man', this completely revised and updated edition of Smith’s masterpiece, now with an engaging new foreword, 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 Australia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas

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.

“Huston Smith’s classic on the world’s religion has justifiably become as venerable as the old texts he studies. It is more important today than it was in its first printing, and I urge all readers to make it the core of their home library.”
THOMAS MOORE

“This is not only the best book of its kind, there is nothing else in its league.”
STEPHEN MITCHELL

“The best one-volume book on world religions.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Intelligent, clearly written … reveals the spirit of each faith.”
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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