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.
To a well-read mystically-oriented person, however, it hasn't a whole lot to offer.
And if you are looking for an introductory overview of what the great world religions believe and teach, that other work is highly recommended.
Smith does jazz up his perspective by allusion to quantum physics, but this material is quite dated (originally published in 1976).
This very small book is simply the best book introduction to the sacred worldview of world religions that exists. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D.W. Walker
Smith's book is a refreshing non-Christian assessment of the irrational consensus stretching across the various segments of American culture, at least as far as I can see it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John A. Van Devender
For its price, the book Forgotten Truth by Huston Smith is more than acceptable.Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's ReligionsPublished on December 8, 2011 by Osirisls
This is not a sequel to Huston Smith's popular "The World's Religions", as erroneously stated by Amazon in their editorial review. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Ashtar Command
If one is wishing for a list of comparative shared beliefs, especially those at the surface, or simple dogmatic ideas among the current world's religions, this book will not live... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Elisabeth Bunnell Noell
The author, well known for his prior work The World's Religions (Plus) (which I used in college) which is quite good, I think. Indeed, some view it as a classic. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Neal J. Pollock
Overall, interesting read. However, Smith's attempts to utilize knowledge from quantum mechanics, evolutionary theory, and complex metaphysical claims seems hurried and... Read morePublished on April 23, 2007 by Benjamin J. Tolman
While Forgotten Truth may be a highly personal reflection on the world's reliigons by a man who may know more about them than anybody else alive, it still touches on themes that... Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by E. C. Apel
Huston Smith probes deep into the ideas that underlie all religion. He does not solely restrict himself to the 'major' religions, but rather examines the frame work, the ideas on... Read morePublished on August 4, 2005 by M. T. Miller