- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1st HarperCollins Pbk. Ed edition (August 18, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060674407
- ISBN-13: 978-0060674403
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions Paperback – August 18, 1995
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"If one buys only one of the number of recent introductions to world religions, this should be it."-- "Publishers Weekly""[Huston Smith has] passionate intellect and immense heart.... He is the world's ambassador to religions everywhere."-- Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul"
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Retaining all the beloved qualities of Huston Smith's classic "The Religions of Man" and the current fully revised and updated "The World's Religions," this stunning pictorial presentation refines the text to its wonderful essentials. In detailed, absorbing, richly illustrated, and highly readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions.
The approach is at once classic and contemporary, retaining all the empathy, eloquence and erudition that millions of readers love about the earlier editions, while being edited and designed for a contemporary general readership. This delightful marriage of winsome text and remarkable pictures vividly brings to life the scope and vision of Huston Smith's expertise and insight.
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He steers away from the ways in which actual implementation of the religions cause problems. For instance, he covers why a caste system could theoretically make sense, if implemented the way the religion had intended it to be -- but points out only briefly that it is not.
In all this is an excellent overview of the major religions, put in a way that an adherent to any religion would likely like seeing their religion explained to others.
He does seem to have a view that there are a few common themes among the religions (e.g., achieving happiness by losing the separate self in compassionate service to others).