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The world's religions

Author: Huston Smith; Richard Marranca
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 50th anniversary edView all editions and formats
This volume offers an introduction to comparative religion, exploring the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Emphasizing the inner, rather than the institutional, dimension of these religions, the author devotes special attention  Read more...
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Named Person: Huston Smith; Huston Smith
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Huston Smith; Richard Marranca
ISBN: 9780061660184 0061660183
OCLC Number: 398189122
Notes: Reprint of the Rev. ed. originally published: [San Francisco, CA] : Harper SanFrancisco, ©1991 ; 1st HarperCollins pbk. ed. published in 1958 as "The Religions of man."
Includes a bonus section, "Plus : insights, interviews, and more!" containing "Exploring religious frontiers," transcribed from the First Kern Lecture sponsored by the Theosophical Society in America," Bederman Auditorium, Chicago, Ill., Apr. 18, 2002, [by] Huston Smith (p. 402-415) and "Huston Smith's search for wisdom in a bewildered world," by Richard Marranca, originally published in Shambhala Sun magazine, July 1997 (p. 416-431).
Description: xvi, 431 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword (Dec. 1998) --
Preface to the 50th anniv. ed. (Jan. 2009) --
Point of departure --
Hinduism --
Buddhism --
Confucianism --
Taoism --
Islam --
Judaism --
Christianity --
The primal religions --
A final examination.
Responsibility: Huston Smith.


Explores essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths. This book emphasizes the inner - rather than the institutional - dimensions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism,  Read more...
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