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Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions

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This classic companion to The World's Religions articulates the remarkable unity that underlies the world's religious traditions
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 9th 1992 by HarperOne
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Magnus Itland
Jan 14, 2012 Magnus Itland rated it it was amazing
Even this book is not beach reading. You should have an interest in religions beyond your own denomination, if any, or in understanding how thinkers of the past used to see the world.

You will be hard pressed to find a clearer and more readable explanation of the common framework for the great religions of the world. Other traditionalists tend to write a dense prose, expecting the student to be desperate to learn the Truth and well versed in mystical theory and practice. Huston Smith draws on his
Aug 29, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who suspects that science might not have all the answers
"Itself occupying no more than a single ontological plane, science challenged by implication the notion that other planes exist. As its challenge was not effectively met, it swept the field and gave the modern world its soul. For this is the final definition of modernity: an outlook in which this world, this ontological plane, is the only one that is genuinely countenanced and affirmed."

Smith challenges this "modern" outlook with brilliance, wisdom, and style. Read it.
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includes a "treatment of the contrast between the modern worldview and the worldview of virtually every other culture in history" (Marcus Borg)
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grandma recommended this book to me. Interesting thesis, but I don't know if you can really boil down the world's religions into Platonism
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Second fav book by him that shows we're all connected! Beautiful! Look at similarities not differences
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Recommends it for: social scientists
The foundation of Wilbur's "integral" ideas was written by Huston Smith in this humble masterpiece.
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Find this hard to read, much heavier and more complex than most of my bedtime reading.
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Recommended to Lee by: bob jesse
Excellent overview of the world's religions by a true, openminded scholar. Signed copy.
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A great book, lots of good info here. Well thought out and presented.
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I don't think I understood everything in this book. I wish that I had.
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Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary c ...more
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