Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief
Huston Smith, the author of the classic bestseller The World's Religions, delivers a passionate, timely message: The human spirit is being suffocated by the dominant materialistic worldview of our times. Smith champions a society in which religion is once again treasured and authentically practiced as the vital source of human wisdom.
Most of the book deals with things we already know yet never learn.
-- Huston Smith
This is perhaps one of the most enlightening books I've ever read, and yet I feel like I've only grasped a small bit of its meaning. It is with that warning that I attempt this review.
I should add at the outset that this is one of those books where no matter what you expect it to be, after reading it, you will find that it wasn't what you expected.
I heartily recommend it ...more
The tone of writing in Why Religion Matters may seem abrasive and dense. Howe ...more
His approach is very mid-century in its reliance on analytical thought, but at the same time he doesn't deny the mystical glimpses of a w ...more
Writing aside, I agree with his central point that materiali ...more
This isn't that book.
This book's biggest problem is one of tactics.
Smith's stated intention with his book is to simultaneously demonstrate the blind spots in a strictly scientific worldview and to demonstrate how religion can add value and insight. To that end, he ma ...more
Peter Berger’s justly famous quip has caught on: “If India is the most religious country on our planet, and Sweden is the least religious, America is a land of Indians ruled by Swedes.” The next chapter will document his point as it relates to l...more