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The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions
by Huston Smith
by Huston Smith
I am currently reading this book and find it very insightful, interesting, and educational. Huston's writing style expresses with great respect how each of the religious belief systems resonate from the souls of the people into unique expressions of their deep longings for life purpose. I found myself wondering which of these religious expressions that he identified with most profoundly and I kept thinking it must be with all of them. While he described fundamental shortcomings for each he also honored each of them as valid expressions of the human spirituality. My assessment thus far is that it is as unbiased and fair as one could hope for in a book that deals with language of the soul which is filled with impressionistic descriptions and is almost impossible to not reflect your ingrained world view. I caution one not to read this book if you want to stay closed to the wonder and beauty of other cultures thought, closed to other cultures aspirations for spiritual meaning, and closed to recognizing the common fabric of the human soul and the ability to call all people our brothers and sisters. It has caused me to realize that my own belief system and my religious practices have areas that are impoverished in comparison to where other cultures have flourished and yet I can see where they would also benefit from open minds and hearts to what my religious beliefs can offer also. This is the wonder of books and I think for this book in particular. Without even leaving my home I can be carried far into the lands of others, across time and space, and learn from the wise where ever and whenever they may have lived.
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