Posted by: rusch | March 21, 2008

The World’s Religions

A couple of months ago I mentioned that I was read The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. I am now twenty pages from completing it and these are my thoughts.

The chapters dealing with Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Toaism are compelling. The chapters on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the primal religions are wanting. In other words half of this book was worth reading.

a friend of mine suggested that because Smith is a professor, he did not really write the book. In other words his graduate students wrote the chapters which he ultimately approved and then stamped his name on the cover. I don’t know if this is the case, but there is definitely a bias towards far eastern religions as opposed the Abrahamic religions that are treated in this book.

Can I recommend this book? Yes, I can say that you will find the first half interesting and the last half tedious.

Overall this is a good book for someone who knows little about the religions in the first half of the book, but will have little to give to someone who is familiar with the religions of the last half.

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