• Religions of the World

  • Judaism, Taoism, Christianity, Primal Religions, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Hinduism
  • By: Huston Smith
  • Narrated by: Huston Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 11-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.3 (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For half of the 20th century, Huston Smith covered the world seeking answers to the supreme questions in life: Why are we here? What do we really want? What does it all mean?

From humble village temples to glinting mosques and towering cathedrals, Smith has uncovered the spiritual treasures buried beneath thousands of years of historical and scientific distortions. Now, in his own words, Smith shares the true story of his epic search for the seeds of wisdom in Religions of the World.

Huston Smith's intent is to awaken the fullness of our humanity - to encourage us to break free from the narrow corridors of orthodox theology and awaken us to the values and beliefs that allow us to triumph as people and as cultures. For this is not the story of religious institutions but of the eternal truths that inspire them, as viewed through the eyes of this great scholar, teacher, and author.

With Huston Smith as your personal guide, you will examine the defining perspectives within the world's central religions - the teachings that have touched his own life directly - and learn how these traditions differ while retaining a common interior language that speaks to our highest aspirations. Religions of the World looks beyond information, beyond doctrine and dogma, into the wisdom at the very heart of these great traditions: Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, primal religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Islam.

Here is perhaps the greatest story ever told: how religion comes alive and lights the way with a sacred flame, bringing the secret of joy into the darkest corners of the human soul.

©2007 Huston Smith (P)2007 Huston Smith

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Terrific basic overview of each religion

What about Huston Smith’s performance did you like?

Nice, slow, clear presentation, set out like a study course. I've wanted to read his book forever, but felt the subject work too daunting. This format was perfect. I like when the author also narrates, as he knows when to go slow, & where to place an emphasis. I find other narrators often "speed read", without allowing the information to "sink in".

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Audio bad and not even the right book.

there is an updated 50th anniversary edition that is much better but not on audible.

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An amazing journey

To travel through the history of the world's religions with such a devoted and thoughtful scholar is a rare treat. Every moment carried knowledge, insight, and the invitation to ponder. I love this lecture series, and Huston Smith's dry wit.

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try another

Got this audio due to several star ratings. Author narrates. I wasn't able to continue listening to his verbal reading.

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Excellent , personal, in-depth

I loved this series and listened to it more than once. Huston Smith has included more personal stories and details in this series than in his text The Illustrated World's Religions.

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A must read for all.

Read this book for a college class. Great insight on all the world's religions and gives insight to what I did not understand stand about Judaism and the Muslim teachings.

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Knowledge

Great course with fresh look at the major world religions. Course narrator spoke slowly and I had to increase speed to 1.35 and was perfect.

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Positive look at the top world religions.

My goal is listening to this book was to enlighten my self about the religions of the rest of the world. I was born and live in what is called the "Bible Belt" of the USA Shreveport my home is the buckle. I understand much more now. Thank you Mr. Houston.
Terrell Methvin

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