Religions of the World

Judaism, Taoism, Christianity, Primal Religions, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Hinduism
Letto da: Huston Smith
Durata: 12 ore e 56 min
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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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  • Generale
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  • Ellie
  • 17/09/2017

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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  • c.hewlett
  • 14/01/2016

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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  • Teresa Johnson
  • 25/01/2018

Excellent but it wasn't the book....

If you could sum up Religions of the World in three words, what would they be?

Title/audiobook don't match

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is NOT Religions of the World, by Huston Smith. It is a series of lectures given by him. I listened to the lectures and they were wonderful. But, it wasn't what I ordered. In fact, in the lectures, Smith recommends and refers to his book! I don't regret listening to it but I sure would like to have the actual book on audio.

11 people found this helpful

  • Generale
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  • Amadon
  • 03/07/2019

Satisfies the soul!

Such a good book! Loved every minute of it! Smith has such a musical voice.

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  • Generale
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  • CWood
  • 17/03/2019

great overview

I used the cassette version of this program long ago as a way to study for a CLEP exam, send padded the exam. It's a great overview.

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  • George Methvin
  • 31/07/2016

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/07/2016

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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  • Kristopher willis
  • 02/05/2018

Great source of information, bad narrator.

The context of this religious study is great. It has a massive wealth of information that delves into the major religions of the world. However, the author and narrator Huston Smith was horrible choice to use. I'm not sure if it is because this is a lecture and not really a book or that no one else would do it, but his slow speech and low voice make this a very difficult listen. If you get this I would recommend listening to it at 2x the speed.

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  • Elias Rademacher
  • 17/05/2020

Lovely

Huston Smith states from the outset that he is not trying present a balanced view of the world's religions. His goal is to present the best parts from each tradition. He acknowledges that the religions have played a part in injustice over the millenia, but he does not go into this. I agree with him that there is enough work out there already pointing out the snares and failings of religion. For this listener, Huston Smith definitely achieved what he set out to do - this book has imparted to me a much deeper appreciation for each of these religions and a sense of wonder at the Divine and the mystery of life. And I feel like I have a better understanding of the people who practice these religions. I love the format - that this is not an "audio book" per se, but more of a series of recorded lectures. Huston Smith's endearing personality and mannerisms really come out. And he includes plenty of anecdotes from his life, which were entertaining and enlightening.

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  • NET
  • 04/05/2020

Material Great Narration Poor

Huston Smith's explanations, concepts, thoughts and observations are great.  He has a wonderful grasp of the subject and understands the nuances and points them out. His narration is one of the worst I have encountered on an Audible recording. He doesn't do justice to his own audio book.. I enjoyed this audio book in spite of Huston Smith's narration not because of it. I understand these are a series of lectures.  It would do this course more justice if it was transcribed and narrated by a professional narrator.