The Illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

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Retaining all the beloved qualities of Huston Smith's classic The Religions of Man and the current fully revised and updated The World's Religions, this stunning pictorial presentation refines the text to its wonderful essentials. In detailed, absorbing, richly illustrated, and highly readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions. The approach is at once classic and contemporary, retaining all the empathy, eloquence and erudition that millions of readers love about the earlier editions, while being edited and designed for a contemporary general readership. This delightful marriage of winsome text and remarkable pictures vividly brings to life the scope and vision of Huston Smith's expertise and insight.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st HarperCollins Pbk. Ed edition (August 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060674407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060674403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Difficult, but fulfilling read

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 15, 2010
By T-Bone
I purchased this book by Huston Smith for my world religions class. It does not read like a classic “text” book. This may please you, or it may drive you crazy. Mr. Smith has a very compact way of writing. He fits his descriptions into as little space as possible and uses a lot of little-known words. However, he has a very magical sense about him that just begs to be quoted. If you prefer a traditional text book, this book is not for you. I enjoyed reading it but couldn’t help more than a few times to feel like I was missing out on a lot of information in the name of brevity and eloquence. I’d like to give this book a 3.5-star rating, but that’s not a choice. 3 is unfair, so I chose 4 mainly because it’s very inexpensive and that’s good for us college students.

I ended up using this a guide for 3 of my other classes and I love how it summarizes the religions quite well

One person found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Bought this a few years ago, and can I just say that I never finished a religion textbook before than this. I ended up using this a guide for 3 of my other classes and I love how it summarizes the religions quite well.

Basic introdction to the world religions

13 people found this helpful.
 on August 2, 2005
By Terry E. Stanley
The book is a good basic introduction to the world relgions covered. Its dealing with the fundamental beliefs and practices of the faiths covered is clear, concise, well organized, and well thought out. One draw back for the person looking for more detail is that it isn’t there. But this is not an effort to be comprehensive. It can serve to open your eyes and your mind to the positives of each faith and launch you on the road to furthud study. The pictures are nice. They do give a feel for the lifestyles of those who live the faiths. But there is no real tie in to the text as interesting as they are. I would recommend this book as a beginning reader to comparative religious thought and a basic introduction to the religions of the world.

Worth the read

 on April 6, 2017
By Mohammad Imashat
This book is written very well and is superb at giving you the beside of every major religion. I think if people took the time to read things like this and understand each other the world would be a better place.

Five Stars

 on August 28, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Very good.

Four Stars

 on July 7, 2017
By mcayala
Very interesting book that explains the different rituals and religions of the world.

A beautifully written and insightful account of humanity’s struggle to know …

 on April 1, 2017
By Tim L.
If you have any interest in faith, religion and humanity– this is the one book you should read. A beautifully written and insightful account of humanity’s struggle to know itself.

Good addition to my library

 on April 24, 2017
By Robert A. MacDicken
Interesting take on Smith’s classic. I did not really learn any more, but it is nice to have.

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