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This classic companion to The World's Religions articulates the remarkable unity that underlies the world's religious traditions This classic companion to The World's Religions articulates the remarkable unity that underlies the world's religious traditions


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This classic companion to The World's Religions articulates the remarkable unity that underlies the world's religious traditions This classic companion to The World's Religions articulates the remarkable unity that underlies the world's religious traditions

30 review for Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Magnus Itland

    Even this book is not beach reading. You should have an interest in religions beyond your own denomination, if any, or in understanding how thinkers of the past used to see the world. You will be hard pressed to find a clearer and more readable explanation of the common framework for the great religions of the world. Other traditionalists tend to write a dense prose, expecting the student to be desperate to learn the Truth and well versed in mystical theory and practice. Huston Smith draws on his Even this book is not beach reading. You should have an interest in religions beyond your own denomination, if any, or in understanding how thinkers of the past used to see the world. You will be hard pressed to find a clearer and more readable explanation of the common framework for the great religions of the world. Other traditionalists tend to write a dense prose, expecting the student to be desperate to learn the Truth and well versed in mystical theory and practice. Huston Smith draws on his experience as an educator to try to make the topic more accessible. It will probably still not make sense to a large number of people, simply because the topic is unfamiliar and they may want (or be told) to disbelieve it. Smith uses a friendly, rational tone to make the reader consider and understand the topic regardless of whether one will ultimately let it influence one's own religious faith and practice (or lack thereof). It seems strange that religions that are usually thought to be in conflict, actually have a lot of common ground in their underlying worldview. It is as if the same rough sketch of the invisible world has emerged again and again in different ages and on different continents. Perhaps it was once the commonly accepted view of the world, as Smith seems to believe. Or perhaps it was actually only ever perceived by a small minority, but this minority included the great lights that lit up those religions that have lasted (with some changes) into our age.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    "Itself occupying no more than a single ontological plane, science challenged by implication the notion that other planes exist. As its challenge was not effectively met, it swept the field and gave the modern world its soul. For this is the final definition of modernity: an outlook in which this world, this ontological plane, is the only one that is genuinely countenanced and affirmed." Smith challenges this "modern" outlook with brilliance, wisdom, and style. Read it. "Itself occupying no more than a single ontological plane, science challenged by implication the notion that other planes exist. As its challenge was not effectively met, it swept the field and gave the modern world its soul. For this is the final definition of modernity: an outlook in which this world, this ontological plane, is the only one that is genuinely countenanced and affirmed." Smith challenges this "modern" outlook with brilliance, wisdom, and style. Read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    kelly

    includes a "treatment of the contrast between the modern worldview and the worldview of virtually every other culture in history" (Marcus Borg) includes a "treatment of the contrast between the modern worldview and the worldview of virtually every other culture in history" (Marcus Borg)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kahfi Ananda

    Buku klasik ini bisa dibilang sebagai bahan perbandingan dari modernitas yang sangat menagung-agungkan kemajuan sains modern, pada dasarnya sang penulis dalam buku ini berusaha menyampaikan cara pandang mengenai alam semesta yang perlu dilihat berdasarkan banyak sudut pandang. Tidak terpaku pada angka, dalam beberapa hal dunia tidak bisa dijelaskan secara kuantitatif. Pada dasarnya, buku ini sangat teologis dan psikologis sekali berdasarkan semua bahasan yang disajikan oleh penulis. Secara garis Buku klasik ini bisa dibilang sebagai bahan perbandingan dari modernitas yang sangat menagung-agungkan kemajuan sains modern, pada dasarnya sang penulis dalam buku ini berusaha menyampaikan cara pandang mengenai alam semesta yang perlu dilihat berdasarkan banyak sudut pandang. Tidak terpaku pada angka, dalam beberapa hal dunia tidak bisa dijelaskan secara kuantitatif. Pada dasarnya, buku ini sangat teologis dan psikologis sekali berdasarkan semua bahasan yang disajikan oleh penulis. Secara garis besar sangatlah baik namun buku ini sangat tidak cocok bagi seseorang yang sangat menggembor-gemborkan rasionalitas.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hugo Rozo Pineda

    ¿Quieres encontrar un libro que te permita hacer una bella y clara síntesis de las religiones del mundo, donde te explica los niveles de realidad, niveles del ser y te abre un panorama donde el reduccionismo positivista no puede explicar? este es el libro indicado para iniciarse o reiniciarse a una lectura más seria en teología comparada. A mi parecer, todo, todo el libro es una joya pero fue un gran placer tanto el primero como el último capítulo.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sierra The Book Addict

    This is a complicated book on religion with bits of mantra physics in it, but very dense and hard to understand at times. If this was not for Uni I wouldn’t read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wylie

    The foundation of Wilbur's "integral" ideas was written by Huston Smith in this humble masterpiece. The foundation of Wilbur's "integral" ideas was written by Huston Smith in this humble masterpiece.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vegan Viajo

    Second fav book by him that shows we're all connected! Beautiful! Look at similarities not differences Second fav book by him that shows we're all connected! Beautiful! Look at similarities not differences

  9. 4 out of 5

    Will Dewey

    grandma recommended this book to me. Interesting thesis, but I don't know if you can really boil down the world's religions into Platonism grandma recommended this book to me. Interesting thesis, but I don't know if you can really boil down the world's religions into Platonism

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    I don't think I understood everything in this book. I wish that I had. I don't think I understood everything in this book. I wish that I had.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A great book, lots of good info here. Well thought out and presented.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim Myers

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roger Tribble

  14. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Blaine

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Frodsham

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shashank

  24. 4 out of 5

    Larry Jines

  25. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hunt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brady

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rick Barrett

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hurt

  30. 5 out of 5

    NICK

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