The World's Religions

Huston Smith

The world is spotted with several different faiths. Explore each of these, and how they interconnect, with this comprehensive atlas of world religions.


Product Description

The World’s Religions, by one of the most esteemed religious authorities in Academia, Huston Smith, is perhaps the best-written primer on the religions of the world in human history. This bestselling book has been in print for more than 50 years, and this revised and updated edition of the masterpiece includes a new foreword and even deeper explanation of the world’s predominant faiths.

Inside, you’ll find clear, well-written descriptions of several religious traditions, including Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and even some of the faiths practiced by the Native people of the Americas, Africa, and Australia. For years, scholars and critics have pointed to Smith’s book as the quintessential guide to human religion - the only one that truly captures the spirit of every faith explored.

By emphasizing the deeper aspects of these faiths, Smith is able to give readers not just a glimpse into another worldview, but true insight into how people around the planet think about and perceive life through their spiritual lenses.

User reviews

I Wish this Could Have Been One of My College Textbooks

By Bryan Booth, San Francisco, CA

A masterpiece of religious writing, this book is much more than just a reference to all of the world's religions. The World's Religions is a clear, concise, and fun read, which already makes it better than all of the religious textbooks I've read in the past. I've always been curious about the history and basic ideas behind many of the worlds major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. This book has cleared it all up for me! As an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, I feel like it is my duty to be well informed of various types of spiritual and religious practices. This book is perfect for anyone looking for a crash course on many of the major world religions.