Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published According to Muslim theologians, although events are pre-ordained, man possesses his own free will in that he has the faculty to choose between right and wrong, and is thus responsible for his actions. Kant demystifies the Christian doctrine of original sin. Eliot) on Eastern religions and their influence upon Western thinkers. Buy this book for your own library - you will want to refer to it over and over. Excellent synopsis of the modern world's major religions. This is a classic in the study of world religions! This book should be required reading in every high school around the country. The Religion of Man by Rabindranath Tagore. All else, while not silenced, becomes subdued and thrown without contest into a supporting role.". In Indian philosophy: 19th- and 20th-century philosophy in India and Pakistan. Original 1958 Title, The Religions of Man (a seperate LT work). Here are some quotations from the book, that I found interesting: The divine principle of unity has ever been that of an inner relationship. Huston Smith makes the difficult concepts of world religions easy to understand. I. I found this book - published in the 1950s - on a shelf at the back of the school library. Tagore is unequivocal in his faith. That version of the book is no longer in print; there's an updated version under the title "The World Religions." Written not only by an obviously enlightened person - written by a poet and a true humanitarian. I'm fortunate to have traveled with him as part of a large group in 1984. Do not be dissuaded because it is an "old" book. I show the date-started & the date-ended 2009-2016 because I keep re-reading part of this terrific book. This was assigned reading either in high school or in the first year of college. It was one of Marx's first attempts to develop what would later be called the materialist conception of history.. Tagore pursues this theme through endless variations. It is easy to read. Why is this book so wonderful? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A wonderful introduction to the different religions of mankind. However, some of the author's information about my religion was incorrect. The jinn are endowed with reason and responsibility but are more prone to evil than man. They all are similar in that they believe in a single god, but the nature of that god is very different, ranging from a sort of animism, to worship of an ancient hero, to worship of the sun or moon, to belief in a single omnipotent, ineffable god. I wouldn't be surprised if it were still being used as a survey. (p. 3,4), The individual man must exist for Man the great, and must express him in disinterested works, in science and philosophy, in literature and arts, in service and worship. Huston Smith did this work from the mid-20th century and dedicated his life to teaching about the "wisdom traditions" of. Does a great job of showing the similarities of religions without coming off as hokey or new agey. by The New American Library. However, this is not that book. These owners embraced he Christian religion, as it provided a way in which to subdue slaves into submission. (p. 53, 54), If a foolish blackbird did not know how to seek its food, to build its nest, or to avoid its enemies, but specialized in singing, its fellow creatures, urged by their own science of genetics, would dutifully allow it to starve and perish. Author Huston Smith discusses each religion not by breaking down its practices and specifics. Author Huston Smith discusses each religion not by breaking down its practices and specifics. ... man and jinn. This book should be required reading in every high school around the country. Science and Religion in the 19th Century - by Cosslett January 1984. Smith compiled his book with the thought that he would present each current major religion from the perspective of how & why a person would love: the Jewish faith or Islam, or Shinto, or Christianity, etc. The Religions of Man is a thoroughly researched, informative, fascinating presentation of both the differences and the similarities in the major religious traditions. CLASSIC BOOK! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The most perfect inward expression has been attained by man in his own body. A profound, moving and eloquent set of essays from this great trans-disciplinary thinker and feeler of the spiritual essence in man, as it informs the process of Religion (very broadly) in society. His summation of each faith is the very best you can find in a 1 volume read. Why is this book so wonderful? He is one of the great, rare souls to humbly live as he seeks, to pray and hope for all of humanity, every day, in all ways. To see what your friends thought of this book, It is amazing to me, whatever an individuals outlook on the effects or benefits thereof, how many people do not even take the time to grasp a basic understanding of the world's major religions. This is not a history book about world religions but a brief run on the tenets of each belief and its structure. I found this book - published in the 1950s - on a shelf at the back of the school library. Still refer to it when I'm baffled by some aspect of a faith tradition with which I am unfamiliar. As the author writes in the first chapter, "This is a book about religion that exists...not as a dull habit but as an acute fever. "On the Jewish Question" is a work by Karl Marx, written in 1843, and first published in Paris in 1844 under the German title "Zur Judenfrage" in the Deutsch–Französische Jahrbücher. Before reading this, I knew very little about the fundamental beliefs of Hinduism, other than what had filtered through in my readings of Alan Watts. Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, pt. And whenever religion comes to life it displays a startling quality; it takes over. Religion is indeed the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself or has already lost himself again. The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. *Each of these religions has sects with differing beliefs. C. S. Lewis and the Religion of Science By Christopher O. Blum A review of The Restoration of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Continuing Case against Scientism , … I recently read some parts of the book “The Religion of Man” by Rabindranath Tagore. This is a very old book indeed. I've used this book to prepare lecture material for Adult Continuing Education classes. After 9-11, I was grateful to have this book on my shelf. Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. For those people who wish to try and understand as opposed to merely criticize. The Essence of Christianity is a book written by German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–1872) in 1841. The reader is begins to see the beauty in each faith. It made me want to learn more. He quotes extensively from the Upanishads and the folk songs of the Bauls. Instead, he simply lays out the basic tenets of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Catholicism for the. Several people have written books about the world's religions. A brief conversation between him and Albert Einstein, "Note … The World’s Famous Orations. In today's world we all need to know more about other cultures. Sixty-eight years later, in the spring of 1735, Charles Wesley (1707-1788), whose mother Susanna had commended it to her sons, gave a copy of this little book to his friend George Whitefield (1714-1770). The man is praised or blamed only according to his use of his free will. Worth the time to read. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary. Practical Philosophy and Rational Religion, கீதையின் செய்தி – Message of Gita (Tamil), Introduction to Bhagavad Gita – based on Sankara’s Introduction, Bhagavad Gita Summary (Swami Tapasyananda), Drupal as a Web Application Development framework, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, Deciding between Right and Wrong according to Bhagavad Gita, Swami Vivekananda's Call to the Youth of India, Comparing Hindu and Christian After-life Concepts, Panca Kosha Viveka - Analysis of the Five Sheaths, Panca Kosha Viveka – Analysis of the Five Sheaths. The book further reinforced my observation that Hinduism is nothing but Spiritual Humanism packaged in a form that can be practiced by the masses. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 'The Religions of Man' is the seminal work in the scholarship of world spiritual traditions, by the eminent and beloved Huston Smith, who was born to a Christian Missionary family in China and raised among books and humanity to embody a life of nearly a century questing for the meaning of our souls, hearts, and language of seeking, of faith, and of shared purpose. “And religion sought the highest value of man’s existence in itself.” “Nothing is greater than the Person.” I think I can see no particular reason to put human higher in value than any other bit of existence from man, a planet, a roach, a warm breeze or an icy sleet. Smith compiled his book with the thought that he would present each current major religion from the perspective of how & why a person would love: the Jewish faith or Islam, or Shinto, or Christianity, etc. I believe that his intention is to help bring people together through exposure to others belief systems. This was a great textbook written by someone who really had a deep respect and comprehensive knowledge of all religions. Written by Huston Smith who was a professor of Philosophy at MIT. The unity becomes not a mere subjective idea, but an energizing truth. The central confrontation between the grandmother and The Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" revolves around Jesus. (p. 11), It is said in a verse of the Upanishad that this world which is all movement is pervaded by one supreme unity, and therefore true enjoyment can never be had through the satisfaction of greed, but only through the surrender of our individual self to the Universal Self. A Brahmo playwright and poet of global renown, Tagore deals with largely universal themes of God, divine experience, illumination, and spirituality. He has been building up elaborate religions to convince himself, against his natural inclinations, of the paradox that he is not what he is but something greater. It starts with Chapter One Point of Departure and ended with Chapter Nine- A Final Examination. Huston Smith did this work from the mid-20th century and dedicated his life to teaching about the "wisdom traditions" of the world. Written by Huston Smith who was a professor of Philosophy at MIT. That version of the book is no longer in print; there's an updated version under the title "The World Religions." When we help others, we help Christ.Matthew 25:40 A thorough and academic overview of the seven world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity). Easy to understand. In his Religion of Man, Tagore sought to give a philosophy of man in which human nature is characterized by a concept of surplus energy that finds expression in creative art. Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton is a wide-ranging study of the Muslim religion from a unique point of view. I recently read some parts of the book “The Religion of Man” by Rabindranath Tagore. I found the sections on Hinduism and Islam to be the most interesting. His first religion is Hinduism because of his natural love of its spirituality and beauty. I thought it was really interesting and I wholly recommend this to every person out there. One of the most useful books I've ever read. Highly recommended. The last chapter on Christianity read more like a thoughtful essay than a breakdown of the religion, maybe because he assumes most people are familiar with the basics. In many of these sacred texts, for instance, makes references to the Virgin Mary. Required fields are marked *. Man was created from clay and jinn was created from fire. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary conducted at Harvard University. It's much about philosophy, spiritual and non-spiritual, than the cut-and-dry religion any standard book would provide. It was first published in 1958 by Harper & Row. Religion was an ingenious solution to many of mankind's earliest fears and needs. The author, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service, was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book (commissioned by T.S. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. (1761–1837). People of Samaria, an area sandwiched between Galilee to the north and Judea to the south, were hated by Jews because they intermarried with non-Jews and did not strictly observe Mosaic law. The French Constitution hath abolished or renounced toleration, and intolerance also, and hath established UNIVERSAL RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE.. Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is about religion alive. Religion is now implausible to many, but the needs remain. Leaves the reader with a humble appreciation of a spiritual quest. Summary. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I knew more of Islam, having read some of the Koran. The Religion of Man is a 1931 compilation of lectures by Rabindranath Tagore, edited by him and drawn largely from his Hibbert Lectures given at Oxford University in May 1930. It provided insight into the "real" beliefs of a majority of Muslims in the world today. It probably fed my inclination to borrow ideas that seemed useful rather than adopting a single belief system. Man must always be a music-maker and dreamer of dreams; he must never lose, in his material quests, his longing for the touch of the divine. The book is laid out, one religion per chapter. Previously unfamiliar religions are revealed to the reader in surprising depth, from obviously extensive research. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. And it is in this realm of freedom that he realizes his divine dignity, his great human truth, and is pleased when I as a poet sing victory to him, to Man the self-revealer, who goes on exploring ages of creation to find himself in perfection. There has never been a better primer for understanding the complexities of human religion. The Fall of Man: Bible Story Summary . This dissertation explores the literary presentation of West African diaspora spirituality and religion, looking at the subjugation of obeah in particular, and inspecting its relationship with whiteness, colonialism, Christianity, and the black He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. Posted on January 4, 2016 by gokulmuthu. Both are despotisms. "There are many roads to the Mountain Top" This is the premise as Huston Smith explores the World's great religeons. Dr. Huston Smith is an expert on the history, content, and sociological impact of religions throughout history. A Brahmo playwright and poet of global renown, Tagore deals with the universal themes of God, divine experience, illumination, and spirituality. This is one of the best introductions to world religions. Great intoduction to major world religions. As the author writes in the first chapter, "This is a, Here is a unique study of the world's great religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. I show the date-started & the date-ended 2009-2016 because I keep re-reading part of this terrific book. The Sanskrit root of the word Buddha literally means, "to wake up and know" (p. 82). The effect this wonderful book had on this agnostic, is that it opened a large bright window of curiosity and led me to further reading on religions that I am not exposed to very much in the cultural zeitgeist of the U.S. Refresh and try again. The book further reinforced my observation that Hinduism is nothing but Spiritual Humanism packaged in a form that can be practiced by the masses. 1963 This is revealed in some of its earliest stages in the evolution of multicellular life on this planet. "The true Vedantic spirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas…. It explains in very simplistic terms the basic beliefs of each religion and it amazes me how similar they are. Thank you, Dr. Smith, for helping me to take off my horse-blinders and step into a larger world of knowledge and understanding. Summary . 1. He does not take a stand. He has a tremendous gift for taking incredibly byzantine, baroque levels of information and deriving the kernel of meaning; without losing any information. Houston Smith covers this very broad topic of religion in a very understandable and concise way that often makes it easier for the reader to grasp. 'The Religions of Man' is the seminal work in the scholarship of world spiritual traditions, by the eminent and beloved Huston Smith, who was born to a Christian Missionary family in China and raised among books and humanity to embody a life of nearly a century questing for the meaning of our souls, hearts, and language of seeking, of faith, and of shared purpose. Wonderfully written. He quotes extensively from the Upanishads and the folk songs of the Bauls. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. It's much about philosophy, spiritual and non-spiritual, than the cut-and-dry religion any standard book would provide. Instead, he gets at the soul of the religion. Red Jacket on the Religion of the White Man and the Red Red Jacket (c.1758–1830) (1805) * Dillingham’s essay on “The Lightning-Rod Man” was published in Melville’s Short Fiction, 1853–1856 (1977), pages 168–82. Personal religion — man's intuitive grasp of his relationship with God — is full of warmth, vitality, and significance, and is experienced in the here and now. It's a quick paperback introduction to the basic tenets of the world's largest religions so I don't think most of the content has become invalidated by the passage of a few years. In this ideal of unity he realizes the eternal in his life and the boundless in his love. I haven't actually finished this book yet, but I've been fascinated by the chapters I've read so far. Copyright, 1958. Later he finds himself in a Catholic church, where he falls in love with the story of Christ. (p. 4,5), Creation has been made possible through the continual self-surrender of the unit to the universe. We need a way to help our children understand the spiritual traditions of the world. ; Jesus gave the word "neighbor" a new meaning: anyone in need. Points of Interest from the Story . Tagore stresses that his understanding of the Religion of Man came to him through his personal experience of the holy, not from knowledge gathered or through any process of philosophical reasoning. 'The Religions of Man' is the seminal work in the scholarship of world spiritual traditions, by the eminent and beloved Huston Smith, who was born to a Christian Missionary family in China and raised among books and humanity to embody a life of nearly a century questing for the meaning of our souls, hearts, and language of seeking, of faith, and of shared purpose. (p. 11, on Isha Upanishad verse 1), Man has taken centuries to discuss the question of his own true nature and has not yet come to a conclusion. 1791 Life 6:101--6 . America: I. God created Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman, and placed them in a perfect home, the Garden of Eden. It ever waits to be revealed in our history in a more and more perfect illumination. If we are in a "global" time, then we need to open ourselves not only to the "markets" of the world's people, but to the spiritual beliefs and wisdom traditions, the customs and the practices of the world's people. anyone interested in comparative religion. His summation of each faith is the very best you can find in a 1 volume read. This is a very old book indeed. The grandmother brings up praying to Jesus in the hope that she can induce The Misfit to spare her life by appealing to his religious sense. The ending explains how Jesus' teaching differs from the major religions. I was privileged to be a graduate student mentored by Huston Smith in his last period of revising the book to engage humanity during. He misses himself when he is isolated; he finds his own larger and truer self in his wide human relationship. There is a brief description of each, their view of God, and what a person can gain from that religion. Buy this book for your own library - you will. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 19441947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 19581973. Long ago, Huston Smith was content with describing religions in a non-judgmental way. He now lives in the Berkeley, CA area where he is Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Start by marking “The Religions of Man” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It is amazing to me, whatever an individuals outlook on the effects or benefits thereof, how many people do not even take the time to grasp a basic understanding of the world's major religions. We’d love your help. A number of religions exist in Utopia. Tales of Wonder. – Romain Rolland (French Nobel Laureate). The description given here focuses on the core beliefs of each religion. Instead, he simply lays out the basic tenets of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Catholicism for the purpose of establishing a baseline of understanding so people can have an "informed" discussion about comparative religion. Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography by Huston Smith with Jeffery Paine.. The only commandment in the Religion of Man is that the individual who has realized the Divine Truth accept his or her responsibility to communicate this truth in word and deed to others. His great distinction dwells in the indefinite margin of life in him which affords a boundless background for his dreams and creations. According to Islamic tradition, all decrees of God are written in al-Lawh al-MahfÅ«z, the "Preserved Tablet". Chapter III, Buddhism, "The Man Who Woke Up," Summary and Analysis When bewildered people approached Buddha, asking him who he was, his answer was, "I am awake". (p. 127,128), Your email address will not be published. And the spiritual universe of Man is also ever claiming self-renunciation from the individual unit. A Short Summary of Islamic Beliefs and Eschatology. In his lectures on Nationalism, Tagore placed the concept of society above that of the modern…. The short classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man originated as a private letter of spiritual counsel to a friend, but Scougal allowed it to be published in 1677, a year before his death. It was very well well-written and seemed to be fairly-presented. Here is a unique study of the world's great religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Still have my copy from High School. That I am not treated in a similar fashion is the evidence of an immense difference between the animal existence and the civilization of man. He then moved to Syracuse University where he was Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 1983 and current emeritus status. ... , since the time the religion arrived with West African slaves. The individual's religious understanding — his "insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul" — constitutes a grasp of universal absolutes that transcend time, space, and temporal circumstance. This is his religion, which is working in the heart of all his religions in various names and forms. Prof. Smith's, The Religions of Man, opens up through Comparative Religion an opportunity to see the greats faiths of this globe in ways that engage and show respect and honor to all people. Therefore, the Buddha is the "enlightened one", or the "awakened one". Amendment I (Religion) Document 57. Dr. Smith is tremendous! highly recommend it to any one - for learning AND for pleasure, for it really is a mesmerizing writing, See 1 question about The Religions of Man…, Readers’ Top Histories and Biographies of the Last 5 Years. The reader is begins to see the beauty in each faith. The main theme of The Religion of Man is the divinity of humanity and the humanity of God. The Religion of Man. Instead, he gets at the soul of the religion. 1906. Man is the world of man, state, society. He does not take a stand. Smith was a well-known professor of religious studies, and he wrote this book as a teaching aid. It is not a history; it is not a critique. Chapter VIII: The Music Maker It is often said that the mark of a great, not good, but great piece of writing is that after reading it, you never see the world the same way again. This is a rather old book, comparatively speaking. Read More. Instead it explains, simply and sympathetically, the basic tenets of each religion and the reasons why it attracts millions of devout followers. It is a decent introduction and overview of the world's religions. The medicine man, a person who was in charge of providing cures for ailing followers, was more of a creator of voodoo. While the role of the chief disappeared, there remained a different, but equally important figurehead: the medicine man. This opened my eyes to other ways to view spirituality. However, this is not that book. Summary and Analysis Chapters 16–32: Religion Summary. Amazing comparative religion book. The notoriety of this work is well deserved. He does not claim to have covered all aspects of all religions, instead he just wants to build a small yet valid foundation, for those individuals interested in such an explosive and insidious topic. Revised 1991 Edition, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions. 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