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by Huston Smith

ISBN: 006079478X
ISBN13: 978-0060794781
Language: English
Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (September 6, 2005)
Pages: 208
Category: World
Subategory: History

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The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition. In his most personal and passionate book on the spiritual life, renowned author, scholar, and teacher of world religions Huston Smith turns to his own life-long religion, Christianity

The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition. In his most personal and passionate book on the spiritual life, renowned author, scholar, and teacher of world religions Huston Smith turns to his own life-long religion, Christianity. With stories and personal anecdotes, Smith not only presents the basic beliefs and essential teachings of Christianity, but argues why religious belief matters in today's secular world.

The Soul of Christianity book. In an interview with HarperSanFrancisco, Huston Smith says he wrote The Soul of Christianity in response to his friend and former pupil’s book: Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity. Smith accused Borg of having given up too much to Modernism. We could imagine he means Borg’s tendency to discount many of the miraculous stories in both the Old and New Testaments. A self-proclaimed universalist, Smith actually accuses Borg of being too liberal.

Huston Smith is the wisest, sanest religious scholar of them all, and so wonderfully readable. I read this book while at a crossroads about Christianity. Smith's views on the possibilities of this religion were hopeful and refreshing

Huston Smith is the wisest, sanest religious scholar of them all, and so wonderfully readable. Anne Lamott, author of Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith). Smith's views on the possibilities of this religion were hopeful and refreshing.

This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity .

This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by many contemporary churchgoers.

The Great Tradition is Faith Itself. com User, July 6, 2006.

book by Huston Smith. The Great Tradition is Faith Itself. The Soul of Christianity, Restoring the Great Tradition is renowned author, scholar, and teacher of world religions Huston Smith's distillation of the Christian message as the source of Truth from which all meaning in life is derived.

religions and philosophy, and his book The World's Religions (originally titled The .

religions and philosophy, and his book The World's Religions (originally titled The Religions of Man) sold over three million copies as of 2017 and remains a popular introduction to comparative religion. The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition, 2005, HarperOne, 1st ed. ISBN 0-06-079478-X. A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom, 2006, University of California Press

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Huston Smith, dean of world religions, presents the essential teachings of Christianity, and, for the first time, his own profound Christian faith and convictions. Categories: Religion. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Huston Smith, the author of the classic bestseller The World's Religions, delivers a passionate, timely message: The human spirit is being suffocated by the dominant . The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition.

Huston Smith, the author of the classic bestseller The World's Religions, delivers a passionate, timely message: The human spirit is being suffocated by the dominant materialistic worldview of our times. Smith champions a society in which religion is once. Buddhism: A Concise Introduction. by Huston Smith · Philip Novak. I have tried to describe a Christianity which is fully compatible with everything we now know, and to indicate why Christians feel privileged to give their lives to i. -Huston SmithIn his most personal and passionate book on the spiritual life, renown.

"I have tried to describe a Christianity which is fully compatible with everything we now know, and to indicate why Christians feel privileged to give their lives to it."—Huston Smith

In his most personal and passionate book on the spiritual life, renowned author, scholar, and teacher of world religions Huston Smith turns to his own life-long religion, Christianity. With stories and personal anecdotes, Smith not only presents the basic beliefs and essential teachings of Christianity, but argues why religious belief matters in today's secular world.

Though there is a wide variety of contemporary interpretations of Christianity—some of them conflicting—Smith cuts through these to describe Christianity's "Great Tradition," the common faith of the first millennium of believers, which is the trunk of the tree from which Christianity's many branches, twigs, and leaves have grown. This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by many contemporary churchgoers. In exposing biblical literalism as unworkable as well as enumerating the mistakes of modern secularists, Smith presents the very soul of a real and substantive faith, one still relevant and worth believing in.

Smith rails against the hijacked Christianity of politicians who exploit it for their own needs. He decries the exercise of business that widens the gap between rich and poor, and fears education has lost its sense of direction. For Smith, the media has become a business that sensationalizes news rather than broadening our understanding, and art and music have become commercial and shocking rather than enlightening. Smith reserves his harshest condemnation, however, for secular modernity, which has stemmed from the misreading of science—the mistake of assuming that "absence of evidence" of a scientific nature is "evidence of absence." These mistakes have all but banished faith in transcendence and the Divine from mainstream culture and pushed it to the margins.

Though the situation is grave, these modern misapprehensions can be corrected, says Smith, by reexamining the great tradition of Christianity's first millennium and reaping the lessons it holds for us today. This fresh examination of the Christian worldview, its history, and its major branches provides the deepest, most authentic vision of Christianity—one that is both tolerant and substantial, traditional and relevant.

Comments:
Adrierdin
I learned a great deal from this book.

Smith accurately points out that human beings are hard-wired for transcendence.

That is what we yearn for instinctively.

Smith also writes that liberal churches often don't offer transcendence. Instead they offer rallying cries to be good, which ultimately doesn't satisfy. And as a result of this approach many liberal churches are digging their own graves.

We need a radically theistic world-view, which is the legacy of the Christian Mystics.

An emphasis on justice is essential, yet without a theistic world view at the center, we miss the mark.

-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide)

Danial
An outstanding review of the core strengths of Christianity and the ways cultural developments in the 20th and early 21st centuries have impacted Christianity. It is clarifying to read a synthesis from a longtime dedicated Christian who is also the most sympathetic and knowledgeable student of all the major world faiths.

Steel_Blade
I bought this book after reading Huston Smith's Why Religion Matters.

I was less impressed by this book than than Why Religion Matters, but that may have just been because I read it first and it was just so spectacularly amazing.

This was a more dense read. I had to read slowly, especially in part 1; parts 2 and 3 lightened up considerably.

I have learned quite a bit about Christianity from this book. It is a good, level-headed report that doesn't shrink from controversy, but rather reports it even-handedly where it matters and ignores it where it doesn't.

I heartily endorse it.

It is Mere Christianity for the 21st century, I'd say.

Wild Python
I haven't made up my mind., some of it was very informative but i wouldn't say it depicted the soul of Christianity to me. I've had to read several parts again.I can't say I understood it or some of his ideas.. His acceptance of some of the creeds turned me off . I prefer Borg.

Vit
This book summarizes Christian beliefs. If you are aChristian you might pick up a few bits of new information.

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I read this book while at a crossroads about Christianity. Smith's views on the possibilities of this religion were hopeful and refreshing. The first chapter, which listed the beliefs of Christians was a little dry. Chapter 2, which focused on the Christian Story, was my favorite. Chapter 3 was a thoughtful history of the religion. Smith was passionate and knowledgeable without being "preachy". The bottom line, "The Soul of Christianity" reminded why I am a Christian. A good read, especially if you need a reminder.

Joony
Simply enjoy Huston Smith's thoughtful reflections ...

This book was good but no where near as good as his book on World Religions. Much of the material was redundant to the material on Christianity in his World Religions book which was one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

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