• 9780824506391
Ninian Smart (Author)

Sacred Texts of the World

A Universal Anthology
  • Imprint: Herder & Herder
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  • Title: Sacred Texts of the World
  • Subtitle: A Universal Anthology
  • Page Count: 426
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824506391)
  • Edition: Trade Paper
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Trade-paper (44.95)
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  • Retail Canada: 49.95

Ninian Smart (Author)

Professor Ninian Smart was J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the founding professor of the first major department of religious studies in England at Lancaster University. He published 32 books, both technical and popular, addressing the history of religions, Indian philosophy, philosophy of religion, methodology and theory, religious dialogue, education, politics, and Christian thought.

  1. “A well-annotated, impartial anthology of key texts from world religions—including the primitive, ancient, and esoteric alongside the living faiths of both Western and Eastern cultures . . . The excerpts are grouped by faiths and subclassified by type: sacred narratives, doctrines, rituals, institutional expressions, experience, and ethics . . . There are good bibliographies at the end of each section.”
    --A.L.A. Booklist
  2. “Distinctive in selecting excerpts not only from classic religious texts but also from those of long-dead faiths (Greek, Egyptian, etc.) from ‘small-scale traditional religions’ (American Indian, Polynesian), from new religious bodies (Mormon, Moonie) and from secular world views (Bertrand Russell, Marx, U.N. charter preamble). Religions with sections all their own are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and Sikhism.”
    --Los Angeles Times

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