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Huston Smith was the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Syracuse University. He held appointments at Washington University, MIT, and UC Berkeley, and worked with and learned from many of the most well-regarded religious leaders and thinkers the world over. His universally recognized The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions has sold over two million copies, carrying with it a sympathetic inquiry into the wisdom traditions associated with the most widely practiced contemporary religions. His fourteen books, as well as myriad public lectures, recordings, and essays each bring to the consideration of belief and religious philosophy a spirit of respectful but thoroughgoing inquiry which allows curiosity to bring faith and ignorance into an honest and respectful relationship with the hope of enlivening human experience and the capacity to love with deep compassion.


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Professor Smith passed away on December 30, 2016. Culturesmith is curated by Dr. Brandon WilliamsCraig, who was a protégé of Professor Smith's. If you'd like to know more about how they know each other, and explore the places their interests overlap, please visit the page "Huston Smith and Brandon Williamscraig". All other materials available on this site which have to do with Professor Smith's work are collected below.




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