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Huston Smith. 1 hour 18 minutes. Audio Download.
Topics: Religion and Spirituality.
On the Viability of Soul in Contemporary Organized Religion
The world's great religions have sprung from profound, living experiences of the numinous or divine and have sought to transmit that experience to their faithful. But with administrative organization, theological interpretation, dogma and ritualization, experience of the numinous is more mediated than direct, and that which nurtures the soul can dry up and disappear. Renowned religion scholar Huston Smith explores the roots of soul in the numinous experience and examines the soul's viability in the soil of contemporary organized religion. He also discusses the role science has played in shaping Western concepts of soul.
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Huston Smith was largely responsible for introducing Eastern religion to Americans with his 1950s TV series, The Religions of Man, which led to his classic textbook, The World's Religions. He was born in 1919 in China to missionary parents and planned to continue in their footsteps as a missionary - but while in college in the U.S., he was exposed to mysticism and was introduced to Gerald Heard, Aldous Huxley, and Vedanta, which changed the direction of his life. Huston helped get the Dalai Lama to the U.S. and also helped the Native American Church get legal status for their sacred peyote rites. In 1996 Bill Moyers produced a 5-part PBS series featuring Huston on the world’s religions.
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