Summary: Huston Smith, the premier scholar of religious studies when he was alive, wrote key details about the major religions and hoped to bring back something that could help all of humanity.
Things I found interesting:
1. God's mercy and compassion are mentioned 192 times in the Koran, as opposed to 17 references to wrath and vengeance.
2. In the storyline for Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama(The Buddha) had all of the world's pleasures(including a wife and kid; my first time hearing about them)and left them to end suffering. Smith interestingly described his mission as egoistic.
3. According to historians, Jesus would have been 33 when he was crucified(That's so young).
My thoughts: In the end, Smith found that the common ground between the religions was based on the interconnectivity of everything, the idea that everything is better than it seems, and that a great deal of mystery remains to be uncovered. We live in a world where science and technology are at the forefront of discovery, but to say that either has all of the answers and that profound lessons can't be learned from religion is a big mistake.
What medium other than religion has illuminated values, purpose, and meaning for huge segments of the world's population? Isn't there a possibility based on historical trends that a new paradigm emerges that becomes more prominent than science(Is it A.I.?)?
Counter examples exist to the questions above, but these are the questions I created after reading this amazing book:
1. Can you create an amazing story about your ancestors and the traits that they've passed down that give you the possibility of thriving?
2. Can you create an amazing story about your struggles and the possibilities you have to triumph today?
3. Can you create an amazing story about your future prospects and the possibilities that exist tomorrow?
Eternal gratitude to all of you
Special honor to anyone in the military and this exemplary piece of literature.😄