The Big Picture: What the Religions of the World Teach Us about the Nature of Ultimate Reality

Version: Abridged
Author: Huston Smith
Narrator: Dr. Huston Smith
Genres: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: June 2002
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes
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Over eight decades after his birth to missionary parents in China, Huston Smith now finds himself in an age of disbelief that has led to a spiritual crisis unlike any that history has previously known. On The Big Picture, Smith draws from his lifetime of scholarship to describe for us the nature of ultimate reality. His description combines the most up-to-date findings of science with the enduring truths of the world's greatest religions, an alignment that offers firm grounds for hope. The vision is mystical and, as supported by the evidence Smith introduces, completely believable. Join this distinguished author, scholar, and teacher as he explores:

• What the world's great religions have in common, including their views of life after death

• The unrivaled power of science to describe the physical world while being unable to deal with values, meanings, and purposes

• The opportunity we now have to live in a complete world instead of the half-worlds that religion and science have thought we had to choose between, and much more

From as far back as he can remember, Huston Smith tells us his deepest longing has been to know the truth about the final nature of things. The Big Picture is the culmination of his quest – the widest-angle view of the world that is available to the human mind at this point in history.

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Huston

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling "The World's Religions", "Why Religion Matters", and his autobiography, "Tales of Wonder".