Huston Smith: Essays on World Religion

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Postmodernism's Impact on the Study of Religion

Postmodernism has not displaced modernism; the two outlooks jostle one another as they compete for the current western mind. 1 So my subject is actually the impact of modernism and postmodernism on religious studies. Chronologically, I define modernism as the outlook that dominated the West from the seventeenth to (and into) the twentieth century, but which has had to share the stage increasingly with postmodernism as the decades of our century have unfolded. Substantively, modernism is the outlook that accepted the scientific worldview as definitive, while postmodernism is that scientistic worldview adjourned but not replaced. While the modern mind was flat because science cannot get its hands on values and the vertical dimension that betokens their worth, the postmodern mind is amorphous. Doubting that a deep structure exists, it settles for the constantly-shifting configurations of the phenomenal world. That my definitions focus on worldviews signals that I am approaching my subject metaphysically. I think we get farther that way than if we approach modernity via Hobbes, Locke, and the French Revolution.

With modernism and postmodernism thus defined, what is religion?


Religion's Central Posit: A Hierarchical Universe

It has not been easy for us to maintain our bearings in this tumultuous century, so I propose to roll back the decades to its opening

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This essay was originally given as a plenary address at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 19, 1989, in Anaheim, California, and was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion LVIII/ 4 ( 1990): 653-670.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • Notes xxix
  • PART I FOUNDATIONS 1
  • Accents of the World's Philosophies 3
  • Accents of the World's Religions 18
  • Conclusion 32
  • Notes 33
  • Truth in Comparative Perspective 37
  • PART II THE SPLENDID PRISM 55
  • East Asia Transcendence in Traditional China 57
  • Tao 1 Now: An Ecological Testament 71
  • A Note on Shinto 93
  • Spiritual Discipline in Zen and Comparative Perspective 96
  • "Celestial Mirages": Reflections on Thought and Truth 113
  • Conclusion 123
  • Notes 124
  • South Asia India and the Infinite 129
  • Vedic Religion and the Soma Experience 135
  • Conclusion 152
  • BIBLIOGRAPRY 155
  • The Importance of the Buddha 161
  • Tibetan Chant: Inducing the Spirit 1 166
  • References 175
  • The West The Western Way: An Essay on Reason and the Given 176
  • The Conceptual Crisis in the Modern West 197
  • Western Philosophy as a Great Religion 205
  • PART III CONSEQUENCES: SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND ECUMENICAL 225
  • The Relevance of the Great Religions for the Modern World 227
  • Another World to Live in, or How I Teach the Introductory Course 237
  • This Ecumenical Moment: What Are We Seeking? 250
  • Conclusion 260
  • Postmodernism's Impact on the Study of Religion 262
  • References 279
  • Bibliography 281
  • Index 288
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