Philip Novak is the Santo Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, where he has taught for over twenty years, and the author of The World's Wisdom, a widely used anthology of the sacred texts of the world's religions and the companion reader to Huston Smith's The World's Religions.
This is a compendium of sacred texts of the religions of the world, written as a companion for Huston Smith's classic The Religions of Man. Chapters cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Primal religions (e.g., Native American, African, etc.). The intent of the book is clearly to whet the appetite of the first-year college student by offering tidbits from the New Testament, Tao Te Ching, Qur'an, Hebrew Bible, etc., in small, tasty portions, easily consumed without any need for deep reading or reflection. The narratives accompanying the texts are informative but are sometimes woven into the texts, occasionally making it difficult to tell where the narrative leaves off and the texts actually begin. There is a lack of ample citations that would allow the interested student to track down the actual location of an excerpt in the original sacred manuscript. Yet when Novak's book is used jointly with Huston's, it will serve as a good text and supplementary reader for any college introductory class in religious studies. Recommended for undergraduate libraries.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
"[Shows] that all the widsom we need is already available to us in abundance."-- Thomas Moore"Phillip Novak's loving and imaginative presentation of key texts from several traditions offers an excellent resource . . . showing that all the wisdom we need is already available to us in abundance."-- Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul" and "Soul Mates""I do not know where I could turn to find a richer harvest."-- Huston Smith, author of "The World's Religions""A superb collection from the most entrancing literature ever to find expression in human language, literature that emerges from the mysterious depths os the soul where the primordial world of the sacred manifests itself most clearly."-- Thomas Berry, author of "The Dream of the Earth""Beautifully organized . . . the volume is a major contribution to both the lay and professional studies of religion."-- "Publishers Weekly