Sacred Texts of the World

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Sacred Texts of the World

A Universal Anthology

A perennial bestseller, this collection of readings remains a favorite of teachers of world religions for its impartial tone and its balance of major contemporary religious traditions with primitive, ancient, and esoteric religions.

"Those who look to an anthology like this one have two needs: one is for a work which serves as an informative anthology of the world's most important and normative sacred texts; the other is for a handbook of spiritual messages."
—from the introduction by Ninian Smart and Richard D. Hecht

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“Distinctive in selecting excerpts not only from classic religious texts but also from those of long-dead faiths (Greek, Egyptian, etc.) from ‘small-scale traditional religions’ (American Indian, Polynesian), from new religious bodies (Mormon, Moonie) and from secular world views (Bertrand Russell, Marx, U.N. charter preamble). Religions with sections all their own are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and Sikhism.”
Los Angeles Times


“A well-annotated, impartial anthology of key texts from world religions—including the primitive, ancient, and esoteric alongside the living faiths of both Western and Eastern cultures . . . The excerpts are grouped by faiths and subclassified by type: sacred narratives, doctrines, rituals, institutional expressions, experience, and ethics . . . There are good bibliographies at the end of each section.”
A.L.A. Booklist

Paperback / 448 pages
Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 9 3/4