Scientism, Religion And The Way Out (Part 1 of 2) with Huston Smith, Ph.D.

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Here the World Religions scholar extraordinaire expresses his portrayal of how we have become blind to the invisible world of spirituality through our reliance on the scientific method as the sacred cow of our society. Smith takes on E.O. Wilson’s prediction that the battle for the human soul in the 21st century is between science and religion, and waxes eloquent about the potential of true religious practice. If you’re wanting to catch the wave of the rediscovery of what it means to be human and alive, he has a wealth of wisdom to impart. (Part 2 of this dialogue is program 2859.) (hosted by Michael Toms)


Former professor at Washington University, M.I.T., and U.C. Berkeley, Smith was also  the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Syracuse University. His compelling classic, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, has been the preeminent text for introducing the world of religious wisdom to millions, and its subject and author were the focus of a highly acclaimed 1996 series of interviews with Bill Moyers on PBS.

He is the author of many books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why and how our culture is stuck in a tunnel
  • What is the fundamental ignorance that we labor under
  • Who are the mysterians
  • How you create heaven or hell in your life
  • Why does religion matter
  • How you can get beyond the dominant paradigm

Host: Michael Toms          Interview Date: 2/8/2001         Program Number: 2858

Music Included

From Album: Astral Meditation
Artist: Various Artists
1995 Milan 73138-35769-2
Track - A Song of Two Giants Originally

From Album: New Visions: World Religions, now available on: Star Rise
Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook
2013 Real World Records
Track - My Heart, My Life

From Album: Cosmopoly
Artist: Andreas Vollenweider
1999 Sony Music SK 89096
Track - Hush My Heart, Be Still