Augsburg Fortress

The Meaning and End of Religion

The Meaning and End of Religion

Wilfred Cantwell Smith, maintained in this vastly important work that Westerners have misperceived religious life by making "religion" into one thing. He shows the inadequacy of "religion" to capture the living, endlessly variable ways and traditions in which religious faith presents itself in the world.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800624750
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 352
  • Publication Date October 1, 1990


"Anyone who wishes to inquire about the nature of religious reality that underlies the diverse religious traditions of the world will find Wilfred Cantwell Smith's writings informative, suggestive, and illuminating."
— Joseph M. Kitagawa, University of Chicago

"The Meaning and End of Religion is a classic in the study of religion. As is his habit, Wilfred Cantwell Smith integrates meticulous care in examining historical and philosophical particulars with enormously impressive scope in the range of data he considers. The result is a deliberately and successfully provocative approach to both religious traditions and human faith."
— George Rupp, Rice University

Table of Contents

    Foreward by John Hick

  1. Introduction
  2. 'Religion' in the West
  3. Other cultures. 'The Religions'
  4. The Special Case of Islam
  5. Is the Concept Adequate?
  6. The Cumulative Tradition
  7. Faith
  8. Conclusion