Background to the Long Search - Ninian SmartLondon: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the pastedown. Sticker remnant to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;
From the cover: “This book is published to accompany the BBC television programmes The Long Search and the Radio 3 series The Long Search Continued. It stands in its own right as an introduction to the living religions of the world.
The central chapters (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Religions within Hinduism, Beyond the White Frontier, China, and Japan) describe the practices and beliefs of a religion or group of religions. Ninian Smart examines the social, philosophical and historical factors which have shaped them and identifies the contributions each has made to man’s religious experience.
The common ground which underlies much mystical writing from quite different traditions, the particular ethical, intellectual or aesthetic glories of each faith, are here used to celebrate the living fact of religion, not just to analyse its remains.
The pictures are grouped in thematic sections to illustrate such subjects as holy places, prophets and teachers, temples, symbols, faces of heaven, or priests. The book is a magnificent introduction to a rich and varied field.”