Monday, 8 August 2011

Gnosticism (1983)

Huston Smith. workshop on Gnosticism from 1983.

Huston Cummings Smith (born May 31, 1919 in Suzhou, China) is a religious studies scholar in the United States. His book The World's Religions (originally titled The Religions of Man) remains a popular introduction to comparative religion.

He taught at the Universities of Colorado in Boulder and Denver from 1944--1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958--1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert conducted at Harvard University. He then moved to Syracuse University where he was Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 1983 and current emeritus status. At University of California, Berkeley he is Visiting Professor of Religious Studies.

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