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"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

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Huston Smith Dies at 97: A Mentor to Me . . . and Millions

Huston Smith signed copies of his book, "And Live Rejoicing," at Sagrada bookstore, Oakland, CA, in September, 2012. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Huston Smith doesn’t know it, but he’s been my mentor for the past decade and a half – ever since I took a job as religion reporter at a local newspaper. Read more.


Religion Scholar Huston Smith at 93 — ‘Be Happy!’

huston smith and mary busby of Sagrada bookstore sing How Can I Keep From Singing? Photo by BF Newhall


Ninety-three-year-old Huston Smith rolled into the Sagrada bookstore in Oakland, California, in a push wheelchair the other day, ready to do what he does best – say something. At 93 and plagued as he is by hearing loss, weakened eyesight and debilitating osteoporosis, you’d think the popular author and religion scholar would be ready to take it easy. Not so. Read more.


Book Openers: Forgiveness Is Tough — Atonement, Even Tougher

TV host Phil Cousineau looks at the flip side of forgiveness — atonement — in his new book “Beyond Forgivenss.”


John Shelby Spong: Christianity (Some of It) Is Bunk

Former Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong minces no words: It’s time to ditch the two principle beliefs of Western religion. First,
that God is other. And second, that we are alienated from God, guilty as hell, and in dire need of atonement.


GodsBigBlog: OK, What’s God’s Big Blog?

“What is GodsBigBlog?” a reader asks. It’s God’s Big Blog — so named because God is big and humanity’s spiritual paths are many. I’m a religion writer in the tradition of Huston Smith . . .