Motorcycles and wind turbines

“For 20 points. 1,000–1,200 words. Choose two pictures. One should illustrate the history of Texans relating to their land. The other should look to the future to address challenges facing the state and its land. Explain where the pictures came from and why you think they are good illustrations of the past and future of our relation to the land. Due Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m.”

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In 1958, renowned religious expert Huston Smith published a groundbreaking book titled The World’s Religions. 57 years and two million copies later, the book remains an authoritative summary of the world’s major faiths.

This month, for the first time, I read Smith’s book. (Actually, I had to read it for an honors class I’m taking this semester.)

Perusing this particular publication has proven to be profoundly provocative. Allow me to briefly summarize my most memorable musings.

Rather than focusing on one particular religion in the book, I have been thinking about all faiths corporately. More specifically, I’ve grappled with the question, Is there something all these religions—despite their undeniable diversity—have in common?

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