My opinion towards Smiths outlook onto the other cultures of the world is that he wasn’t the best at what he did although he did a pretty good job about keeping and open mind towards the other cultures I would have personal liked to have seen a further in depth look into each culture rather than a broad outlook on the different religions he talked about. The in-depth I am talking about is how they did the different practices/rituals towards worshipping their gods and goddesses. I would have loved to learn more about their gods and goddesses. The reason why I enrolled into the class was to learn more about the different religions out there in the vast religious world we call our planet. I wanted to see how the religion worked and not the people but then I thought you couldn’t have one without the other like a balance between the two or a direct correlation between the two. Now I really am not able to take anything away from this book because I am deism. Deism is to believe in a creator but with no name and basically letting things take the course they are on. Writing this book I think Smith was trying to open the readers eyes more than trying to convert or not to covert to a religion. We all strive to find enlightenment in our own way or fashion, its just religion helps people in the same way as a person who is a scientist trying to prove his thesis and or hypothesis depending on who you are talking to. Smith’s writing was very well rounded and had vast and knowledgeable vocabulary.
Like I said he did a good job of not putting Christianity or any other religion above one another. He did compare the religions he encountered to Christianity but that was for the reader, so he/she could grasp the concept of that religion better. I do think more people should read this book to help them understand other religions so they will be able to see what is put on that religion by our society. For my English class we have to do a self identity paper and one of the topics is how people put this stereotype over a persons religion like Christianity how some not all are close minded and unable to look pasted the gay rights movement, how the KKK did there horrific act out of Christ’s name, or how Westboro Baptist Church is giving Christians a bad name. Another group that gives its religion a bad name is Al Qaeda and how all Muslims are terrorists. Its what our society does to one another is to put a whole group behind a small sub section of that group that takes things to the extreme. I personally think that this is a hard fact that everyone should realize that this is happening and it doesn’t get published while celebrities and other nonsense its making the 6 o’clock news.