His millions of fans and admirers around the world have known this was coming. Religion scholar Huston Smith was well into his 90s. His mind was sharp, but his hearing was failing. He had taken to a wheelchair in recent years. His last books were inspired -- but short.
All religious traditions are different in important and often disturbing ways. And yet, when diligently pursued to their innermost depths, they meet, like rivers in an ocean, in oneness and universal love.
The absurdity of God condemning non-Christians to hell is enough to destroy the childhood faith of many a thoughtful adolescent. A God who created the universe by merely wishing it into existence is almost as fatal.