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BILL MOYERS: THE WISDOM OF FAITH WITH HUSTON SMITH
On DVD from Athena September 20, 2011

"Thoughtful and absorbing"—The New York Times
"Spiritual travelogue"—Newsweek

Silver Spring, MD — A revealing exploration of world religions, the Emmy-nominated interview program broadcast on PBS, Bill Moyers: The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith arrives to DVD from Athena on September 20, 2011. Bestselling author and professor of comparative religion Huston Smith (The World’s Religions) sits down with legendary Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning journalist Bill Moyers (PBS, NBC, CBS, Newsday) for a series of lively and engrossing interviews about the universal truths of the world’s religions. Broadcast in late 1990s, this series of conversations provides thoughtful insights into the world’s largest religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—and how, taken at their best, they provide universal truths that unite and define the human spirit. The 2-Vol. DVD set includes a viewers’ guide, biographies, and more (5 episodes, $49.99, www.AcornOnline.com). The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith is Athena’s eighth release from Moyers’ acclaimed library of programs.

All religions, at their core, are the same: this remarkable claim is made by Huston Smith, bestselling author and former professor of comparative religion at Syracuse University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley. Raised by Christian missionaries, Smith also practices yoga, embraced his daughter’s conversion to Judaism, and, for a decade, adopted the Islamic tradition of praying five times a day. He has traveled around the world, visiting ashrams and temples, synagogues and mosques, zen masters and swamis.

Smith’s book The World’s Religions has sold more than 2 ½ million copies worldwide since 1958, and is considered one of the defining treatises on the subject.

EPISODES: Hinduism & Buddhism, Confucianism; Christianity & Judaism; Islam; A Personal Philosophy

BONUS FEATURES: 12-page viewer’s guide with an examination of god in different religions and articles on religious rules, the concept of service, and the Architecture of Faith; Biographies of Huston Smith and Bill Moyers and a gallery of religious iconography, plus more at AthenaLearning.com

Street Date: Sept. 20, 2011
SRP: $49.99
DVD 2-Vol. Boxed Set – 5 Episodes - Approx. 276 minutes – SDH subtitles

Athena released Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (Sept. 2010), on Faith and Reason (Nov. 2010), Genesis-A Living Conversation (Nov. 2010), In Search of the Constitution (Feb. 2011), A World of Ideas-Writers (Feb. 2011), The Language of Life (April 2011), and God & Politics (July 2011).

Athena releases provide an authoritative and entertaining learning experience through high quality, informative, non-fiction programming. Athena’s releases include 20th Century with Mike Wallace, Genius of Britain, The Making of the President, Cosmos-A Beginners Guide, The Genius of Design, Discovering Hamlet, Playing Shakespeare, Weapons Races, The Battle of Marjah, and The Story of Math. Clips are available at www.athenalearning.com. Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com.

Press Contact (screeners, box art/stills and interviews):
Chad Campbell, Acorn Media, 301.608.2115 ext. 138, ccampbell@acornmedia.com


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